Netflix unleashes the beast…iality with ‘BoJack Horseman’

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bojackHe was a sitcom star nearly two decades ago. Now he’s a washed up has-been with a nagging ex-wife, a lame love life, no visible means of support, and an apparent need for alcohol. A lot of alcohol. He’s ‘BoJack Horseman’ and he happens to be the star of Netflix new animated series of the same name. Oh, and did we mention he is indeed a horse? And that his ex is a cat, and also acts as his agent? And that another of his gal pals now dates a smooth talking dog?

Yes, the entire ‘Family Guy‘ dynamic in which animated animals have sex with humans, and visa versa, is apparently being explored here, with Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul lending their voices to the characters. While there seems to be jokes at the expense of the main character’s less than high profile as of late, the majority of the trailer seems to revolve around various and sundry discussions of copulation. Check it out.

As someone who doesn’t like the “Yes/No” brand of comedy, this preview of the show was pretty terrible. You know the kind of joke I’m talking about…a character is asked a question like “Are you drunk?” and then the gag requires the answer to be a vehement abject denial, perhaps over and over again, until evidence (and a last second confirmation) proves otherwise. That happens a lot here. Also, some of the humor is obvious and many of the punchlines fall flat.

Still, it’s hard to get into something new without the entire set-up and structure of the show is outlined. Maybe there are some better quips and more character driven material once the entire 12 episode series premieres in August. Considering the quality Netflix is now known for, something like ‘BoJack Horseman’ may tarnish its rather stellar streaming content reputation.


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