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  • Series Premiere Date: Aug 22, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
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  • Summary: BoJack stars in Princess Carolyn's TV show Philbert and Diane travels to Vietnam in the fifth season of the animated comedy.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Animation

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
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  1. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Sep 6, 2018
    100
    As extraordinary as the voice cast might be, it’s the quality of the storytelling which keeps our fascination. Even in the episodes which revel in delightful full-fledged farce, there is such depth of feeling to BoJack, such investment in its message. But the show’s beating heart also still somehow manages to stay engaged with its big ideas.
  2. Reviewed by: Greg Cwik
    Sep 6, 2018
    100
    This season of BoJack Horseman isn't all ennui and agony. It's also slathered with sex jokes and groan-inducing euphemisms, unrepentantly childish and deftly delivered. ... The show's animation has become increasingly complex and detailed with each new season.
  3. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Sep 6, 2018
    91
    In its fifth season, BoJack Horseman confirms its status as Netflix’s best TV show, a brash showbiz satire that’s also a religious act of small-screen devotion.
  4. 90
    This visually arresting series becomes an illustrated stage production for a while, and amazingly, it works. It’s a terrific working-through of grief, particularly survivors’ realizations that they’re never going to get closure on all the issues that gnawed at the relationship between themselves and the deceased back when they were both alive and could’ve talked to each other. ... Either way, it’s all part of the larger, Mad Men–styled disconnect between intelligence and wisdom that BoJack portrays so well.
  5. Reviewed by: Lenika Cruz
    Sep 14, 2018
    90
    Philbert serves as a vehicle for BoJack’s ambitious meta-critique of how Hollywood consistently glorifies, humanizes, enables, and forgives bad men—fictional or otherwise. This critique operates on a few different levels, and only grows more complex as the season wears on.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Sep 17, 2018
    90
    In season five, BoJack Horseman brings all of that character development down around its ears, in a stretch of episodes that represents the most precise dissection of BoJack Horseman yet--and perhaps the first truly sustained artistic response to the #MeToo movement.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 3 out of 26
  1. Sep 17, 2018
    10
    The show-runners behind BoJack have nailed it again. Five seasons in a row and still having us expecting for the best to come on the next one.The show-runners behind BoJack have nailed it again. Five seasons in a row and still having us expecting for the best to come on the next one.
    The Hollywood industry current climate depiction and jokes are on top, as well as the main characters finally confronting themselves for the sake of finding a better place for them; taking action into it. If previous seasons on BoJack were aplenty on speculating about the characters psychology and on delivering poignant and unafraid existential ponder, season five (and hopefully, season six) calls all of them into a collision course that has no way back. This is them on their peak of realization, which brings us a truly fulfillment as viewers. If the characters from a show of a half-human, half-animal world can find redemption and improvement on their lives and we can learn form that, then it's time for us to come to terms with the fact that BoJack Horseman is the most accurate, visceral depiction reassembling real life on TV right now -or at the very least, on the animated adult series grill (something that for as absurd as the humorous situations may turn on here, doesn't lessen such credit). Splendorous!
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  2. Sep 22, 2018
    10
    Five seasons in and Bojack Horseman remains one of those rare shows that consistently knock it out of the park.

    This show has always been a
    Five seasons in and Bojack Horseman remains one of those rare shows that consistently knock it out of the park.

    This show has always been a dramedy that mixes smart jokes and some goofy humor with dark, at times very dark, observations of the human condition. This show changes the pattern by increasing the amount of darkness. What plays out is a character study, where the main characters mostly find themselves struggling with their histories and actions, and of course who has more skeletons in their closet than Bojack. Even Todd, who usually has the more humorous story-lines, struggles a bit with wanting human connection while also being asexual. It took me a couple episodes to adjust, but man is this new approach enthralling.

    This season follows the filming of Bojack's new show Philbert, which provides an excellent base showcasing the many inherent problems of the Hollywood system, including the causes of the MeToo movement. The show takes jabs at itself as it tackles the popularity of people behaving badly/antihero shows and their potential of normalizing negative behavior. Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Stephanie Beatriz plays Bojack's new costar Gina, and for a supporting player does an excellent job of playing a jaded actress approaching her forties, doing her best to survive in the business.

    Narratively, this is their most experimental season. The highlight here, which even rivals the mostly silent episode from season three, is the eulogy one. The brunt of it is Bojack just giving a monologue, something that doesn't scream the animated format, but between the crackejack writing, the sheer emotion, and what may well be Will Arnett's best performance, is a powerhouse half-hour. The show also continues its excellent habit of utilizing plot points set up ahead of time. There are a lot of payoffs here.

    Though there are fewer jokes this season, they still nail it. Todd has a wacky scheme here that is a worthy successor to his clown dentistry from last season.

    Despite changes, fans should be rest assured that this is a very smart season.
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  3. Sep 14, 2018
    10
    In conclusion this is the best show on tv right now with fantastic writing and performances can't wait till the next season
  4. Sep 16, 2018
    9
    It's back with its self deprecating wit and charm with a main character that's painfully easy to project your bad feeling onto. i can onlyIt's back with its self deprecating wit and charm with a main character that's painfully easy to project your bad feeling onto. i can only fault it for once again asking the big questions about depression and self destructive natures, only to not offer any real answers. That however doesn't make it any less enjoyable to watch in the moment Expand
  5. Sep 29, 2018
    8
    In it’s fifth season BoJack Horseman remains one of the best shows on TV, and arguably Netflix best show. It arguably doesn’t quite hit theIn it’s fifth season BoJack Horseman remains one of the best shows on TV, and arguably Netflix best show. It arguably doesn’t quite hit the highest heights of season four but the “show about a talking horse” yet again delivers real drama and character development amongst all the jokes. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2018
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This season is not my favorite, but not my least favorite either. I thought it was in general pretty great. There were some truly masterful scenes, but there were some scenes and even an episode or two that I didn’t like at all, but they were made fine by either the amazing writing or all the great characters. The the voice acting was amazing, and I even noticed that the quality in animation went way up. I also like that they took risks and had some really creative episode ideas, like the one where BoJack is the only character (except a brief scene with his father to open the episode, but Will Arnett voices both characters, so he was the only voice in the entire episode) in the episode, talking about his mother, his past, his present, and free churros at his mother’s funeral. This season, it really feels as if BoNack is just falling apart as a person. Things from his past are coming back to haunt him, and he becomes addict to painkillers to combat his fear and regret. And the entire situation with BoJack choking Gina was the one thing that was truly powerful and depressing. At that point, you realize that BoJack’s action are only going to get worse over time, and he’ll lose everyone and anyone that cares about him. Also, some scenes that could’ve been really powerful were undercut by comedy, which was annoying. Yes, there’s more and better comedy in this season, but it’s too much at points. Overall, it’s another season of ‘BoJack’, but I enjoyed it slightly less than previous seasons.

    Best Episodes: Planned Obsolescence, Free Churro, Head in the Clouds, The Stopped Show

    Worst Episodes: INT. SUB, Mr. Peanutbutter’s Boos, Ancient History

    P.S. I noticed a ‘Mr. Robot’ reference. On the bulletin board in Flip’s office in episode 11, there are index cards that pretty much explain the plot of Mr. Robot’s second season. Also, Flip is voiced by Rami Malek, so that’s why it’s a ‘Mr. Robot’ reference. Also, there are a lot of little things that Flip says that relate to ‘Mr. Robot’.
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  7. Sep 18, 2018
    0
    People really like this show, and I respect that. But to be honest they've kinda lost me along the way. I am not sure anymore what this isPeople really like this show, and I respect that. But to be honest they've kinda lost me along the way. I am not sure anymore what this is supposed to be, at the beginning it made me laugh, but then it just became a big thing about wallowing around in self pity. Bojack's daughter sucks, Todd sucks balls as well. Yeah, I hate this show now. Expand

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