Bojack Horseman is one of the best shows out there right now and I want/need everyone to know that. No other show out there will make you laugh out loud one second and then immediately crush your heart the next.
Bojack Horseman is an emotional rollercoaster that will make you question every decision you’ve ever made in your life as you watch this former 90’s television star deal with undeserved success or his lack thereof. Season 3 punches you right in the chest as it doubles down on self-loathing and animal puns.
Bojack’s journey in season 3 begins with his attempt to garner an Oscar nomination for his role in Secretariat in the previous season. His dream role which he later had to completely abandon because it did not make him feel as fulfilled as he had hoped. Oh and then he took advantage of his friend’s teenage daughter. Classic Bojack.
Angela Bassett joins an already loaded voice acting cast as Ana Spanikopita, Bojack’s PR director and self-proclaimed ‘awards whisperer’. As you can imagine, that relationship quickly evolves into madness as does every relationship in this show tends to.
Every character has their own personal journeys as Todd questions his sexuality, Mr. Peanut Butter deals with death. Princess Caroline tries to balance work and love. Diane’s career as a social media writer for celebrities turns into a major pro-choice disaster for teen pop star Sextina Aquafina.
One highlight of this season has to be the flashbacks to 2007 and the year specific jokes such as Mr. Peanut Butter’s second wife being Jessica Biel and her obsession with Justin Timberlake. The episode is used to show us the last time Bojack took a huge career risk with the self-titled “Bojack Horseman Show”. It doesn’t go well.
The greatest moment in season 3 and the episode that makes Bojack Horseman a rarity in television is the 4th episode in the season titled ‘Fish Out of Water’. Bojack must travel underwater to do more Secretariat press at the Pacific Ocean Film Festival. It’s basically an MGM cartoon plus Lost in Translation times that episode of Spongebob SquarePants where he misses the bus and gets stuck in Rock Bottom. The perfect combination.
If you only watch one episode all season it was to be this visual accomplishment as an entire world is birthed under water. There is no dialogue as Bojack must wear a helmet to breathe. Bojack finds himself struggling to make amends with the director he got fired from Secretariat. He also has a Looney Tunes-esque adventure as he attempts to return a baby seahorse to it’s family. I might go and rewatch that right now. Alright I’m back. Update, still amazing.
Season 3 is the perfect balance of comedy and heart-wrenching introspection. Something that you wouldn’t expect from a show about a talking horse. If you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading this and jump on Netflix asap. I’ll even give you my Netflix password. You’ll have to guess my username though. I’m not an open book.
Final Grade: 10/10
Best show on Netflix about talking animals ever.