Loren Hal Bouchard (born October 10, 1969) is a writer, director, producer, composer, and voice actor for several animated TV shows and a co-creator of Home Movies (along with Brendon Small). He is also the creator of Bob's Burgers, Lucy: The Daughter of the Devil, and Central Park.
A high-school dropout, Bouchard was working as a bartender in 1993 when he bumped into a former grade school teacher of his, Tom Snyder. Snyder asked if Bouchard was still drawing, and then offered Bouchard a chance to work on a few animated short films Snyder was making. The shorts developed into Bouchard's first series, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, which he produced. He credits Jonathan Katz, H. Jon Benjamin, and Snyder as major influences.
Towards the end of Dr. Katz, Bouchard and Brendon Small teamed up to create Home Movies. The show was picked up initially by UPN, who dropped it after five episodes; the remaining eight shows from season one, and the subsequent three seasons were shown on Adult Swim. The show was not renewed after the conclusion of the fourth season in 2004.
After Home Movies concluded and another Bouchard pilot, Saddle Rash, was not picked up, Bouchard created Lucy, the Daughter of the Devil. The show's pilot was created on October 30, 2005, but it was not until September 2007 that the show debuted as a weekly feature on Adult Swim.
Bouchard is an executive producer and the creator for the series Bob's Burgers, which premiered on January 9, 2011 on Fox. He created the show about a working-class family because he found that type of family more interesting and didn't see characters like that represented much on TV. He also grew up in a blue-collar family with creative aspirations and modeled the Belcher family after his own.
Bouchard lives in San Francisco with his wife, Holly Kretschmar. The couple married on September 3, 2006.
He also has two children.