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BoJack Horseman

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Talking animals too crass for the kids it might attract.
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Positive messages

This is a story about the travails of a miserable has-been animal actor who drowns his sorrows in drink, drugs, and casual sex, so positive messages are few and far between.
 

Positive role models

The characters on the show are consistently rude to each other. They are sexually unfaithful, they say terrible things to each other, and treat each other with disdain. All that said, there are glimmers of kindness, particularly between Horseman and roommate Todd.

Violence

There are occasional animated scuffles as well as buffoonish violence such as BoJack vomiting in the face of a man who offends him.

Sex

Sex is depicted with moaning and utterances such as "I'm almost there!" There are references to group sex and masturbation, and Horseman has frequent no-strings sex with women he treats poorly the next day.

Language

Some four-letter words: "Linus carried around a blanket, and no one gave him s--t for it." There's also vulgar languages such as references to characters sitting around on their posteriors.

Consumerism

Real celebrities are mentioned and real brands parodied, such as when Lululemon becomes Lululemming.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Many references to drugs, as when a man is roughed up for "selling E on the cartel's turf." BoJack also drinks frequently and drives drunk. Scenes take place in bars. Characters smoke cigarettes on-screen.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that BoJack Horseman is a mature animated series about an animal actor who's down on his luck. Because many of the main characters are talking animals, young children may be attracted to this show; however, though this series isn't as crude as animated shows such as Family Guy or South Park, it's really not for kids. Main characters drink to excess, have casual sex, and make jokes about drugs, sex, religion, morality, and other potentially sensitive topics. Sex is graphically depicted on-screen (no body parts are seen, but there is moaning and thrusting), and characters drink themselves into stupors, vomit, and make poor choices.

What's the story?

The eponymous star of BOJACK HORSEMAN is a down-on-his-luck animal actor (Will Arnett) who's nursing the last of his fame left over from his starring in a Full House-like hit sitcom, Horsin' Around. BoJack hasn't had a lot of acting roles since then and spends most of his time moping around his Hollywood home with perma-houseguest/mini-entourage Todd (Aaron Paul), in between throwing parties and drinking himself into a stupor. His agent, talking cat Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), is convinced that BoJack can climb back on top by writing his tell-all memoirs with the help of ghostwriter Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie). BoJack isn't so sure. But he's sure, he's going to stumble back into fame, or at least infamy, somehow, and soon.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

BoJack Horseman certainly has the trappings of hilarity: Great comic actors (Will Arnett and Amy Sedaris? An embarrassment of riches!) in situations rich with absurd potential. A horse writing a book? And shopping at an animal grocery store, the shelves lined with asparagus and carrots? A talking cat as the agent of a talking horse who plays "Jellicle Cats" as her phone system's hold music? The writing's not bad, either, getting off some good lines such as when BoJack affirms that he's great with commitment: "I commit to things all the time! It's just following through on that commitment I don't do." Snort.

But somehow, things don't gel into actual thigh-slapping. Mild chuckles are the most you can expect and the pleasant passing of 25 minutes. And maybe that's enough. BoJack is profane and goofy enough to keep adults more or less amused yet not so offensive as to cause parents to dash for the remote lest teens catch some of the action. You probably wouldn't want to watch with tweens -- the goings-on are too blue for that -- but teens may enjoy watching, with or without mom and dad.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why animated series aimed at adults have become popular. What other animated series for adults can you name? How are they like or unlike BoJack Horseman?

  • Do you recognize any of the voices in BoJack Horseman from other shows? How does it affect the way you feel about this show?

  • Netflix used to be a site that only distributed movies and TV shows made by other companies. Now it's making its own shows. Why?

TV details

Premiere date:August 22, 2014
Cast:Will Arnett, Alison Brie, Amy Sedaris
Network:Netflix
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Horses and farm animals
TV rating:TV-MA
Available on:Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written byaboy26 September 15, 2014

Why the long face, Horseman

I remember waiting for days for this show to come on our digital screens... The show is not like Family Guy or South park, it goes more along the lines of King Of The Hill, a funny show that can make anyone forget that they are watching a cartoon. There are issues shown in this show such as drug use but the way it's portrayed can seem a bit corny, there is approximately 5 sex scenes in the whole show and 2 episodes about drug use... There is use of sexual allusions in an episode where a lady sings about her "Freckly muffin", and a scene that involves a bit of a threesome but no nudity is shown and you can't see them doing it onscreen... Even though the show sends iffy messages now and again, it will be entertaining for kids 12-18, whereas adults find this irrelevant and stupid, there are funny jokes that other kids will love and there is a storyline that the main character looks up to secretariat as his idol.
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byJWilliams303 August 13, 2015

Get's better as it goes along

This is one of those shows that grows overtime, or in this case, every episode since it's a Netflix original and they release a whole season on the same day. BoJack Horseman is one of those shows that came off as just only a crude show from the first episode, but after watching more of the episodes, they began to actually make jokes that were laughable and also had a bit of drama to add to the show. A thing that I like with more "mature" shows is not just the laughs but also it's messages they show. It shows the dark life of BoJack trying to get his life as a celebrity together by becoming a big thing in the big world again. The show heavily focuses on what some celebrities will go through, especially if they're going through some dark times and why they might do the things that they do. The humor in it as well becomes smarter throughout the series. There is some mature content such as drug abuse, alcohol, language, and some sexual content in the show, but it's not as bad compared to other TV-MA shows like South Park. Overall a very good show, the first episode may come off as not all that great, but watch more episodes after the first and you'll be hooked in.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Educator and Parent Written byBrandon Espinoza July 29, 2015

Why Bojack Horseman is a show worth binge watching

What can I truly say about Bojack Horseman? It is one of the best adult animated sitcoms in the Netflix library, if not, if the most mature show out there. While it can be flawed with the whole washed-up celebrity motif arc of the show's presentation, it surprisingly works to its advantage because of how true to life it can be in a relatable manner. Unlike most shows nowadays where each stand-alone episode has its start to finish, Bojack is an exception to all this because it's like watching an animated story book for the eyes, and while the characters are partially anthropomorphized animals as well as human beings and some adult content may find some viewers uneasy and offended, it purposely does this not to shock, but to be as realistic as possible. Sure, there's some blood, sex, nudity, profanity, etc., but as long as you stick to it throughout the show, it is a must watch for any adult out there who wants a good, wholesome that can be understood by many.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking