God, the Devil and Bob
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God, the Devil and Bob
God, the Devil and Bob
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Created byMatthew Carlson
Voices ofJames Garner
Alan Cumming
French Stewart
Nancy Cartwright
Jeff Doucette
Laurie Metcalf
Kath Soucie
ComposerSean Murray
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesVanity Logo Productions
NBC Studios
The Carsey-Werner Company
DistributorCarsey-Werner Distribution
Original networkNBC[1] (first four episodes)
Adult Swim (remaining nine episodes)
Picture format4:3 SDTV
Original releaseMarch 9, 2000 (2000-03-09) -
March 26, 2011 (2011-03-26)

God, the Devil and Bob is an animated sitcom which aired on NBC from March 9 to March 28, 2000, leaving nine episodes unaired.[2] 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.[3][4]

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.[5][6][7][8]

Garner wrote in his memoirs that "It's a shame we went out of business so soon because I loved playing God."[9]

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.[10][11]


  • God (voiced by James Garner)[12] - The laid-back, beer-drinking deity, whose human appearance is visually styled on Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. Though he is distressed with the state of the world and is considering destroying it and starting over, even going so far as to design a new universe where marsupials replace humanity and humanity "is somewhere down the food chain", he wants to give humanity a sporting chance. Though he and the Devil appear to have put much of their differences behind them, and are frequently seen socializing, God has a habit of constantly forgetting the devil's birthday. He often wears sunglasses and drinks light beer. He enjoys poptarts, corn nuts and spacefood sticks because of their convenience. Though he is normally invisible to everyone but Bob, children can also see him. He has guidance over people's souls until they are 12.
  • The Devil (also known as Lucifer) (voiced by Alan Cumming) - The Devil is trying to persuade God to destroy the world, and is constantly trying to thwart Bob in his attempts to save it. He is a margarita drinker and drives a purple Dodge Charger described by Bob as the "coolest car [he's] ever seen". Despite appearances, the Devil is needy and co-dependent, often reduced to tears when God ignores, or forgets about, him to the point he planned to go to war with Heaven when God forgot their golf outing. He also goes into vicious rants when he loses a game (i.e. bowling with God). He has influence over people's souls from the ages of 12-20. He often observed Bob and plots ways to cause chaos but rarely does anything that is more than an inconvenience. One episode where God began acting human had him delight in being unsupervised only to quickly tire of it being "pointless" without god. He says it's like a chess game implying he only plots against God out of habit and for attention. Robert Downey Jr. was originally cast to voice the Devil, but was forced to pull out because of his relapse into drug addiction.[]
  • Bob Allman (voiced by French Stewart) - The pornography-watching, under-educated prophet/messenger of God. He is an auto plant worker from Detroit, and is a huge fan of the Red Wings. Despite his numerous failings, God has faith in him and Bob eventually pulls through. He is very unsure of being qualified or capable to save the world. He clearly loves his family and goes to extreme lengths to keep them safe. As the series progresses, Bob appears to start to be on friendly terms with both God and the Devil, though the latter is still frequently antagonistic towards Bob.
  • Donna Allman (voiced by Laurie Metcalf) - Bob's wife who is constantly trying her best to be a good mother. She doesn't believe Bob's claims that he is working for God and thinks he must be delusional. She has recently returned to college after 14 years of parenting.
  • Megan Allman (voiced by Nancy Cartwright)[13] - Bob and Donna's 13-year-old daughter and eldest child. She is overly rebellious, insistent, very stubborn, bad-tempered and unruly, yet loves her family... very deep down. She's also a bit of a hypocrite, as just after stating that their family doesn't do anything, she blows off family dinner to phone a friend.
  • Andy Allman (voiced by Kath Soucie) - Bob and Donna's 6-year-old son. He is a sweet, good-natured boy who looks up to his father. He is the only person who really believes Bob talks to God and the Devil. At one point in the beginning of the show, he actually sees God.
  • Smeck (voiced by Jeff Doucette) - An imp-like demon who is the Devil's put-upon henchman apprentice. In spite of the abuse he suffers at the Devil's hands, he remains loyal to his master. It is suggested in an early episode that he is among the oldest demons in hell. In episode seven, we learn the Devil would fire him were it not for his union and would kill him if he had not promised Smeck's mother on her deathbed.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"In the Beginning"Jeff DeGrandisMatthew CarlsonMarch 9, 2000 (2000-03-09)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 IIIMatthew CarlsonMarch 14, 2000 (2000-03-14)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 ResselMatthew CarlsonMarch 21, 2000 (2000-03-21)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 PollackMatthew CarlsonMarch 28, 2000 (2000-03-28)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 PollackMatthew CarlsonJanuary 8, 2011 (2011-01-08)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 FausettMatthew CarlsonJanuary 22, 2011 (2011-01-22)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 ResselAlex ReidFebruary 12, 2011 (2011-02-12)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 FausettAlex ReidFebruary 19, 2011 (2011-02-19)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 IIIGary Murphy & Neil ThompsonFebruary 26, 2011 (2011-02-26)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 PollackMatthew CarlsonMarch 5, 2011 (2011-03-05)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 ResselMatthew CarlsonMarch 12, 2011 (2011-03-12)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 FausettNeil Thompson & Gary MurphyMarch 19, 2011 (2011-03-19)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 IIIGary Murphy & Neil ThompsonMarch 26, 2011 (2011-03-26)113
Bob leads a clueless vigilante group determined to fight against the evils of society--totally unaware how his actions will impact his family.

Home release

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
(region 1)
Special features
Complete Series 13 January 4, 2005
  • Commentaries by Matt Carlson and Harvey Myman
  • Voice over audition tapes
  • Digital Storyboards
  • "Let There Be God, The Devil and Bob!" Making of God, the Devil and Bob
  • On the set interviews


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  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 378-379. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ "Schedule Update - 11/22/10 - Adult Swim Message Boards". Boards.adultswim.com. Archived from the original on 2012-03-12. Retrieved .
  4. ^ "Schedule". Adult Swim. 2014-07-14. Archived from the original on 2011-10-04. Retrieved .
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  7. ^ Wells, Matt (2000-10-19). "BBC buys animated sitcom that shook US". London: Guardian. Retrieved .
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  9. ^ Garner, James; Winokur, Jon (2011). The Garner Files: A Memoir. Simon & Schuster. p. 266.
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  11. ^ "'god' shows nbc's new faith in animation". New York Daily News. 2000-03-12. Retrieved .[dead link]
  12. ^ Churchill, Bonnie (2000-02-25). "Garner Truly Thanks God For His Latest Starring Role". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Bart Simpson's Voice Eager For New Challenge". Chicago Tribune. 2000-03-08. Retrieved .

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