One of the biggest reasons why Bob and Linda are such great parents is this unwavering support for their children, even when they don’t know what the hell they’re supporting. In “The Frond Files,” the parents are called in to a meeting to discuss three essays that the children wrote. Yes, the stories are a little fucked up, but Bob and Linda are full of compliments for Louise’s, brought to tears by Gene’s, and just overall defend every word. The school is put off by the children’s creativity; Bob and Linda embrace it. They allow their children to be as weird as they want to be without judgment (and they even share much of this weirdness), which is going to help them grow up into strong and confident adults.
Family is the key to Bob’s Burgers’ success. There is a memorable scene in “Wonder Wharf Part II” when the Belchers think they’re about to die and all repetitively say “I love you” to each other as other characters look on, confused. It’s a good thesis statement for the show: The Belchers love each other, no matter what, even though the reasons why they do baffle outsiders. To non-Belchers, the family is nothing but a group of loud oddballs. Other shows may have had the parents take a cynical approach to Louise, Gene, and Tina’s exhausting eccentricities, but here, Bob and Linda never stop cheering them on.