First half of final season of Bojack Horseman hits Netflix

Written By Jordyn Hronec, Editor-Elect

When it comes to Netflix originals, there’s a lot to choose from. However, there aren’t a lot of animated Netflix originals, and the show Big Mouth tends to dominate in this category.

However, the Netflix animated original Bojack Horseman, created by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, is a gem, truly. But sadly, as many Netflix originals do, it is soon coming to an end.

The sixth and final season of the show was scheduled to be released in parts, with the first eight episodes becoming available on Oct. 25, 2019, and the second half of the season becoming available on Jan. 31, 2020. This split is an interesting move, but an appreciated one, coming from a fan who binge watches entire seasons of this show as soon as they come out. By splitting up the final season, it feels as if the show is getting a bit more time to survive.

The first eight episodes of season six did not deviate from the show’s course. Since season one, Bojack Horseman has been focused on examining the life and choices of its titular character, an aging B-list celebrity known for starring in a 90s sitcom called “Horsin’ Around.” The world of Bojack Horseman, who is voiced by Will Arnett, is one where humans and anthropomorphic animals live, work and play side-by-side, but the reality of this world is a lot less fun than it sounds. Almost every adult character in the show, be they human or animal, is going through some type of real-life adult struggle. Bojack, for example, is chronically depressed, and destructively turns to sex, alcohol and drugs rather than dealing with his problems, many of which stem from a traumatic childhood with his abusive and neglectful parents.

The show hits heavy topics, like alcoholism and drug abuse, head-on and continues to do so in season six as Bojack is in rehab for his drug and alcohol use and incessantly remembers the overdose death of his once child actor co-star, Sarah Lynn. And yet, the show still finds its footing in being humorous.

The humor of Bojack Horseman is often times self-deprecating, which tends to resonate with many of its young adult viewers. What I find to be one of Bojack’s most endearing qualities is the fact that its humor does not draw from being overly offensive or crude. Of course, the show is for adults, and includes strong language and themes, but the show never tries to draw a cheap laugh. Characters who are offensive are never celebrated, and in fact, the majority of the characters in the show are not written to be good or admirable. Bojack Horseman actively examines the pitfalls of Hollywood (or Hollywoo, in the show). Thus, its characters oftentimes represent those pitfalls – whether they be substance abusers, work-aholics, egomaniacs or sell-outs.

As someone who falls on the asexual spectrum, I think one of the best recurring jokes on Bojack Horseman has to do with the character Todd, an asexual man who often experiences and exasperatedly expresses the trials and tribulations that come with being asexual. The show could have easily turned his sexuality itself into a joke, as many other shows would, but instead accurately portrays what it is like to be an asexual person looking for a partner. It’s a small detail, but it’s one that really solidified my appreciation for this show.

The first part of season six explores Bojack’s time in rehab. Throughout this part of the season, it becomes apparent that while rehab has been helpful for him, it has also become a crutch as he is afraid to leave. Bojack’s anxiety and depression, as someone who has experienced both, has always been portrayed extremely accurately by this show. But the first part of season six also introduces another accurate portrayal of depression in one of its other main characters, Diane, Bojack’s ex-ghost writer turned friend and confidante. Diane’s depression manifests itself differently, as she ignores her feelings, throws herself into her work, and then later on down the road, finds herself with no motivation and a feeling of unfulfillment.

Bojack Horseman’s characters’ slow descent into sadness is one that sneaks up on you as a viewer, but once revealed, causes you to understand that the signs have always been there.

I believe that every college-aged person should watch this show. It’s incredibly relatable and funny at surprisingly dark times, and the animation itself is colorful and extremely detailed. Truly no stone has been left unturned in the writing, the voice performance and the making of this show. And because of this and the fact that I don’t think there’s another show out there quite like Bojack, I’m sad to see it go. But unfortunately for Bojack, the end is neigh.