BoJack Horseman : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 22, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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59

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8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 395 Ratings

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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. Negative: 7 out of 113
  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. Dec 21, 2015
    10
    I don't understand why the note be 59, this is an humorous and fun masterpiece. Dramatic in the right time, it's a kick to something biggerI don't understand why the note be 59, this is an humorous and fun masterpiece. Dramatic in the right time, it's a kick to something bigger that is about to come. Expand
  4. Aug 22, 2014
    9
    Bojack Horseman is a great start to what could be a fantastic series, Will Arnett perfectly brings to life the title character and theBojack Horseman is a great start to what could be a fantastic series, Will Arnett perfectly brings to life the title character and the struggles he goes through that border between funny to depressing. It begins like any normal animated comedy trying to entertain you with it's jokes but as it progresses and it becomes less about the jokes and more about the character of Bojack which is far more compelling. It also has a great supporting cast with Aaron Paul lending his voice as Bojack's friend and roommate, this is not your Family Guy's or Simpsons where a joke a scene exists in it's own vacuum of reality and things are brought back.

    The series ends on both a satisfying conclusion and one that leaves plenty of room for another season one that could prove even greater than this one, the character's are likeable with some level of depth and Bojack being the star of the show not just in a literal sense. It is without a doubt worth the watch.
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  5. Feb 16, 2015
    9
    Don't let the critic reviews fool you. This show is very funny, and has a lot of character development and building in the series that youDon't let the critic reviews fool you. This show is very funny, and has a lot of character development and building in the series that you wouldn't expect from a cartoon. You actually feel sorry for Bojak at many points. I'd definitely recommend it. Expand
  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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