We have finally reached the end of one of televisions most stunning achievements. What started as an amusing animation that lovingly made fun of Hollywood and it’s inhabitants, quickly became one of the most startling examinations of the human condition ever put on screen.
The whole show, throughout its 6 season run, has dealt with depression, trauma, sexuality, self destructive behaviour, sexuality, racism, and most importantly, our experience as humans. It has done this through a unique and unflinching lens that has allowed true growth for its characters and for some real lessons to be learned by its audience.
Despite all this, it has also managed to be a genuinely hilarious show, with much of the humour so cleverly skewering Hollywood and the pop culture landscape in a loving yet skeptical way, that I am convinced this show was written specifically for me.
The whole supporting cast have become characters we truly love, especially Diane, Princess Carolyn, Todd, and Mr PeanutButter (one of TVs greatest good guys/boys). The voice work on these characters has been exceptional and in this final season, while they all take a real backseat to Bojack, they certainly have arcs that feel right and natural for them.
The final season deals head on with the ‘Me Too era’ in one of the most authentic and well done ways I have seen so far, and it also presents us with Bojack’s reckoning and his battle between his self destructive tendencies and his desire to live as a good man.
The show ends on a touching and yet not preachy note, and this final run of episodes really felt like a time to reflect on not just the lives of the characters, but ourselves.
There was once a marketing campaign for a season of the show where a poster said “Soprano. Draper. Underwood. Horseman” jokingly putting Bojack in the same boat as those iconic tv anti-heroes. However, as the years have gone on, the character and the show have proved they truly belong alongside those icons of the peak TV era.
There have been very few shows like Bojack Horseman, there will be very few like it in the future, and I am just glad I got to experience this show when I did.
“Back in the 90s, I was in a very famous TV show”
Rating = 5/5