Family fugue: The music of ‘Bob’s Burgers’

Part of what makes Bob’s Burgers such a great show is its ability to deliver funny, clever, and surprisingly good original music nearly every week. From silly riffs about Linda’s search for Harry Truman or Gene’s fear of snakes, to full-blown musical numbers like Gene’s ode to Thomas Edison “Electric Love.”

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The Simpsons said it: 9 times ‘The Simpsons’ embiggened the American lexicon

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF Today begins FXX’s 12-day Simpsons marathon. As a result, the Internet is having a veritable orgasm of Simpsons clickbait. So it’s time we get on the bandwagon. I’ll post a more thoughtful piece on the show’s lasting cultural impact next week. In the meantime, here’s something to hold you over. Like Shakespeare before it,…

Wild Pitches: Gaza edition

By TPC STAFF With the current conflict in the Gaza Strip entering its fourth week, the Western media has been struggling to keep the narrative fresh. While there’s some thoughtful reporting out there, most of the coverage has devolved into partisan noise and celebrity nonsense. But now that we’ve entered the media circus portion of this story’s life, here are some tone…

Name that town: Rejected portmantowns

By JIM SABATASO | STAFF A portmanteau is a word created by combining of two or more other words together to create a new one. Think smog (smoke/fog), spork (spoon/fork), turducken (turkey/duck/chicken/dark magic). Sometimes, towns are named this way — Texarkana, TX (and Arkansas), Kanardo, KS. But not all portmantowns (© 2014, ThePlaidCrew.com) are winners. Here…