BoJack Horseman has finally ended. The series began in 2014 and followed a cartoon horse named BoJack (Will Arnett), a washed up celebrity from a 90s sitcom, who after many years is ready to re-establish himself in Hollywood.
While BoJack is a sitcom series, it often veers into darker territory. Mostly because the characters are all broken in one way or another. And even though the series largely follows cartoon animals, it’s one of the most human shows I’ve ever seen. As a character, BoJack is an addict and is depressed, he can makes terrible decisions and can be a despicable person at times. You see that he feels guilty for the bad things he’s done, but it takes a lot for someone to change as person, and BoJack usually falls back into his bad habits.
Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie) is where the morality of the series comes from and often serves as the voice of reason. I identify with her in many ways. She’s a writer, an advocate, and a feminist, but she too is lost and feels life slowly eating away at her. Her and BoJack’s relationship serves as the crux of the series.
I found at least one thing to be relatable in each of the main characters. The supporting cast of Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul), and Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Thompkins) are all perfect casting. Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter have a endearing friendship where they often get into shenanigans, they’re both naive, but there’s more depth to both of them as the series goes on. Princess Carolyn is a workaholic, but is ambitious career woman who goes out of her way to help her friends.
Since the series takes place in Hollywood, it largely follows what’s been happening in Hollywood (and America) in recent years. Some episodes tackle the gun violence controversy, the pro-choice vs pro-life movement, internet culture, cancel culture, and Me Too. Not only does the series feel timely because of this, but it helped me understand these highly conflicted times and really how quickly we forget about these things.
BoJack is one of the things that made me realize that there are no happy endings. Life is full of moments of ups and downs, and even if you are able to achieve your dreams that doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be happy for the rest of your life. Life is what you make of it, and it can really be difficult to make the most out of life sometimes.
BoJack Horseman is extremely bittersweet. The show can make you laugh, but it also makes you sad. It also made me reflect on myself as a person. I must give credit to creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg for creating this strange yet melancholic world. The writing was clever and the show had a couple of creative, stand-alone episodes like “Free Churro” that have still stuck with me. And overall, I believe BoJack is one of the best shows on Netflix.
I give BoJack Horseman an A-