Though early episodes were met with mixed reviews, critics
warmed up to the show as it progressed, and by the end of the first
season, the show was a success with many critics applauding the
second half of the season for developing a unique comedic voice
and achieving a surprising emotional and dramatic depth. The
second season, released in July 2015, received near-universal
acclaim for continuing and strengthening what made the second
half of the first season so memorable. Season three, released in July
2016, was similarly met with ubiquitous praise and regarded as
both hilarious and heartbreaking: “It does what BoJack Horseman
does best, allowing the most heartbreaking parts of life to leach
into the genre that’s meant to soothe them” (Nussbaum); “BoJack
Horseman is the best of all of Netflix’s original series, and one of
the best shows on television” (Sepinwall). “Even in an era where
the lines between comedy and drama are the blurriest that they’ve
ever been, what BoJack Horseman is capable of doing is nothing
short of masterful” (Chappel).
BoJack Horseman’s popularity can be attributed to a number
of factors, including its eclectic humor (a unique brand that blends
sharp celebrity satire, goofy sight gags, and witty, fast-paced
dialogue), its simplistic yet beautiful art direction, and its
tremendously talented voice cast, which includes not only Will
Arnett, Amy Sedaris, and Aaron Paul in the main ensemble, but
featured guests such as Patton Oswalt, Angela Bassett, and Keith
Olberman in recurring roles. Of all these worthy and highly praised
components, however, the element of the show that has received
the most acclaim and generated the most discussions is its portrayal
of depression.
BoJack Horseman is a cartoon depicting a world where
humanoid, anthropomorphic, talking animals coexist with
humans; they work together and have relationships with one
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