No more horse than a man, no more man than a horse. But for. Also, how to end a show which speaks of reality, the dark side of fame, which has characters who are flawed and inane, who don’t know how to help themselves despite all the money in the world? [Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “BoJack Horseman” Season 5, including the ending.]. Unlike “Horsin’ Around,” “BoJack Horseman” never promised that “no matter what happens, at the end of 30 minutes, everything is going to be OK.” The series confronted addiction and depression head-on, often with a clarity and courage few other shows could emulate. The episode of “Horsin’ Around” playing when BoJack is discovered facedown in the pool is the same episode playing in the hospital when, during an Episode 1 panic attack, he thinks he’s dying. In the first episode, BoJack eats cotton candy at a house party. Adam Sandler Fans, Gear Up! Todd (Aaron Paul) finds his calling and works to repair relations with his estranged mother. BoJack Horseman season 6 finale is currently streaming on Netflix and we don’t know how to feel. Looking for something more specific? First, it tips its hand. Life rolls forward. Building on the strong serial storytelling and character work of adult animated shows that came before, like, , the series has pushed the category to another level. These decisions also put a lot of pressure on the dinner party conversations to provide either answers or emotional revelations, and while BoJack’s phone call to Diane does prove somewhat important to the finale, the rest is rehashing lessons these characters already shared. As an acting teacher, he is often heard saying the lines ‘Acting is about leaving everything behind and becoming something completely new’ which is a meta in itself. Might as well be Diane and BoJack. We get to see how BJ is good at teaching and for the first time, people around him genuinely like him. That is a kind of validation for him which he always looked for. In the end, no matter what the catchphrase from Horsin’ Around, the show’s primary show-within-a-show, might indicate, BoJack Horseman wasn’t too much, man. Get The Latest IndieWire Alerts And Newsletters Delivered Directly To Your Inbox. Sign Up: Stay on top of the latest breaking film and TV news! But when BoJack rings the doorbell to his mother’s house alongside a young Sarah Lynn, things get a bit wobbly. Even just over the past year, there’s been a growing feeling on television that, perhaps, the boldest thing a character can be is truly thoughtful about their impact on themselves and the worlds around them — and no, it’s probably not a coincidence that this wave of onscreen character growth is happening in the wake of the real world seeming to become more catastrophic by the minute. BoJack gets beautiful final moments with each of the core cast members. Following the mid-season finale, which finds the star of the series absent and a number of the people he’s hurt over the show’s run dealing with the consequences of his role in their lives, it became pretty obvious what was coming: BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett) was going to get canceled. John Maher. “BoJack Horseman” connected to what came before without relying on the past for a way out. But while BoJack Horseman the actor may always have a lot of work to do to make his case for his value to those around him, the show no longer does. BoJack’s public life, representing his desire to be loved by everyone, smashes into his private life, where he’s depressed, addicted, and angry. [Season 6 Review] My personal favourite episode is ‘The View From Halfway Down’. While the first season played out as a cheeky, stealth mystery, the rest of the series has unfolded as an obsessive dissection of the human condition and the massive gray area between the stark “good” and “bad” designations that otherwise define its world. But for BoJack, who has come so far and yet cannot outrun his own past, doing the work begins to feel hopeless. There is no heroic ending, the makers didn’t show the characters learning the meaning of life and donning the hat of perfection, the ending is human, subtle yet satisfying. (That such characters often broke down into that gendered split is relevant, if a whole other essay.) Bob-Waksberg spoke early and often of his love for ’90s sitcoms, which allowed him to not only reference them with hysterical specificity, but make a great “Horsin’ Around” episode all his own. Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins) takes on his infidelity and codependency issues. Take the broads of “Broad City” (played by co-creators Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer), who were deliberate cartoons when they first debuted on Comedy Central in 2014, but who bowed out in 2019 as (slightly) more mature versions of themselves who decided it was time to grow up. Each emphasized the importance of self-awareness, mutual respect, compassion, and paying it forward. Building on the strong serial storytelling and character work of adult animated shows that came before, like The Venture Bros., the series has pushed the category to another level. This ‘e-girl and her podcaster boyfriend’ meme roasts film protagonists who date out of their league, Chris Pratt draws ire for not participating in ‘Avengers’ fundraiser with Kamala Harris, TikTok turns The Caretaker’s 6-hour song into a ‘challenge’, Dominatrix goes viral after walking man on leash through supermarket, Every good cartoon knows how to end. The moment when BoJack decides to bid adieu to the glamour world of ‘Hollywoo’ and decide to take up teaching in a college as an acting professor, we are simultaneously shown that this journey isn’t going to be an easy one for our man-horse. The subsequent episodes don’t quite hit that mark. Mr. Peanutbutter’s first in a long line of Erica jokes pays off in the finale with the sheer implication of Erica’s always-offscreen presence forming the punchline. The first part of season 6 came out in October 2019 and we got to see Bojack’s (voiced by Will Arnett) journey of struggling with his drinking addiction, trying to help himself in the rehabilitation center; all to come out sober and better. Sign up for our Email Newsletters here. From the near-silent “Fish Out of Water” episode to the pained inner monologue driving “Stupid Piece of Shit” (not to mention the under-appreciated masterpiece “Time’s Arrow”), “BoJack” has found imaginative and effective ways to convey very difficult emotional and mental experiences. So in a one-two punch, a nosy Hollywoo Reporter journalist and a normally anodyne talk show host who’s decided to pull no punches force BoJack to publicly face down his past, and that goes…well, about as well as one might imagine. They can’t really sustain the full episode. What has been done cannot be undone. wasn’t too much, man. She’s in Houston, writing for pleasure, her new husband, Guy, by her side, and he’s, well, he’s taking it one step at a time. And Diane (Alison Brie) wrestles with her book, depression, and a new relationship, realizing that maybe the goals she’s held onto for so much of her life aren’t going to make her happy after all. 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