BoJack Horseman
File:BoJack Horseman.jpg
GenreAnimated sitcom
Adult animation
Comedy-drama
Created byRaphael Bob-Waksberg
Voices ofWill Arnett
Amy Sedaris
Alison Brie
Paul F. Tompkins
Aaron Paul
Theme music composerPatrick Carney featuring Ralph Carney
Opening theme"BoJack Horseman Theme"
Ending theme"BoJack Horseman End Theme" by Grouplove
ComposerJesse Novak
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersWill Arnett
Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Aaron Paul
Steven A. Cohen
Noel Bright
ProducerSampson
Running time25 minutes
Production companiesThe Tornante Company
ShadowMachine Films
SleepyCabin
Original release
NetworkNetflix
ReleaseAugust 22, 2014 (2014-08-22) –
present

BoJack Horseman is an American animated sitcom created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg. The series stars Will Arnett as the title character BoJack Horseman. Supporting cast includes Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul. The series' first season premiered on August 22, 2014, on Netflix.

Despite mixed critical reviews, the show proved to be successful with viewers. Less than a week after its initial release, Netflix renewed the series for a second season set to commence production in 2015.[1]

Premise

The series is set in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side by side, specifically focusing on the life of washed-up fictional 1990s sitcom Horsin' Around star BoJack Horseman as he plans his big return to celebrity relevance with a tell-all biography that he dictates to his ghostwriter Diane Nguyen. BoJack also has to contend with the demands of his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn, his freeloading roommate Todd Chavez, and his frenemy Mr. Peanutbutter, a dog from a '90s sitcom with a similar premise to Horsin' Around.

Characters

Main characters

Recurring characters

Minor characters

Guest characters

Music

The main title theme was composed by Patrick Carney, one half of the blues-rock duo The Black Keys, while the ending credits theme, "Back in the 90's (Bojack's Theme)", was performed by the indie-pop act Grouplove. Jesse Novak composed the incidental music.

Episodes

Season Episodes Streaming Date
1 12 August 22, 2014 (2014-08-22)

Season 1 (2014)

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Release Date
11"BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One"Joel MoserRaphael Bob-WaksbergAugust 22, 2014
BoJack and his girlfriend break up but meanwhile BoJack hires a ghostwriter to help with the memoir that he is writing. BoJack's lodger throws a party.
22"BoJack Hates the Troops"JC GonzalezRaphael Bob-WaksbergAugust 22, 2014
BoJack finds himself the subject of national media attention after an altercation with a Navy SEAL at a supermarket.
33"Prickly-Muffin"Martin CendredaRaphael Bob-WaksbergAugust 22, 2014
BoJack reconnects with his troubled former co-star Sarah-Lynn, who moves into his house and creates pandemonium.
44"Zoës and Zeldas"Amy WinfreyPeter A. KnightAugust 22, 2014
BoJack decides to mentor Todd when he makes plans for a rock opera. Diane's ex-boyfriend Wayne writes an article about Mr. Peanutbutter.
55"Live Fast, Diane Nguyen"Joel MoserCaroline WilliamsAugust 22, 2014
BoJack accompanies Diane to Boston when she returns home for her father's funeral and befriends Diane's mom, her two brothers, and the adoptive brother who is the "black sheep of the family." Todd runs a scam about David Boreanaz living at BoJack's house that gets out of hand.
66"Our A-Story is a 'D' Story"JC GonzalezScott MarderAugust 22, 2014
Upon returning from Boston, a drunken BoJack steals the "D" from the Hollywood sign in an attempt to impress Diane. Now BoJack and Mr. Peanutbutter must find a way to get the D back to the Hollywood sign. Following the David Boreanaz scam, Todd is in prison where he is invited to join two prison gangs: the Aryans and the Latin Kings.
77"Say Anything"Martin CendredaJoe LawsonAugust 22, 2014
Princess Carolyn experiences a day of personal and professional failure after her agency merges with that of her former rival.
88"The Telescope"Amy WinfreyMehar SethiAugust 22, 2014
When he learns that his old friend from "Horsin' Around" is dying, BoJack tries to mend fences.
99"Horse Majeure"Joel MoserPeter A. KnightAugust 22, 2014
A lovestruck BoJack tries to sabotage a wedding. Todd accepts a surprising new professional role.
1010"One Trick Pony"JC GonzalezLaura Gutin PetersonAugust 22, 2014
BoJack shoots a movie at Mr. Peanutbutter's house. Diane finishes her book.
1111"Downer Ending"Amy WinfreyKate PurdyAugust 22, 2014
BoJack attempts to rewrite Diane's book while on a drug binge leading to a revelatory experience.
1212"Later"Martin CendredaRaphael Bob-WaksbergAugust 22, 2014
Months after his memoir is released, BoJack discovers that while the book may have resurrected his career, it also might have ended all of his personal relationships.

Reception

Critical

The series received a rating of 63 out of 100 on the review aggregator Metacritic based on 12 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[2] Another review aggregator, Rotten Tomatoes, gives the series 53% based on 15 reviews, with the consensus stating: "It's intermittently funny, but in most respects, BoJack Horseman pales in comparison to similar comedies."[3]

Erik Adams' review of the first six episodes gave the series a C+ grade; in the review, Adams wrote that the show "spoofs the emptiness of celebrity, but does so without any novelty or true insight."[4] At Slate, Willa Paskin was more enthused. "[It] is perhaps a little more clever than it is uproariously funny, but it is often very clever, and, moreover, well-tuned to the ludicrousness of the sort of low-level fame that surrounds BoJack." She likened it to 30 Rock in its ability to "[present] big ideas without having to commit to them."[5] Chris Mitchell from Popzara was equally optimistic about the show's future, saying that "Fans of FX's Archer or Fox's Bob's Burgers will definitely want to check this one out, as its rapid-fire delivery is always consciously spot-on."[6] The New York Times described the show as "hilarious and ribald".[7]

References

  1. ^ Surette, Tim. "Whoa! Netflix Orders Season 2 of BoJack Horseman". TV Guide. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  2. ^ "BoJack Horseman - Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  3. ^ "BoJack Horseman: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  4. ^ Adams, Erik (21 August 2014). "Netflix's entry into the adult-animation race, BoJack Horseman, stumbles out of the gate". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 22 August 2014.
  5. ^ Paskin, Willa (August 22, 2014). "The Longest Face". Slate. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
  6. ^ Mitchell, Chris (August 29, 2014). "BoJack Horseman Popzara Review".
  7. ^ Neil, Genzlinger (August 24, 2014). "A Talking Horse of a Different Color: Blue". Retrieved August 31, 2014.