THROWBACK THURSDAY: "BOJACK HORSEMAN" TURNS 5 YEARS OLD (8/22/2014)
Five years ago today, on Friday, August 22, 2014, Netflix released its first-ever animated series intended for adults: "BoJack Horseman." The series is set in an alternate reality Hollywood where humans and anthropomorphic animals live side-by-side and stars Will Arnett as an alcoholic, depressed former TV star (and horse) trying to pull his life together.
Though it was only moderately successful with critics upon its debut (Season 1 ended up with a 67% freshness rating on Rotten Tomatoes), the show's careful balance of bleak honesty and cartoon silliness immediately found a devoted fan following. "BoJack" has since gone on to become one of Netflix's best-regarded original series. Last year, IndieWire writers ranked it as the top animated series of all time. Thrillist has it ranked as the second-best Netflix original ever, oddly behind "The OA." Just a few weeks ago, Vulture declared "BoJack" the best-written show on television.
The show has even been nominated this year for the Oustanding Animated Program Emmy for the first time, for the ground-breaking episode "Free Churro," which consists almost exclusively of a eulogy for BoJack's mother, delivered by Arnett.
"BoJack" has also proved a breakthrough for both creator/writer Raphael Bob-Waksberg and animator Lisa Hanawalt. Bob-Waksberg has since gone on to create the adult animated series "Undone," which debuts on Amazon Prime on September 13, and Hanawalt created the (sadly now canceled) Netflix series "Tuca & Bertie."
Five seasons of "BoJack" are currently available to stream on Netflix. It's expected to return sometime later this year for a sixth season.