What Characters! Part II

(Above: Tina Belcher in ‘Bob’s Burgers.’ )

The vast TV universe provides a slew of kooky female fictional characters for us to laugh at – and with.

Yesterday, we looked at some of my favorite flakes from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Insecure, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and The Office.

Today, we consider three more:

Tina Belcher (Bob’s Burgers)

In the animated Bob’s Burgers, Tina Belcher (voiced by Dan Mintz) rides turbulent waves of puberty. She is fixated on butts and sexual fantasies. Her favorite pastime is writing erotic fiction. Yet, she still has childlike interests such as rainbows and unicorns. Although Tina frequently moans, she rarely shows emotions other than indifference and lust. Besides attending school, Tina works at her family’s burger joint with her equally peculiar siblings. When she’s not drooling over her love interests, Tina manages to be the heartfelt older sister.

Bob’s Burgers’ ninth season will premiere on Fox September 30. New episodes also stream on Hulu. A handful of episodes from past seasons are free at adultswim.com/videos/bobs-burgers. Finally, you can purchase individual episodes from the past eight seasons starting at $1.99 from Vudu or other providers.

Kimmy Schmidt (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)

From the writing team of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt starts with Kimmy’s (Ellie Kemper) emergence from a bunker where she was held captive for 15 years. During her captivity, Kimmy and her fellow female inmates were immersed in the doomsday teachings of the Reverend John Wayne Gary Wayne (Jon Hamm). Once set loose in “post-apocalyptic” New York City, Kimmy enthusiastically befriends a range of wacky characters. Her bubbly persona, however, masks PTSD, boundary issues, depression and more. Tonally, the series has much in common with Fey’s 30 Rock.

Sadly, season four will be Kimmy’s last.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is exclusive to Netflix subscribers.

 April Ludgate (Parks and Recreation)

“I hate talking to people about things.”

April is fascinated with the dark and dreary, including cult sacrifices, other peoples’ misery and all things hellish. She also interns at Pawnee, Indiana’s Parks and Recreation, a department dedicated to community wellbeing. April despises people and only cares for animals. But she also enjoys roleplaying, occasionally dressing up as her alter ego Janet Snakehole, an aristocratic widow sporting a black veil and cigarette holder. April also has an openly gay boyfriend whom she shares with another man. Still, kernels of surprising truth flow through April’s wicked, cheerless mind.

All seven seasons are available from Amazon Prime, Hulu and Netflix. You can buy individual episodes for $1.99 and up from Google Play and other sources.

About Elisa Greenberg

Elisa Greenberg is a casting agent and comedy writer based in New York.

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