Title: BoJack Horseman Release Dates: August 2014 Season: 1 Number of Episodes: 12 Summary/Review:
This is a show with a big premise, a world in which anthropomorphic animals live and work among humans. One of them, BoJack Horseman, was the star of a popular 1990s sitcom in which a horseman adopts human children. In the current day, BoJack is a washed-up drunk, living in a Hollywood mansion and trying to regain his relevancy by writing his autobiography. In the first episode Diane Nyugen is introduced as his ghostwriter, and their relationship is the core of the season.
The show is deeply satirical and is reminiscent of The Simpsons, 30 Rock, and It’s Garry Shandling’s Show! for it’s combination of satire, spoof, sight gags, and sensitivity. There are a lot of gags and it’s funny when a anthropomorphic animal character acts on their animal instinct. But there’s a lot of serious undertones to this show as well, and it’s often just as heartbreaking as it is funny. Rating: ***1/2
Gonna try something new here. Since I’ve been binge-watching tv shows on Netflix and elsewhere, I may as well post a few thoughts here. Thus this is my first TV Review!
This tv series is a prequel to the 2001 movie, with the same actors returning to play teenagers even though everyone is 15 years older and looks it (especially the men). This is played for a good gag at the end of the series. Like the movie, the show is a loving spoof of 1980s movie tropes, not just camp movies but across genres. And like the movie, a lot more happens than could possibly happen in a single day. Surprisingly, I think the tv series is actually funnier than the movie, perhaps because over several episodes they’re able to build up the characters and scenarios to make the gags pay off.
It’s not perfect, but if you’re looking for some dumb fun, here it is. Rating:***