It’s pretty hard to find anyone these days who hasn’t already watched and experienced the emotional roller coaster ride that is the anime hit. netflix To display, Bojack Riderwhich receives universal praise from critics and audiences and is now a proud representative of the television excellence found on the streaming platform.
Directed by Raphael Bob-Waksberg, Bojack Rider oscillates between surreal comedy and brutal tragedy and provides some of the most profound and heartbreaking portrayals of the human condition in recent television history, and it’s all about a talking horse. If you’re in the mood to rewatch the iconic series, here are the best episodes to remind you how great the series can be..
The Face of Depression – Season 6, Episode 7 9.3/10
Princess Carolyn begins to balance the busy schedules of her work and home life, Diane begins taking antidepressants, and Mr. Peanutbutter achieves his lifelong dream of directing a crossover episode of Bojack. Bojack goes to Chicago to visit Diane and actually leaves her some great advice, and the audience sees Bojack’s positive attributes and how he’s really trying to be a better person.
After many seasons of seeing him make the worst decisions, it was amazing to see him genuinely supporting the people around him. It would have made a great finale for the horse as it emulates the warm fuzziness of a wholesome sitcom that made him famous, but if the show taught us anything it’s that life is everything but a sanitized television family comedy.
Escape from LA – Season 2, Episode 11 9.3/10
The eleventh episode of the second season is particularly devastating and shows Bojack at his worst, but the show at its best. Bojack reconnects with his long-lost friend and crush from the ’90s, Charlotte, and stays with her and her family whom he grows closer to, especially Charlotte’s teenage daughter, Penny.
As he joins Penny and her friends on their prom night where, in typical Bojack fashion, he goes too far and makes a lifelong mistake that will haunt him throughout the series. It wasn’t the first time audiences witnessed one of Bojack’s worst decisions, but it was one of the first to truly have an impact.
The Old Sugarman Place – Season 3, Episode 2 9.3/10
One of many episodes that take full advantage of the flexibility and creativity of animation, a lost and devastated Bojack exiting the grid and returning to his family’s former lake house after the death of Sarah-Lynn , interwoven with flashback montages of her mother, Beatrice Horseman, as a child, spent her summers in the old big house with her parents.
Both stories deal with grief and generational trauma, giving audiences deeper insight into why Bojack is the way he is and how trauma from the past finds its way into the present. With the incredible talents of Colman Domingo, Matthew Broderick, and Jane Krakowskiwho deliver each of the lines with the perfect mix of humor and pure tragedy.
Nice While It Lasted – Season 6, Episode 16 9.5/10
The last episode of bojack is bittersweet and poignant, primarily featuring Bojack now in prison being allowed a night off to attend Princess Carolyn’s wedding and allowing audiences to see how much each character has grown since season one.
Bojack, now far removed from his previous fame and fortune, engages with the most important people in his life, from Mr. Peanutbutter, Bojack eventually accepting his unconditional friendship, to Princess Carolyn, who still cares for Bojack but is strong enough to let go. of her toxic addiction to him, as well as Todd, who shows his support for Bojack over his continued sobriety. The most powerful interaction the horse has throughout the episode is with Diane, who leaves him one last piece of advice before leaving his life for good.
Fish Out of Water – Season 3, Episode 4 9.6/10
Show once again how far you can go with the animation, “Fish Out Of Water” is visually stunning and unlike anything you’ll find on any other show. The episode follows Bojack as he goes under the sea to a film festival to promote Secretariat, and he is unable to speak or communicate with anyone because of his headset. It features little to no dialogue and instead tells a story through Bojack’s actions as he attempts to return a baby seahorse to his father.
The episode provides additional insight into the world Bojack inhabits, with the underwater landscape and sea jokes always remaining a highlight. It’s a bittersweet visual splendor that allows the animation medium a full range of storytelling and ends with one of the funniest moments in the entire series.
It’s too much, man! – Season three, episode eleven 9.6/10
Featuring arguably the most shocking and heartbreaking scene of the entire series. After learning that he would not receive an Oscar for SecretariatBojack allows the recently sober Sarah-Lynn to engage in drug-fueled bending, fueled only by Bojack’s selfish and harmful impulses.
What ensues is all a terrible decision-making platitude, including Bojack ambushing a traumatized Penny at her middle school, while dragging Sarah-Lynn off. The only thing Bojack does for Sarah-Lynn is bring her to the planetarium, the only place she begged to go, where she later dies from a heroin overdose. Sarah-Lynn’s death is one of the saddest moments on the show, especially since she never got to live her life the way she wanted.
The Showstopper – Season Five, Episode Eleven 9.6/10
This is when the audience sees Bojack’s addiction issues in full force, as his addiction to painkillers soon causes Bojack to spiral and lose his grip on reality, while once again ruining plus another relationship in the process. Bojack experiences a psychotic episode due to his addiction and brutally attacks Gina, having emphasized throughout the season his desire and need to protect her.
With the following episode, Bojack struggles to differentiate between the stylized black TV world of Philbert to his own life with disastrous results, once again forcing Bojack to look deep within himself and wonder if he can truly become a better person.
Time’s Arrow – Season 4, Episode 11 9.8/10
The fourth season delves even deeper into Bojack’s family history and his mother’s trauma which was first depicted in The old Sugarman Square, showing how the traumatic experience of losing her older brother and her mother’s lobotomy affected Beatrice for the rest of her life. Audiences are able to experience Beatrice’s dementia and empathize with her, as she was previously considered one of the show’s most unsympathetic characters.
The episode is a visual masterpiece and is a nuanced depiction of dementia and the lifelong effects of generational trauma. Beatrice Horseman was a terrible mother, but she was also a victim.
Free Churro – Season Five, Episode Six 9.8/10
The entire episode, aside from the cold open, is a monologue given by Bojack about the struggles of grieving an abusive and present parent. Arnett at its absolute best.
It’s as hilarious as it is tragic, with the various riffs the off-camera organ player provides, giving much-needed comic relief to one of the most heartbreaking discussions of the complexities of grief ever portrayed on screen.
The View from Halfway Down – Season 6, episode 15 9.9/10
The show delivers one final visually stunning punch to its devoted fans with a surreal depiction of a dinner party featuring only dead characters such as Sarah-Lynn, Corduroy Jackson-Jackson and Beatrice, as well as the late best friend of Bojack, Herb and his idol. uncle, Crackerjack.
His father, who is simultaneously portrayed as his childhood hero Secretariat, reads a poem that grows increasingly terrifying as he describes the thought process of jumping to death before vanishing into a black tar-like void. which soon swallows all the rest of the guests into its nothingness. Things only get more bizarre when it is revealed that Bojack is currently drowning in a swimming pool and supposedly living his last sentient moments. It’ll take you on a wild ride through human fear and the mystery of death, and is sure to stay with you long after the credits roll.
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