Warning: Spoilers ahead for BoJack Horseman.
Netflix's BoJack Horseman began around the time the streaming service first started doubling dowb on original series and it was their second stab at animation genre after Turbo FAST. The series revolving around the titular former actor struggling to make his big leap back into the entertainment business became a success and continues to grow stronger with each season. The reviews have grown stronger as the show goes on, and the creators continue to grow more ambitious in their writing.
Here's a look at the incredible new season of BoJack Horesman:
The time has finally come and Season 3 has arrived on Netflix — and it's the best yet for the animated comedy. The storytelling is more intimate and inventive, the jokes are smarter and thoughtful, and the voice cast continues to grow and embrace their characters even more. What sets this season apart from the rest is that it breaks the mold with these different elements. Let's take a look at just what made this season the best yet.
The Experimental Episodes
Many shows like to branch out and try something new once they've established an audience, and BoJack decided to deliver some of the most intriguing and well-structured episodes rarely done before in previous shows. The best example is the fourth episode of the season, "Fish Out of Water," in which BoJack travels underwater to the Pacific Ocean Film Festival for his big return to the film world in Secretariat.
This episode showed the sitcom's ingenuity and effort to break away from the tired formula and try something very new. It featured less than three minutes of dialogue but still showed a lot of events transpiring, including BoJack getting lost in the middle of the sea floor trying to return a baby seahorse to its father and attempting to reconcile with Kelsey Jannings after she was fired from the film.
But the quiet aspect of the episode mixed with the very surreal music really makes this a moving and thought-provoking storyline, and still can deliver comedy without one-liners. This episode alone helped prove the show was rewriting the animated formula this season.
The Meta-Humor Is Growing
The trend of meta-humor in TV shows is on the rise again, and BoJack is no exception to this trend. The main difference that sets this show apart from the rest is that it took the time to develop an audience and build its meta-humor over the course of the show, hitting its peak in Season 3. While the show loves to direct much of its titular character's angst and grief towards his star-making series, Horsin' Around, the show has shifted the references from being a dramatic drive for BoJack the character to more humorous jabs at BoJack itself.
The sitcom upped the ante of jokes pointed at its seemingly aimless protagonist, occasional filler episodes, and even some of the stars of the show itself. This form of meta-humor feels a lot more subtle and smarter in its writing than shows of a similar nature.
We Empathize Thanks To The Voice Cast
From the beginning, BoJack's voice cast has been full of talented comedians and dramatic actors, ranging from Will Arnett in the titular role to Aaron Paul as BoJack's slacker roommate Todd to Allison Brie as BoJack's ghostwriter Diane. The voice cast — including the supporting roles — have all done a fantastic job in their roles from the start, capturing both the humorous nature of their characters as well as the dramatic element. But with the show's third season, it really feels like the actors have come to embrace their roles, helping us to empathize with them. While this season was undoubtedly the funniest one, it also dealt with some really heavy dramatic themes including addiction and the nature of existence and death. The cast does a phenomenal job of carrying the characters through every element of the show.
In Episode 11, "That's Too Much, Man!," BoJack and Sarah Lynn — his former Horsin' Around co-star — go on a drug-fueled bender and work to make amends for other people, even as BoJack struggles with drug-induced blackouts. Throughout the episode, BoJack and Sarah Lynn continuously contemplate their existence through their experiences, as well as with BoJack's (almost) Oscar nomination, and Sarah Lynn's win. Sadly, when BoJack finally takes Sarah Lynn to the planetarium like she asks, she passes away from an overdose as they both gaze into the stars and ponder how little they are in the grand scheme of things.
Though the rest of the episode is quite hysterical, with only the latter half being truly sad, the cast does a fantastic job of making us truly feel for everybody involved. When Arnett and Kristen Schaal (Sarah Lynn) can make us laugh and cry while pondering their existence and struggling to stay alive during their bender, you know the show has done something special.
While Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins) dealt with heavier issues, such as marriage counseling and an abortion, their roles felt a lot smaller this season, but it was a fresh change to see Todd get a more expanded and in-depth role this season. Todd attempted to start a company with an old friend/potential crush, Emily (Abbi Jacobson). But as he dealt with an ever-changing business structure and the success his job was becoming, he also dealt with figuring out just who he is in life and how he should act with Emily.
Aaron Paul did such a great job of acting confused as he contemplated his role in the world and in relationships, seemingly coming to the conclusion that he is asexual. The cast truly came into their own this season, and helped viewers to empathize with the characters, truly helping this to change the way we see animated sitcoms.
What are your thoughts on BoJack Horseman's third season? Do you feel the Netflix original is changing things for the better for animated sitcoms? What are your favorite moments from Season 3?