At some point in our lives, we have all felt like we are truly alone. Like everyone has abandoned us, like we’ll never fit in, and like our lives have ended before they ever even truly began. One show that personifies every bit of negativity brimming inside us into its title character is BoJack Horseman. A brown horse, the washed up Hollywood star that was once famous and well loved, now lonely, fat, and an incredibly pessimistic alcoholic. The hilariously cynical show takes place within the Hollywood context, with a behind the scenes for all the famous actors, contractors and agents. It demystifies all the glamour of Hollywood and exposes it for what it is – an ugly narcissistic world of exploitation, fakeness embedded within every interaction, and how the people living within it, deal with all of this. It explores the depths of its characters, their breaking points, and aspects of their past that have shaped them to be who they are today.
BoJack might seem like a happy-go-lucky cartoon with all its colourful animation but make no mistake; it tackles dark humour with abusive parents, suicide, drug addictions, and a depressing reality just hidden beneath the layers of the characters hiding themselves to make it in the glamour world. Their selfish desires and focus on fame and riches stunts BoJack, leaving him to feel a constant sense of meaninglessness and a hollow lack of purpose in his life.
Existential Nihilism is an aspect which is constantly depicted in the famous show Rick and Morty. It is one that is explored within BoJack as well, albeit without the intergalactic space themes. BoJack consistently looks for ways to distract himself by throwing parties, taking drugs, and simply dealing with life as is explored in the theme song where he walks around, looking at the camera dully. The background changes to various scenes but Bojack remains the same, ending on a party scene where his eyes become red and he simply falls backwards in the pool from his balcony without a care in the world.
So if you’re looking for a hilarious dark comedy show that combines the existential crisis of Rick and Morty with a more meaningful, emotional, and realistic twist that students often experience at universities, BoJack Horseman is the show for you.
I will end this review with one of my favorite quotes from the show that sums it up well: “The universe is a cruel uncaring void. The key to being happy isn’t the search for meaning. It’s to just keep yourself busy with unimportant nonsense. And eventually, you’ll be dead.”