Bojack Horsman: A Show Review

A show about the true life of a Hollywood star.


Photo by Christine Aukes

Me (Junior), sitting down to watch yet another breath-taking episode of Bojack Horseman. If you plan on watching the show, also plan on staying seated for a long time… you won’t want to hit pause.

Bojack Horseman (2014), highlights the struggles of failing a Hollywood actor. In this show, Bojack, a middle-aged horse/TV star lives his life in a constant loop. He got famous in the ’90s for a cringe-worthy sit-com titled: “Horsin’ Around,” and ever since then, he’s been laying around his massive, million-dollar house… doing absolutely nothing. Well, except for the occasional failed attempts at a new TV show to replace Horsin’ Around. In the show, we follow Bojack, his agent, and his roommate, as they all struggle to get the name of Bojack Horseman famous again… through a best-selling book.
This show tackles heavy topics like addiction, alcoholism, meaningless sex, mental illness, and betrayal. With that being said, this show is rated “mature,” because younger audiences wouldn’t be able to handle the content, as it can be a bit graphic at times. Though this show is thought to be very heavy, and almost depressing by those that watch it, it is animated. It feels as if it has the same animation style as other TV shows like The Simpsons, or Family Guy (but all the episodes are linked together). I feel that the animation even helps the show more than if it were actually filmed with live actors. With animation, the artists were able to capture more emotions and create more scenarios than thought possible. It also helps to make the heavier scenes feel a little less heavy.
I am currently halfway through watching this amazing show, and it’s only taken me three days. There are six seasons. The show’s creator (Raphael Bob-Waksberg) knew exactly where to sprinkle in little bits of comedy with some side characters or to leave the moment sad. The comedic timing is absolutely perfect, and this show does not hesitate to make a joke that might scare the odd producer.
If you’ve ever wondered how good, or bad the life of a Hollywood star is, definitely watch this show. Though I am not currently living in Hollywood, nor will I ever be… I sincerely believe that this show is a really good insight into the true life of a film star. It doesn’t seem so great.
I give this show a 10/10. This has to be, hands down, the best TV show I’ve ever had the pleasure of watching. I can’t wait to finish it, and I can’t wait to see more amazing work from Raphael Bob-Waksberg.

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