He's funny AND he's a horse...but he's more than that.
by Mike Meadors, Playwright
For my fan who tunes in to read the Starcollider serial, I apologies for not giving you fresh material this week. I've been super swamped at work all while trying to get a draft of this new play I wrote ready for a festival. Lame excuses, I know. But I do feel very strongly about the Netflix comedy series, BoJack Horseman and have three reasons why you should drop what your doing and fire up an episode.
1) They don't kill you with the animal jokes. For those of you who don't know, the show follows BoJack Horseman (Will Arnet), an out of work 90's sitcom star who searches for solace at the bottom of a booze bottle all while working on a memoir with a ghost writer (Allison Brie) who has, unintentionally, earned her spot as the horse's main squeeze. Now, BoJack is a horse and, to take it a step further, about half of the characters on the show are non-human animals interacting with humans in society and in all forms. Sounds like a breading ground for cheap jokes which feature shitty wordplay at a given animal's expense, right? It isn't like that at all. The jokes are so carefully woven into the story's beautiful three act structure you don't notice them. And by the time they land the big stereotypical joke which should have been on your mind completely lampoons you.
2) There is an actual story! If you haven't watched the show and are basing your potential distaste for the content on the commercials alone, then I don't blame you for not watching. However, the story structure and execution is damn near flawless. Not only does every episode's plot build on the one before it, each episode has its own clear cut beginning, middle and end, allowing for an audience member to get hooked on the show possibly midway through the season. I know I know I know that's a very basic observation. Consider, however, the number of shows which air on television which don't have the big arcs (this one should get some argumentative responses). I know what you're thinking too, a lot of shows do have well crafted structure with a hero or heroin growing right in front of our eyes. And there are a lot of shows which champion this...but there are even more shows which don't.
3) He's a real person. Okay, technically BoJack is a horse, but he does have a deep seeded need which makes his quest worth watching. The show's arc urges the audience to ask an incredibly interesting multi-tiered question: would you rather be remembered for the work on your resume or the words spoken at your eulogy? And piggybacking off of that, is being remembered more important than living without worrying about the opinions of others?
Trust me, give it a view if you haven't. You will laugh as much as you think...and you will get way more out of it than watching Family Guy.