Netflix almost always hits the mark with it’s original TV shows, but “Bojack Horseman” is something special. Buried beneath over-hyped shows like “Stranger Things” and “Making a Murderer,” “Bojack Horseman” has not gotten the credit it deserves. The animated show follows, you guessed it, Bojack Horseman- a washed up actor who worked on a family sitcom in the ‘90s. Voiced by Will Arnett, Bojack is deeply flawed, complicated and hilarious.
The show presents itself as a comedy but has a seriously dark undertone, which brings the characters to life in deeply human way- even though the cast is comprised almost entirely of animals. That’s right, the show centers around anthropomorphic animals; Bojack Horseman is in fact, a horse. While the idea of a TV show where the characters are animated animals may be a turn-off for some, the show is brilliantly executed and outrageously witty.
Now in season three, “Bojack Horseman” has covered some serious topics and the show tackles a lot of moral dilemmas head on. The character Bojack is quite relatable, if a little extreme. Bojack struggles with a serious alcohol problem, self-loathing and a cynical outlook on the world, but ultimately has just enough redeeming qualities to make him likeable. Following his departure from the sitcom he starred in, “Horsin’ Around” (a show that is suspiciously similar to Full House), Bojack struggled to land another acting job and became a burned-out, mostly forgotten actor. The show centers around his struggle to find himself after the success has gone and the lights have faded.
The slew of supporting characters help lift the show into comedic territory and truly make “Bojack Horseman” the gem that it is. Bojack’s roommate, Todd (Aaron Paul) is a pot-smoking twenty-something who is always down to party, but he tends to get stepped on and overshadowed. One of the few human characters on the show, Todd is the perfect comedic relief to Bojack’s dark aura, but is underutilized on the show.
There are also some other great characters who add a bit of drama and fun to the series. Mr. Peanut Butter (Paul F. Tompkins) is a labrador retriever who has idiosyncrasies that are extremely dog-like. He cannot resist chasing a ball, makes split-second decisions, and is overly affectionate. Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) is Bojack’s agent who happens to be a cat. Typical of an agent (and of a cat), she is high-maintenance and serious, but the writers do a great job of toning her down a notch when necessary. Diana (Allison Brie) is Bojack’s human on-again, off-again love interest. A lot of the heartfelt moments in the show involve Diana, and her character is what brings “Bojack Horseman” down to earth.
The voice actors are absolutely flawless, but Will Arnett, who voices Bojack, absolutely makes the show. His brand of dark comedy combined with wonderful writing brings this show from just another animated series to a complex, thoughtful and emotional TV experience.
For those who have heard about the show but decided a cartoon about a talking horse wasn’t their thing—think again. This show is excellent in too many ways to count, and if nothing else, it is worth watching for the frequent celebrity appearances. Go to Netflix, type in Bojack Horseman and start binging.