BoJack Horseman (2014-2020)
Description: After starring in the popular sitcom “Horsin’ Around” in the late 80s and early 90s, BoJack Horseman struggles with his deteriorating popularity, depression, addiction, and maintaining the relationships with those he cares about, but can’t seem to stop hurting, all while living in the satirical, pun-filled city of Hollywood, California.
Creator: Raphael Bob-Waksberg
Stars: Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie
Will Arnett named BoJack as the hardest role of his career to get inside, admitting that he sometimes takes the darkness of the character home with him.
The first season of the show received mostly mixed reviews from critics. This may have been due to most outlets only reviewing the first few episodes of the season, unaware that the show developed a darker and deeper tone about midway through the first season. The improvement was so significant that it forced Indiewire to change its grading policy to watch a show’s entire season upon availability instead of just the first half dozen or so episodes, which would have boosted their original rating of BoJack’s first season.
In season two, the line “what are you doing here?” or a variation “what am I doing here?” is said at least once per episode.
As part of the promotion for this title, Netflix created an original entry for the fictional “Horsin’ Around” on their site. If a user selects this, it plays the intro theme for the sitcom (which is shown in other episodes within the show proper) and then takes them back to the main menu.
Patrick Carney of the Black Keys recorded the theme to this show as a test of his new home studio, with his uncle providing saxophone. The song was never intended to be used for anything, until Carney was approached by the show’s creators, who asked to use the track as their opening theme.
Amy Sedaris hated doing the tongue-twisters, so the writers responded by giving her the most of any cast member.
Rare for an animated series, there is a table read before every episode, allowing the actors and actresses to interact with each other.
The background character dressed in red flannel and a flat cap is meant to be series creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg and appears in every episode.