|God, the Devil and Bob|
|Created by||Matthew Carlson|
|Voices of||James Garner |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production companies||Vanity Logo Productions|
The Carsey-Werner Company
|Original network||NBC (first four episodes) |
Adult Swim (remaining nine episodes)
|Picture format||4:3 SDTV|
|Original release||March 9, 2000 -|
March 26, 2011
God, the Devil and Bob is an animated sitcom which aired on NBC from March 9 to March 28, 2000, leaving nine episodes unaired. It was created by Matthew Carlson. The entire series was released on Region 1 DVD in the United States on January 4, 2005. Reruns of the series began airing on Cartoon Network's late night programming block, Adult Swim, on January 1, 2011 with the network airing the nine remaining episodes of the series from January 8 to March 26, 2011.
Thirteen episodes were made, but only four were broadcast in the United States before the series was canceled due to a combination of low ratings and pressure from religious activists, despite receiving mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Garner wrote in his memoirs that "It's a shame we went out of business so soon because I loved playing God."
The show, however, was well received in places such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Latin America (including Brazil), where BBC Two, RTÉ, and Fox, respectively, aired the entire series. It was once broadcast on the now-defunct Philippine channel Maxxx.
The series was based on God (voiced by James Garner) and the Devil (voiced by Alan Cumming) making a bet over the fate of the world. God wants to wipe humanity off the face of the planet and start over, but he realizes that he's "not that kind of God." The Devil gets to choose one person, and if that person does not prove they have made the world a better place, God will destroy the world. The Devil chooses Bob Allman (voiced by French Stewart), a beer-drinking, porno-watching auto plant worker from the suburbs of Detroit who, when asked to save humanity from complete annihilation, asks "What's in it for me?" After saving humanity in the pilot episode, the series revolves around Bob being God's "Go-To Guy" whenever he gets a great idea to help out the world.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"In the Beginning"||Jeff DeGrandis||Matthew Carlson||March 9, 2000||101|
|God has become disappointed enough in the world to consider destroying it. He decides to give the world a second chance if Bob can show him one soul worth saving, but Bob is unsure how to proceed.|
|2||"Andy Runs Away"||Swinton O. Scott III||Matthew Carlson||March 14, 2000||105|
|Andy runs away to Canada when God refuses to present himself to Andy's friends. The Devil tries being nicer to Smeck. Megan gets a crush on Donna's college classmate.|
|3||"Date from Hell"||Steve Ressel||Matthew Carlson||March 21, 2000||103|
|The Devil doesn't believe that Bob is taking him seriously, so he decides to teach Bob a lesson by dating his daughter.|
|4||"The Devil's Birthday"||Sherie Pollack||Matthew Carlson||March 28, 2000||106|
The Devil goes to hell with all the world's evil when God forgets his birthday.Note: This is the last episode to air on NBC before the show was cancelled.
|5||"Neighbor's Keeper"||Sherie Pollack||Matthew Carlson||January 8, 2011||102|
Bob helps save his neighbors' marriage; Donna decides to return to college after 14 years.Note: This is the first episode to air on Adult Swim after they picked up the rest of the unaired episodes from the show's first season.
|6||"God's Favorite"||Dan Fausett||Matthew Carlson||January 22, 2011||104|
|Bob believes he is indestructible and cannot die; the Devil feels neglected when God doesn't call him about their golf outing.|
|7||"Bob Gets Committed"||Steve Ressel||Alex Reid||February 12, 2011||107|
|When Bob defaces a billboard along the freeway, he gets arrested; when he tells the police he's God's messenger, he gets committed.|
|8||"Lonely at the Top"||Dan Fausett||Alex Reid||February 19, 2011||108|
|God decides to pose as "Arthur from Ypsilanti" to live a day in the life of an average person, but he doesn't fit in with Bob's friends.|
|9||"Bob Gets Greedy"||Swinton O. Scott III||Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson||February 26, 2011||109|
|Bob finds future sports scores on the Devil's Palm Pilot and considers it a blessing when he gambles and wins.|
|10||"There's Too Much Sex on TV"||Sherie Pollack||Matthew Carlson||March 5, 2011||110|
|God sends Bob to Hollywood to do something about all the sex on TV. This episode features the voice of Sarah Michelle Gellar, playing a character addressed only as "That Actress on That Show".|
|11||"Bob's Father"||Steve Ressel||Matthew Carlson||March 12, 2011||111|
|Bob visits his dying father (voiced by Troy Evans) in the hospital hoping to make amends, but he ends up telling the angry, abusive old man to go to Hell.|
|12||"God's Girlfriend"||Dan Fausett||Neil Thompson & Gary Murphy||March 19, 2011||112|
|While Bob is out with his family, God bumps into an old girlfriend (voiced by Elizabeth Taylor) who invites him to dinner. God wants to cancel the date; meanwhile, the Devil attempts to cause chaos in Heaven.|
|13||"Bob Gets Involved"||Swint O. Scott III||Gary Murphy & Neil Thompson||March 26, 2011||113|
|Bob leads a clueless vigilante group determined to fight against the evils of society--totally unaware how his actions will impact his family.|
20th Century Fox has released the complete series on DVD in Region 1. The 2-disc set features an extensive array of special features including commentaries, interviews and audition tapes.
|DVD Name||Episodes||Release Date
|Complete Series||13||January 4, 2005||