Bob and Margaret

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  • TV-14
  • 1998
  • 4 Seasons
  • 7.0  (728)

Bob and Margaret is an animated television show that aired from 1993 to 2001, produced by Nelvana and created by Dave Fine and Jeff Jackson. The show follows the lives of a married couple, Bob and Margaret Fish, who live in Toronto, Canada. The show is known for its unique animation style and humor, as well as its portrayal of typical Canadian city life.

Bob is a dentist while Margaret is a librarian. The two live a comfortable and contented life together, but their daily routines are often interrupted by the everyday trials and tribulations of their community, friends, family, and colleagues.

The animation style used in Bob and Margaret employs a minimalist approach, with the characters rendered in a simple, unadorned manner. This style plays into the show’s smart, dry humor and also emphasizes the characters' practical, everyday nature. The show is driven by the chemistry between the two leads, voiced by Andy Hamilton, who play off each other well, their easy banter adding to the show’s charm.

The show is largely episodic, with each new episode featuring the couple facing a different challenge or situation. One episode might feature Bob struggling to find patients for his dental practice, while another could involve Margaret's efforts to organize a library book sale. Despite the different topics, each episode highlights the show’s grounded and relatable approach to life's challenges.

One aspect of the show that stands out is its exploration of what it means to be a married couple. Bob and Margaret are depicted as having a strong relationship, but the show doesn't shy away from the subtle tensions that arise between them. Whether it's disagreements about what to do on an evening out or whether to get a new dog, the show is not afraid to portray a realistic marriage where things don't always go according to plan.

Another key element of the show is its focus on the daily lives of its two main characters. Bob and Margaret work hard, come home, and enjoy their life together in their down-to-earth way. The show doesn't need big dramatic events to keep the audience engaged, as viewers invest in the characters' hopes, dreams, and struggles, regardless of how mundane they may seem.

Bob and Margaret also features a colorful cast of supporting characters, each of them presenting their own unique quirks and personalities. Characters like the Fish’s eccentric neighbor, their business savvy dental assistant, and Margaret’s work colleagues all bring their own contributions to the show’s rich, Canadian-life-enhancing experiences.

Overall, the show's small-scale nature and gentle humor make it an endearing example of Canadian animation. Bob and Margaret is a show that viewers of all ages can relate to and enjoy. The show represents a simpler time in television, while still maintaining a sharp wit and timely jokes that will appeal to modern audiences. In its own understated way, Bob and Margaret remains a classic and memorable show that still delights audiences today.

Bob and Margaret is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (53 episodes). The series first aired on June 22, 1998.

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Outward Bound
13. Outward Bound
August 16, 2002
Bob joins his male colleagues on a canoe trip to a provincial park. His trip is marred not only by bears and storms but by frequent cell phone calls from Margaret who is left behind at home to deal with some incompetent floor tillers.
Gary
12. Gary
August 16, 2002
Bob and Margaret thought they knew everything about their next door neighbours, until Joyce and Trevor introduce them to their grown son, Gary. Joyce and Trevor have a son? Gary is on medication and was discharged from the army and has moved back home. Trevor asks Bob to take him to work with him. Bob cant imagine anything worse, until Gary takes a romantic interest in Bobs receptionist, Heather.
A Very Fishy Christmas
11. A Very Fishy Christmas
August 16, 2002
Bob and Margaret experience a truly Canadian Christmas. First they are asked to dinner at their cousins Cookie and Melvins house for Christmas dinner, then they brave a house fire, a turbulent winter storm and the most dreaded of all Canadian Christmas traditions the office party.
Gone To Seed
10. Gone To Seed
August 16, 2002
Bob decides to donate his sperm to a local sperm bank. Margaret, already uncomfortable with the idea, is horrified to learn that her co-worker Guinevere will be the lucky recipient of Bobs donation.
Mastermind
9. Mastermind
August 16, 2002
When Bob and Margaret have a fender-bender with a local mobster, they accidentally turn him into the police. Mad Dog Malone is not impressed. Will their new security alarm be enough to protect them from harm when Mad Dog is released from prison just days later?
I, Bob
8. I, Bob
August 16, 2002
When an efficiency expert comes to assess the Inner City Dental Clinic, Bob gets side shifted out of a job. He then embarks on a journey of self-discovery and group therapy.
Mummy's Boy
7. Mummy's Boy
August 16, 2002
Bobs mother is coming all the way from England to visit him. Or is she? When Daisy arrives at the airport, Bob is shocked to learn that she has a new Toronto boyfriend and plans to spend her Toronto trip with him instead of Bob and Margaret.
An Ordinary Dentist
6. An Ordinary Dentist
August 16, 2002
Margaret is nominated for the Golden Arch Support award for outstanding service in the field of footcare. Bob is a bit jealous. The nomination includes a trip to romantic Quebec City, but Bob is not feeling very romantic.
The Player
5. The Player
August 16, 2002
Bob attends a personal finance seminar to help him get his hopeless financial house in order. After combing through his new books and motivational tapes, Bob becomes hooked on day trading.
Jury Duty
4. Jury Duty
August 16, 2002
Margaret gets called to Jury Duty but Bob has planned a holiday for them and begs her to get herself excused. Margaret insists on performing her societal duty and remaining on the jury.
The Candidate
3. The Candidate
August 16, 2002
Margaret finds herself inadvertently running for City Council when the candidate she is supporting drops out of the race. Bob gets caught up in his role as the man-behind-the-woman.
Life Saver
2. Life Saver
August 16, 2002
Bob inadvertently saves the life of a suicidal man who then decides to become Bob's best friend. Bob, who has always felt the lack of real mates in his life, is flattered.
New Lease On Life
1. New Lease On Life
August 16, 2002
Bob and Margaret have near-death experience when Bob nearly crashes their car. They decide to turn over a new leaf and live their lives more fully.
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Where to Watch Bob and Margaret
Bob and Margaret is available for streaming on the Nelvana website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Bob and Margaret on demand at Amazon and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 22, 1998
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (728)