BoJack Horseman is an animated black comedy-drama series created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg for Netflix as the service's first animated original program. The series premiered on August 22, 2014, and stars an Ensemble Cast which includes Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins, and Aaron Paul.
Set In a World... where Funny Animals coexist with humans, the titular BoJack Horseman (Arnett) was previously the star of a popular sitcom in The '90s called Horsin' Around. Now a washed-up actor, BoJack navigates a return to the Hollywoo (sic) limelight, only to end up confronting his personal demons in the process. Accompanying him on his journey are his deadbeat roommate Todd Chavez (Paul), his agent and on-again-off-again girlfriend Princess Carolyn (Sedaris), his sitcom frenemy Mr. Peanutbutter (Tompkins), and his memoir ghostwriter Diane Nguyen (Brie).
The series famously starts out following what is seemingly a typical sitcom format to tell more dramatic stories than has been typical of the genre. It broke the mold of its contemporaries, trading an abundance of shock value, celebrity pot-shots, and frequent cutaways for character-based humor and recurring jokes.
Despite an initially mixed critical response, its first season was popular enough to receive a second one, continuing into the second half of The New '10s and becoming a critical darling. Its sixth and final season aired in two parts, one in October 2019 and the other in January 2020.
The series started airing on Comedy Central in September 2018, making it the first Netflix original series to be syndicated for U.S. cable television. Additionally, a Blu-ray of the first two seasons was released in 2019, making it one of the first Netflix series to receive a non-streaming home video release.
BoJack Horseman provides galloping examples of the following tropes:
- Continuity Nod
- Deconstructed Character Archetype
- Deconstructed Trope
- Hard Truth Aesop
- Wham Episode
I'm BoJack the Horse. (BoJack!) BoJack the Horse
Don't act like you don't know...
And I'm trying to hold on to my past
It's been so long I don't think I'm gonna last
I guess I'll just try and make you understand
That I'm more horse than a man
Or I'm more man than a horse... (BoJack!) ♫