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09/03/17

BoJack Horseman Season 1 Review

by Billy Ben
BoJack Horseman Season 1 Review

Bojack Horseman is a netflix original animated TV show that tells the story of BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), an actor who was famous back in the 90s for starring in a sitcom about a horse that adopts 3 children fittingly named "Horsing Around". In present day, BoJack struggles to recapture the fame that he once had, and lives only to relive the good old days of his fame. In season 1, he attempts to write a book, a biopic that he hopes would relaunch his fame and make the American people love him again. In this conquest, BoJack is helped by his ghostwriter Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie), a gifted ghostwriter that cares about what she writes and how her writing would impact the readers and BoJack is also helped by Todd Chavez (Aaron Paul oh my god it's Jessie Pinkman everybody), a lazy pothead that lives with BoJack for no apparent reason, except to keep BoJack company. The show also has side characters that keep this adventure fun, and whacky, and of course, weird. BoJack Horseman takes place in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side, which is peculiar, yet the setting adds to the humor and is unique in its own right.

I have to say, going in to this show, I thought this would be a 'by the numbers' sitcom that would be disposable such as 'The Simpsons' or 'American Dad'. But thankfully, I was mistaken. This show makes you care about the characters, and the backstories that are given to the characters make their actions and tropes believable and understandable. This is quite the achievement considering the setting of the show. BoJack is this washed up has been that hates himself and struggles to find meaning in his life. Todd is this lazy pothead that never does anything productive, yet is kind at heart and cares about BoJack. Diane is the smart one, the reasonable one, the one that uses brains instead of feelings. This show has a plethora of characters, but to keep it as simple and spoiler free as possible, I'll mainly talk about the main characters. This doesn't mean the side characters are useless and annoying, they're written well and they really add to the show's quality. The performances are great, I love it all, I never thought that Will Arnett could carry a show on his own two feet, but he does in this. Alison Brie works nicely with the other cast members. Aaron Paul is great, he arguably is best here. In this show he proves that he has a great range of performance skills, because it is quite different from the roles that he usually partakes in.

At heart, BoJack Horseman is a comedy, and the comedic timing here is great, it doesn't pause for too long, and it doesn't bombard the viewers with jokes. The animated style of the show isn't as great as its writing, it serves its purpose well but it doesn't really do anything too unique, it might look a bit bland to a lot of people. The animation style is very generic, and it’s functional at best, which is quite a letdown considering the quality comedy writing that this show has.

Overall, I really like this show, the writing, performances, and the characters are what makes this show great. I care about the characters, and I love the show’s way of developing them. The show is riddled with social commentary, BoJack Horseman has a fantastic way of critiquing the modern American society, but the show pokes fun at it as well. This is one of the best shows on netflix, and is truly one of the best TV shows out there that are still running. I know this review is late, but as my mom always says, better late than never.

BoJack Horseman gets 4 out of 5 stars. #blingbling

Billy Ben
Billy Ben
Jakarta, Indonesia
Film Lover and Critics who is currently studying Journalism in University Pelita Harapan (UPH) Jakarta