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** After Diane suggests the more practical method of contacting the adoption agency to find Hollyhock's mother, Hollyhock prepares a package to send to her with a letter and a few pictures. After a few weeks with no reply she becomes discouraged. [[spoiler: Early on after bringing in Beatrice Horseman to his own home, Bojack makes an offhand remark to her getting some mail, which was never sorted through. Bojack later looked into that mail himself and found Hollyhock's package, with four different forwarding addresses from the adoption agency. This was the vital clue that let Bojack figure out Hollyhock was the illegitimate child of his father and their maid, and Beatrice had arranged for the adoption]].


** His friends (mostly Todd) can sink lower than Bojack has done to receive the OnceASeason PrecisionFStrike per season and their actions are PlayedForLaughs more often than not.

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** His friends (mostly Todd) can sink lower than Bojack has done to receive the OnceASeason PrecisionFStrike per season and their actions are PlayedForLaughs more often than not.

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* DoubleStandard: Bojack isn't held to an unreasonable standard, but that standard doesn't always apply to others around him. Examples include:
** He is frequently told that FreudianExcuseIsNoExcuse, however Diane went long and far to try to put as little blame on Sarah Lynn for her own self destructive tendencies as possible and is portrayed as in the right, which reached its peak in Season 5 when she accused Bojack of abusing his friendship with her.
** His friends (mostly Todd) can sink lower than Bojack has done to receive the OnceASeason PrecisionFStrike per season and their actions are PlayedForLaughs more often than not.

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** Functionally OnceASeason for Bojack
*** Season One has him go on a writing spree to try and fix Diane's more honest expose of his life, which being drug-fueled is unreadable. He is forced to accept that everyone knows everything about him now.
*** Season Two his effort to improve "Secretariat" with the approval of the director ends up getting the director fired. Her replacement despises him, and has him do hundreds of takes just to prove who was in charge. This makes Bojack bail out of LA for months.
*** Season Three after [[spoiler: Sarah Lynn dies while they were doing a drug bender together]], Bojack tries to recover with a {{revival}} of "Horsin' Around" but talking with a young actress has him second guess himself and he disappeared mid shoot for the better part of a year.
*** Season Four after Hollyhock [[spoiler: has a drug overdose]], Bojack blames himself and has a [[FreakOut panic attack]] on the bathroom floor. Unlike the other seasons, he manages to make things right by the end.
*** Season Five he [[spoiler: throttled Gina on set because he was high on painkillers]] he didn't even realize what he did until seeing a video of it. Despite everyone running damage control, [[spoiler: even Gina]], this was a sign to him that his bad behavior can't be ignored anymore. He asks Diane to break the whole story, [[spoiler: she convinces him to go to rehab]].


** If you treat someone in your life badly, that ''will'' have lasting consequences.

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** Choices and its effects:
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If you treat someone in your life badly, that ''will'' have lasting consequences.consequences.
*** Unless you're dying or on your last limb, there's a day after your best or worst action.
*** The lack of immediate response in life and how it can warp people's actions.


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* CentralTheme:CentralTheme: Family, friendship, love, regret, sadness, depression, escapism and the human experience. Specifics include:



** A more subtle theme is how ''mundane'' Hollywoo(d) life really is behind all the glamour: you got a job as a gaffer, a leading A-star, a writer, a producer, a staff member, an agent? That's it, you got responsibilities, a pension, an apartment (here or in L.A.), a contract. Learn the in and outs, make allies and connections, all of that. Once the glitter is gone, it's just something to do and somewhere to be, just like everything else in life. Hell, it becomes routine, which is implied to be the reason why a lot of citizens keep making the news: when even the famous have to do and behave like everyone else while pretending otherwise, what's the point of doing it quietly?
** There is a huge difference between reality and fiction.

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** *** A more subtle theme is how ''mundane'' Hollywoo(d) life really is behind all the glamour: you got a job as a gaffer, a leading A-star, a writer, a producer, a staff member, an agent? That's it, you got responsibilities, a pension, an apartment (here or in L.A.), a contract. Learn the in and outs, make allies and connections, all of that. Once the glitter is gone, it's just something to do and somewhere to be, just like everything else in life. Hell, it becomes routine, which is implied to be the reason why a lot of citizens keep making the news: when even the famous have to do and behave like everyone else while pretending otherwise, what's the point of doing it quietly?
** There is a huge difference between reality and fiction.fiction, even if life [[LifeImitatesArt has a tendency]] to [[ArtImitatesLife blur them both]].
** Life can be special and dull at the same time, but mostly dull, even in Hollywoo(d). Get used to it and don't make a mess out of your life by trying to liven things up.



** Other recurring themes of this show include family, friendship, love, regret, sadness, depression, and escapism.

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** A more subtle theme is how ''mundane'' Hollywoo(d) life really is behind all the glamour: you got a job as a gaffer, a leading A-star, a writer, a producer, a staff member, an agent? That's it, you got responsibilities, a pension, an apartment (here or in L.A.), a contract. Learn the in and outs, make allies and connections, all of that. Once the glitter is gone, it's just something to do and somewhere to be, just like everything else in life. Hell, it becomes routine, which is implied to be the reason why a lot of citizens keep making the news: when even the famous have to do and behave like everyone else while pretending otherwise, what's the point of doing it quietly?


** [[CelebrityIsOverrated Fame]] and [[LonelyAtTheTop fortune]] ''cannot'' buy happiness, because of [[HorribleHollywood the destructive nature of Hollywood and celebrity culture]].

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** Your environment (Hollywoo(d)) as a MoralityKitchenSink; how to navigate between greedy, yet pragmatic producers; alien, egotistical higher-ups; snobbish, xenophobic high class; artists from reasonable to hard-assed to criminal to sociopathic; necessary, bullish pillars; abiding, yet caring workers; invisible "non-famous" and citizens and to see whether you hold on to who you are or change altogether.
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[[CelebrityIsOverrated Fame]] and [[LonelyAtTheTop fortune]] ''cannot'' buy happiness, because of [[HorribleHollywood the destructive nature of Hollywood and celebrity culture]].


** Can people really change themselves for the better? Or are they always doomed by [[FatalFlaw their self-destructive behaviors]]?

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** Can The limits of changing and how it's easier said than done. You are who you are, after all, but evolving is possible. How much depends on oneself. On that matter, can people really change themselves for the better? Or are they always doomed by [[FatalFlaw their self-destructive behaviors]]?


** The endless pursuit of personal happiness; attempting to conquer depression, with mixed results.

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** The endless pursuit of personal happiness; attempting happiness, however ephemeral it may be, how it leads people to conquer depression, with mixed results.attach themselves to Hollywoo (it's their bread and butter) and how far they would go to keep it.



** Vicious {{deconstruction}} of StatusQuoIsGod; if you treat someone in your life badly, that ''will'' have lasting consequences.

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** Vicious {{deconstruction}} Even if everything seems to be the same, life ''changes constantly'': Values of StatusQuoIsGod; if today become obsolete tomorrow, love fades away and is reborn somewhere else, popularity fluctuates between one fad and another, the way of doing business evolves over time and age takes away everything. To hold on to an eternal truth and refute everything else is delusional and foolish.
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you treat someone in your life badly, that ''will'' have lasting consequences.


** [[spoiler:Herb]] getting blacklisted from his own series after being exposed as homosexual. Unfortunately TruthInTelevision even in the 1990s.

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** [[spoiler:Herb]] getting blacklisted from his own series after being exposed as homosexual. Unfortunately TruthInTelevision even in the 1990s. Worse yet, the ice-cold executive who explains the firing emphasizes that it's '''100%''' about perception and profitability - questions of right and wrong don't enter into it.


* ContinuityCavalcade: The titular [[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS5E11TheShowstopper showstopper,]] in reality a dream had by [=BoJack=], features scenes from nearly every major screw-up or event in his life that we've witnessed, with people from his life appearing as characters played by actors. In addition, he sees some images in the previously seen artstyle of his internal monologue.

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* ContinuityCavalcade: The titular [[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS5E11TheShowstopper [[Recap/BojackHorsemanS5E11TheShowstopper showstopper,]] in reality a dream had by [=BoJack=], features scenes from nearly every major screw-up or event in his life that we've witnessed, with people from his life appearing as characters played by actors. In addition, he sees some images in the previously seen artstyle style of his internal monologue.

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* ContinuityCavalcade: The titular [[[Recap/BojackHorsemanS5E11TheShowstopper showstopper,]] in reality a dream had by [=BoJack=], features scenes from nearly every major screw-up or event in his life that we've witnessed, with people from his life appearing as characters played by actors. In addition, he sees some images in the previously seen artstyle of his internal monologue.

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* CastingGag:
** Sarah Lynn is voiced by Creator/KristenSchaal, best known for voicing [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls small]] [[WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers children]]. Her speech about "not [being] that little girl anymore" could just as easily apply to her actress.
** Creator/KeithOlbermann as an [[{{Creator/MSNBC}} MSNBSea]] anchor. Overlaps with CastTheExpert.


** [=BoJack=] often says "This is [=BoJack=], by the way... Horseman, obviously" when leaving voicemail.
*** Diane also used "This is Diane, by the way... Nguyen, obviously" when leaving voicemail to [=BoJack=].

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** [=BoJack=] often says "This is [=BoJack=], by the way... Horseman, obviously" when leaving voicemail.
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voicemail. This receives a riff when Diane also used says, "This is Diane, by the way... Nguyen, obviously" obviously," when leaving voicemail to [=BoJack=].



* CerebusRetcon: During his interview at the start of the very first episode, [=BoJack=] makes an offhand comment about how ''[[ShowWithinAShow Horsin' Around]]'' "isn't Ibsen", apparently to express the fact that it was never meant to be highbrow entertainment. In Season 2, we learn that his mother made the exact same comment after watching the taping of an episode, barely even trying to conceal her disappointment with her son's career.

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* CerebusRetcon: During his interview at the start of the very first episode, [=BoJack=] makes an offhand comment about how ''[[ShowWithinAShow Horsin' Around]]'' "isn't Ibsen", [[Creator/HenrikIbsen Ibsen]]," apparently to express the fact that it was never meant to be highbrow entertainment. In Season 2, we learn that his mother made the exact same comment after watching the taping of an episode, barely even trying to conceal her disappointment with her son's career.

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