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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 22, 2014
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  • 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
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: 77 out of 84
  2. Negative: 5 out of 84
  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. Oct 5, 2014
    10
    This show is awesome. The writers, voice actors, and animators have created on screen chemistry between characters and their environment thatThis show is awesome. The writers, voice actors, and animators have created on screen chemistry between characters and their environment that goes above and beyond the overwhelming majority of animated shows. It's organic, relatable, and clever. I like that the series is a story and each episode builds off the previous episode. It's unique and definitely worth a watch. Expand
  3. Sep 17, 2014
    10
    The writing better than what the critics and some users are putting off. I have watched the first season 3 times. The writing gets much moreThe writing better than what the critics and some users are putting off. I have watched the first season 3 times. The writing gets much more complex past the 3rd episode. The characters represent different pains, struggles, and experiences that one another experienced. For example, Bojack's constant party lifestyle, yet intellectual perspective is perfectly paralleled with Diane's experiences in High School with the party life, while intelligent enough to articulate their own emotions, too afraid to address their own problems. Rather, they critique one another, which is a reflection of themselves. Mr. Peanutbutter is one of my favorite characters in the show, his always positive attitude is actually the exact opposite of Bojack's personality (Bojack being smart, depressed. PB being positive & stupid.), how quaint it would be for Diane to be in a relationship with Mr. Peanutbutter, while Bojack's secrete love for her brings out many changes in himself. Eventually Bojack's need for approval by Diane makes his pain and problems apparent in the last few episodes.

    I could write so much more, these are only 3 characters in the story. So many good things about this series, it is worth watching, the writing may seem simple, but it is more complex than many shows out there.
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  4. Sep 1, 2014
    9
    The first episode is mediocre. The second episode is worse. But both are necessary for the truly outstanding second half of the season. (AndThe first episode is mediocre. The second episode is worse. But both are necessary for the truly outstanding second half of the season. (And that the professional critics were given only the first half of the season feels very unjust.) This is one of the first half hour shows that I know of that was designed to be a cohesive season, and it should not be judged on an episode-by-episode basis. To stop watching this show after an episode or two would be the equivalent of walking out of a movie. That being said, it is a massive time investment, but one that I am truly glad I made, albeit unintentionally. I thought I was just watching a crappy show whose gimmicks kept me entertained. I am glad that those carried me over into what the creators really wanted to do in the second half.

    That is the nature of the show, but as far as what it is about... Its about being lonely, scared, regretful, lost, and somewhat ironically, being human.

    One point removed from a 10/10 score because what had to be achieved in the first six episodes probably could have been done in four, and there was some oddly placed humor in the second half that distracted from the poignancy of some of the moments.
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  5. Apr 7, 2015
    9
    Came to the series late, but was very pleasantly surprised by the quick humor and poignant final episodes. The drug-induced episode 11 (DownerCame to the series late, but was very pleasantly surprised by the quick humor and poignant final episodes. The drug-induced episode 11 (Downer Ending) was epic! Expand
  6. Sep 20, 2014
    8
    The critics are mixed about this show. I guess this show isn't made to impress the critics but rather to impress the audience especiallyThe critics are mixed about this show. I guess this show isn't made to impress the critics but rather to impress the audience especially comedy fans like me.

    The first few episodes made the show look like the Nerflix's answer to The Simpsons and Family Guy with non-linear storylines. But halfway through the season, this show made an interesting arc story that wants me to keep binge-watch the show to know what happens next.

    The way they told the story is impressive for an adult animated series. That's how you should write a TV show by setting up an arc to keep the viewers interested.

    The voice acting is great in this show. Despite his recognizable deep voice, Will Arnet did a good job voicing the titular character. Aaron Paul, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris and basically anyone who voiced the characters in this show also did a good job in voicing their characters. They carry this show in my opinion.

    The character development is also really good. I never expected this for a 12-episode season.

    The humor is okay for the most part. There were some parts where it tried too hard to be funny but overall, most of the humor felt natural and funny thanks to the voice acting from the cast.

    I really don't like the sex scenes in this show. It felt unnecessary for a show that has talking animals and humans in the same world and I am not into the idea of bestiality here.

    The animation of this show is really good. I understand why some people say it's ugly but to me it's impressive and eye-candy.

    The final episode sure knows how to set-up a potential arc for the next season while also providing a satisfying conclusion in case the show does not get picked up for a second season for Netflix. Glad they renewed it because I want to know what happens next.

    Overall, this show won't gather any Emmys or any awards in particular but this show won something and that is a loyal fanbase waiting for the second season to come.
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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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