“BoJack Horseman” is a gem

Hope Austin

Netflix users and friends of Netflix users, take note: “BoJack Horseman,” one of Netflix’s newest original shows, hits it out of the park.
The animated comedy takes place in an alternate-universe-Los Angeles where the world is inhabited by both humans and talking animals. Will Arnett stars as the voice of the titular BoJack, an aging has-been actor living in the shadow of his 20-year old sitcom, a parody of “Full House.” BoJack is everything his wholesome character isn’t: a crude alcoholic plagued by bouts of self-loathing.
The story begins as BoJack, having procrastinated on his memoir, is forced to work with a ghostwriter, Diane, voiced by Alison Brie. Luckily for BoJack, Diane is an attractive young woman who builds a great rapport with him. Unfortunately for BoJack, Diane’s boyfriend is BoJack’s nemesis. Mr. Peanutbutter, voiced by Paul F. Tompkins, was also a former sitcom star. What follows are 12 episodes of raunchy humor, existential crises and the occasional animal pun.
An animated satire of celebrity culture, “BoJack Horseman” takes pot shots at the usual targets: grown-up child stars forcing a “sexier” image, BuzzFeed articles and the media in general.
Truly clever writing lies beneath the raunchy humor. While viewers may believe they know what to expect when watching a show like “BoJack Horseman,” it takes dark and unexpected turns.
”BoJack Horseman” boasts a star studded cast, featuring the voices of Aaron Paul, Patton Oswalt and Stanley Tucci. Several other stars make guest appearances, including Stephen Colbert, Kristen Chenoweth and Naomi Watts (playing herself).
In addition to the writing and cast, the show also has a great score, including the theme song written by Grouplove.
Unlike most animated shows, BoJack has continuity from episode to episode. The damage the characters cause is permanent, and the after-effects can be seen in the background of later episodes.
With only 12 25-minute episodes, the show goes by pretty quickly. Fans of shows like “Archer” and “Bob’s Burgers” will definitely want to check it out. It’s great for a binge-watching session.