ENCORE FEATURE: Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, A Has-Been Showstopper
July 16, 2019 Victoria Luz
An anti-hero that every adult can relate to, Netflix’s Bojack Horseman shows us that adults have it hard too!
Everyone just loves a male anti-hero with a lot of emotional baggage. We
have Tyrion Lannister (Game of Thrones), Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock
Holmes), Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead), Bart Simpson (The Simpsons),
Chuck Bass (Gossip Girl) , Rick Sanchez (Rick and Morty) and Batman
(DC Comics). The list could go on and on. But then again, we have Bojack
Netflix adult-oriented animated comedy, Bojack Horseman, tells the
deteriorating life of Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett), a sitcom star has-been.
In every season, Bojack tries to deal with (or most of the time, run away
from) his problems in life; depression, drinking, and drugs. But it ain’t your
typical comedy series where the problem just easily gets resolved or gets
forgotten along the way. Series creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg dives deep
to how human a human can be, showing how those problems affect not
only Bojack’s life but also the people around him.
And it wasn’t just Bojack. The series also features the life of other
characters who seemed to be more than just a recurring role. Take Dianne
Nguyen (Alison Brie) as an example. A budding Asian-American writer who
just can’t seem to get her big break because of being a woman of color or
just because of being a woman herself. Or Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul),
who’s also been the talk of the town because of the question of his true
race and the fact that he was asexual. Even Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) who’s at the peak of her age but still trying to play the mother for everyone.
A satirical yet dark take on adulthood
Waksberg also sheds some light on social issues at play like sexuality,
racism, diversity, feminism, sexual harrassment, abortion and the likes, in
and out of Hollywoo (Bojack snatched the D, of course). A deep and dark
dive on comedy, you can say, but Waksberg really nailed a love-hate
relationship with any of the characters you can relate to, especially Bojack,
From the small comedic advances, the series shows you how human someone can be. And for Bojack, it’s his never-ending struggle of being a good person. What if you’re a bad person but wants to be good? How do you transition from a different lifestyle to another? What happens next? It questions you the hard-hitting adult questions. It’s existential dread and existential crisis combined.
But it’s not every day you see a show that takes a step-up of the usual adult-
oriented comedy tropes. Bojack Horseman is inclusive to all people of
race, of color, of sexuality and packs a lot of emotional punches you
can relate to, even if you’re not a celebrity or half-animal, half-human. The
series stays true to itself, a dark comedic take in life and every season, the
character development just gets better.
Time and time again, Bojack Horseman just proves that it’s not just a
typical male anti-hero comedy. Bojack Horseman isn’t just one-trick pony.
You can watch Bojack Horseman and its 4 seasons on Netflix.