As soon as I started the first episode of Bojack Horseman I could tell it was a cleverly written show. Normally that wouldn’t be enough for me to write a whole review on, but after the seventh or eight episode, I realized was how brilliantly creative and unique this show really is, and so I decided I would have to talk about it. But let’s take a step back: for those of you who don’t know, Bojack Horseman is an animated sitcom and the newest Netflix original series. It takes place in a world where anthropomorphized animals live alongside humans, and it stars Will Arnet as a washed up sitcom actor from the 90s. Also he’s a horse. The show starts when he hires a young writer to ghost wright his auto biography. Along for the ride are his ex-girlfriend/agent/casual hookup partner/cat, his roommate/some guy who’s been crashing on his couch for the last five years, and his arch-nemesis Mr. Peanut Butter. Now right off the bat this show is hilarious. I found my self laughing out loud several times in the first episode alone, and it was a bar that didn’t drop as the season went on. But what took me by surprise is how honest and sobering of a look it was at not just the culture surrounding celebrities in this day and age, but at the dark and lonely lives of those who live to entertain. In light of Robin Williams recent suicide, I think this show’s statement on how sad it is be someone who makes people laugh is more relevant now than ever. Add to that two separate and equally catchy theme songs, Will Arnet’s amazing performance, and one of the craziest drug trips I’ve ever seen and you have a truly original show. Home release and instant access to every episode has changed TV a lot, and it’s shows like this that show the true potential of this new creative freedom. Shows nowadays are not only able to keep longer story arcs going over multiple episodes, but they’re also beginning to blur genre lines between comedy and drama. It’s just so great to see a show not be restricted by being lumped into a certain category, and instead go wherever it needs to go tonally. This and the fourth season of Louie are the future of television. But don’t think this show is all drama; these tragic and sobering character moments only serve as a backbone for a tremendous amount of comedy, and it’s all some of the funniest stuff I’ve seen in a while.
Overall Rating: HOW DO YOU DRINK A MOOD?!