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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 22, 2014
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Paul F. Tompkins, Will Arnett, Aaron Paul
  • Summary: An animated comedy about the struggles of the former sitcom star (Will Arnett) who happens to be half-horse, half-man, while living in Los Angeles.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation
  • Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
  • Show Type: Between Seasons
  • Season 1 premiere date: Aug 22, 2014
  • Episode Length: 25
  • Air Time: 12:00 AM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Aug 22, 2014
    80
    BoJack 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Aug 25, 2014
    80
    Like some of television’s more out-there animated shows, this one is hard to describe beyond broad outlines, because it’s so odd, a combination of droll and naughty that seems improbable but works deliciously.
  3. 80
    There are so many background jokes and one-liners and silly animals that the show's emotional depth caught me by surprise.
  4. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Aug 21, 2014
    58
    Even with its inventive setting and all-star cast, there’s not enough reason to stick with BoJack Horseman through the first six episodes.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Aug 22, 2014
    50
    BoJack Horseman gets the particulars of late '80s sitcoms right and has a few scattershot funny moments but it's mostly not a laugh riot.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Aug 19, 2014
    50
    Oddly enough, although the dialogue is rarely funny, the show is rife with background details suggesting how much potential is wasted here.
  7. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Aug 19, 2014
    25
    [A] bizarre, Seth MacFarlane-like show that seems to have stemmed from a trippy night on ‘shrooms. In the words of Nancy Reagan, just say no.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 79
  2. Negative: 5 out of 79
  1. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    I went into this series expecting very little, only to find something unexpectedly hilarious. Hilarious, and sometimes quite deep, too.I went into this series expecting very little, only to find something unexpectedly hilarious. Hilarious, and sometimes quite deep, too. BoJack Horseman is one of those rare series that mixes complete irreverence with the occasional deep meaningful insight. It's a hard mix to pull off, but the show does it quite well.

    Now I won't lie, this isn't the firecracker joke-every-minute type of series. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to set up the humor, but the payoff is definitely worth it. The first episode in particular took about 10 minutes to really get fully into gear, but once it had established the setting and the setup it got very funny very fast. The jokes are rather funny, but more than that they're sometimes bitingly funny and dark. If that's your kind of humor, this show will deliver, especially since so few shows seem to have that kind of humor.

    Another thing BoJack does which few others do is maintain continuity, and usually does so for maximum comedic effect. What would normally be a dumb throw-away joke in another series becomes something that pops up in later episodes, repeatedly in many cases. It allows the show to establish several running jokes, most that only get funnier as they go on.

    Probably the biggest surprise for me though were the number of moments when the show got "deep", for lack of a better term. Insightful, meaningful moments... and most of the time still funny as well. The show's not afraid to have dramatic moments (nothing too downer though), and the contrast often makes the humor that much better.

    Overall, BoJack Horseman took me by surprise in the best of ways. It is without a doubt one of the funniest animated shows that I've ever watched. There are some funnier shows out there at the moment, but that doesn't make this one any less outstanding. If you like dark, sometimes bleak, often biting humor then you should watch this show.
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  2. Sep 21, 2014
    10
    I started watching this with fairly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The use of a season long story arc is refreshing for anI started watching this with fairly low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. The use of a season long story arc is refreshing for an animated comedy. Bojack's alternating between self reflection and consciously turning his mnd off and behaving like a jerk is weirdly a more realistic portrayal of a person (ha) than the one dimensional characters you see SNL alums crank out on network tv. Also the characters don't raise their eyebrows after every joke.

    Surprised there are so many sour grapes reviews from so called professional reviewers, you think if your job was to watch tv you'd get that this isn't supposed to be a laugh out loud kind of show.

    Funny show but more than that, entertaining.
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  3. Aug 25, 2014
    10
    I felt compelled to sign up for meta critic just to write a review for this show to try and encourage people to watch it so that they'll makeI felt compelled to sign up for meta critic just to write a review for this show to try and encourage people to watch it so that they'll make a second season. I found the show laugh out loud funny and it was interesting enough that I didn't feel the need to surf the internet while watching, which is actually saying a lot as I have a very short attention span. Please give Bojack a chance so I can have a second season, or at the very least netflix will keep making shows like Bojack Horseman. Expand
  4. Aug 29, 2014
    9
    I was sceptical. I hadn´t heard of the show, but I had a moment of boredom, and decided to give it a shot. I was glad I did. This has quicklyI was sceptical. I hadn´t heard of the show, but I had a moment of boredom, and decided to give it a shot. I was glad I did. This has quickly become my favourite show of the year. I for one can´t fathom the critics review of this show. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2014
    9
    The problem that those who dislike the show have with BoJack Horseman is that it's not jammed full of humor like other shows are. If that'sThe problem that those who dislike the show have with BoJack Horseman is that it's not jammed full of humor like other shows are. If that's what you're looking for, try South Park or Family Guy. What BoJack has that makes up for this is a dark, witty humor, and really in depth character development. Don't get me wrong, there are still some really funny random things in the show to make you laugh, but this show knows not to rely solely on randomness to get laughs.

    Possibly the most enjoyable aspect is BoJack's continuity. It knows how to pick out it's own loose ends and tie them up accordingly. Some things mentioned and dropped in earlier episodes taken as throw away jokes become pivotal plot points later in the series.

    After the first half of the series, it turns itself on it's head and becomes incredibly addictive. It's a long setup to the truly great second half of the series where it finally finds it's stride but it's worth every 25 minute increment of the series. Highly recommended to those who can take an occasional kick in the teeth with their humor.
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  6. Sep 6, 2014
    8
    Goofy, cynical humor all in good fun. The first episode plays it very safe, but as the season progresses the jokes get naughtier, stranger,Goofy, cynical humor all in good fun. The first episode plays it very safe, but as the season progresses the jokes get naughtier, stranger, and much more dark in tone.

    Oddly enough it reminds me of Hotline Miami
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  7. Sep 12, 2014
    0
    Just awful writing. Even if it does get better after the first few episodes, how anyone could put themselves through that kind of punishmentJust awful writing. Even if it does get better after the first few episodes, how anyone could put themselves through that kind of punishment is beyond me. Expand

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