I admittedly wasn’t a huge Bojack Horseman fan when the first season premiered last year. I expected much of the same in season two, but I was dead wrong. Yes, Bojack Horseman is still half man, half horse. Yes, he’s still an alcoholic asshole. Yes, he’s still (relatively) washed up. The elements might be the same, but the creators have taken this crudely drawn cartoon world and created a transformative television experience.
I can’t see this being aired on television. It’s not the type of show you watch in your living room with the whole family. It’s the kind of show which causes you to shamefully lock your door when watching out of fear that someone might walk in and see you teary-eyed at the exploits of a cartoon horse. It pulls on the heart strings, and can expertly transition to some of the most poignant and on point black comedy of any show today.
Somehow the show manages to mix the absurdity of a Seth Macfarlane show with the tension and emotional complexity of an HBO special. If you don’t believe me, one of this season’s main characters is the late author J.D. Salinger, who creates one of the most hilarious television game shows ever made — that would probably even get decent ratings on cable today.
There’s a reason that Bojack Horseman has jumped from an average Meteoritic rating of 59 in the first season to an astonishing 90 out of 100. I’m forever changed after watching Bojack Horseman — I can always go for a witty pun, some animal irony or a timely Richard Nixon joke, and Bojack’s second run checks all the boxes.
- Steve Nadon