Title: BoJack Horseman
Release Dates: 2019
Number of Episodes: 8
BoJack Horseman returns for its final season, this time a split season of 16 episodes. The first 8 episodes are up on Netflix NOW! with the rest due in January. Unlike Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt which did a split final season that made me almost glad to see the series go, BoJack Horseman continues to be some of the most clever and thoughtful television I’ve ever seen.
BoJack continues to reside at an expensive rehab facility, generally progressing well, but anxious about returning to the outside world where he may fall into his old habits. Mr. Peanutbutter, who inadvertently proposed to Pickles when he was supposed to tell her that he was cheating on her with Diane, finally comes clean. To restore his public persona, Princess Caroline creates a “Sad Dog” meme that makes Mr. Peanutbutter the face of clinical depression (even though he is not actually depressed). Diane, meanwhile, moves to Chicago where she settles in with a new partner, and attempts to right a book of essays, but suffers severe writer’s block and depression. Princess Caroline struggles with balancing work with raising her prickly baby. And Todd eventually falls into a job to which he seems a natural, as a nanny for Princess Caroline’s baby.
Some highlights of the season include an episode where guests at a surprise party attempt to hide while Mr. Peanutbutter and Pickles argue. It’s a silly sitcom staple but it’s done so well over the course of an entire episode. We also unexpectedly get some of Todd’s backstory when his stepfather arrives. Then there’s the great moment when Mr. Peanutbutter finally gets his crossover episode with BoJack.
The season is moving toward something that if not a happy ending, then at least something more positive for our characters than we’ve seen before. Then the devastating last episode hits. Brilliantly, none of the five main characters appear, but the episode is entirely carried by ancillary characters introduced over the years in overlapping stories. They begin to uncover some of BoJack’s darkest moments we’ve seen over the course of 6 seasons that may completely unravel the unsteady progress he’s made.
3 thoughts on “TV Review: BoJack Horseman (2019)”
Liam, I’ve noticed you no longer include a number of stars to summarize your reviews (tv, books, movie). Why?
I do it for books and movies, but I never came up with a rating system for tv shows. I think because I’m reviewing an entire season at a time rather than individual episodes, a star rating just doesn’t seem to fit.