BoJack Horseman: Season 1 Reviews

November 11, 2021
The writing is sharp, the jokes are layered, and the situations are hilarious, but there's a melancholy undercurrent to the series. Despite being a horse, Bojack is also one of the most human characters on television.
February 10, 2021
Amid a slate of TV shows where story arcs are neatly wrapped up and protagonists come to upbeat epiphanies over the span of 30 minutes, Bojack is a soothing balm of darkness.
February 28, 2020
While BoJack Horseman might not be the flashiest or most heralded show, it stands among the most entertaining and most original. The balance between drama and comedy makes it unique in the animated landscape and far more rewarding.
February 28, 2020
Once BoJack looks inward, it quickly develops into a heart-wrenching tale of failure and the journey to forgive oneself, a much more complex, dark subject to handle than silly Hollywood (excuse me; Hollywoo) satires and hilarious cat jokes.
November 16, 2018
It's done something that very few animated (or live-action) shows have even bothered to approach before: depression.
September 19, 2018
Once [the show found its stride] revealed a great sensitivity alongside its earthier elements, as well as a wonderful articulacy in unpacking our quotidian burdens and entertainment-industry conventions.
August 31, 2018
But even in its most relentless moments, there's enough humor to keep BoJack from sinking as low as BoJack himself often descends-and enough poignancy to keep viewers coming back, ideally for several seasons to come.
June 13, 2018
The show succeeds on every necessary level. Its first 12 episodes feel nearly perfect in every way.
August 27, 2017
What holds BoJack Horseman together in the early goings is largely the work of its cast.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 25, 2017
BoJack Horseman is a perfect example of a show that is as hilarious as it is moving.
November 16, 2015
Netflix's first entry into the arena of animated satire has a handful of stand-out moments but mostly explores familiar themes and uses overdone gags.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
November 16, 2015
Raphael Bob-Waksberg has created something that simultaneously functions as both lunatic farce and melancholy character study.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 16, 2015
The humor alternates between juvenile and biting and could gather a herd of fans.
September 12, 2014
It's one of the most aggressive portraits of depression I think I've ever seen. Look past the anthropomorphic animal characters and the satire of toxic celebrity culture: This show is radically sad. I love it.
September 2, 2014
It's Curb-lite, with an irascible ageing protagonist (think Larry David but with a fine mane of hair) tilting at the inanities of the modern world.
August 28, 2014
BoJack is profane and goofy enough to keep adults more or less amused yet not so offensive as to cause parents to dash for the remote lest teens catch some of the action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 25, 2014
The humour is wry and bittersweet and there's also a really great theme tune by Jesse Novak, so while BoJack Horseman might not be an obvious candidate to sit alongside the Netflix greats, subscribers should give it a chance.
August 25, 2014
BoJack Horseman's premiere episode is an exercise in squandered potential, with uninspired humor and flat dialogue blotting out a strong cast and pedigree.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
August 25, 2014
This hilarious and ribald show is not intended for kiddies, or for anyone who cherishes the somewhat cherubic image Will Arnett has recently built up on series like The Millers and Up All Night.
August 22, 2014
Thanks to the clever dialogue and skilled voice work, BoJack grows on us. Providing occasional laughs and even a little romance, the show... isn't quite binge-worthy, but it's a good snack.