Everyone knows - and surely loves - a Bob. So to honor all those wonderful folks anointed with the handle of humble heroes, he's a list of the best Bobs.
Everyone knows — and surely loves — a Bob. So to honor all those wonderful folks anointed with the handle of humble heroes, he’s a list of the best Bobs.
10. SpongeBob SquarePants
No other Bob can lay claim to living in a pineapple under the sea, which makes him pretty cool in our book. He’s also the happiest Bob on the list.
9. Bob Ross
As the host of “The Joy of Painting” for the ’80s and ’90s, Bob Ross was a pure delight. Who would’ve guessed his personal work, away from the show, was some seriously dark, doom stuff? Let’s put a happy, little demon right here.
8. Bob Wiley
Bill Murray’s role as Bob Wiley in “What About Bob?” isn’t considered one of his best performances, but he sure was a diligent pet owner who took loving care of his goldfish Gil.
Babu may only pop up here and there on “Archer,” and the “fox-eared asshole” pissed on everything, but there’s a reason Archer loved him. He remembers him.
6. Bob Odenkirk
After getting his start on “Saturday Night Live”, Bob Odenkirk had a number of supporting roles, but it wasn’t until “Breaking Bad” that many people found out how brilliant he could be. It’s a shame because “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” the sketch show he co-created with David Cross, is criminally under-watched despite its cult following.
5. Bob Newhart
His first comedy album, “The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart,” became the first comedy album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts, and then won a Grammy for Album of the Year. Newhart went on to have a hugely successful — and hilarious — career as a comedian, including the legendary sitcom “The Bob Newhart Show.”
4. Billy Bob Thornton
It’s hard to predict which projects Billy Bob Thornton will choose, or how he’ll approach them, but he’s capable of being transcendent. Have you seen the “Fargo” mini-series?!
3. Sideshow Bob
As one of the most infamous guest characters on “The Simpsons,” Sideshow Bob has had many memorable moments, but the best is his calamitous encounter with the rakes in “Cape Feare.” Although trying to kill Aunt Selma is pretty commendable as well.
2. Bob Dylan
The folk icon was obviously a musical genius, but if Bob Dylan hadn’t changed his last name (from Zimmerman), his career wouldn’t have been the same. It’s the “Dylan” that really complements the wonderful brevity of his first name.
1. Bob Belcher
As the put-upon burger joint owner and father in “Bob’s Burgers,” no other Bob fully encapsulates the subtle intrepidness essential of being a “Bob.” And even though his job is demanding, Bob always finds a moment of levity — like the Say It Ain't Cilantro Burger which, “Doesn't come with cilantro. Because cilantro is terrible.”