Bojack Horseman’s Final Season: Has It Revealed the Worst of the Show?

The famous Netflix original series “Bojack Horseman” has reached the first half of its final season. Does the show keep the factors that made the original seasons loved and appreciated? Or does it tarnish the reputation of one of the best Netflix originals?

November 9, 2019


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The title to “Bojack Horseman.” The uneven and messy writing shows how the plot writing seems to feel in its first part of its final season on Netflix.

Back in the ‘90s, “Bojack Horseman” would not have been a very famous television (TV)  show.


Netflix’s original series “Bojack Horseman” released the first half of its final season on Oct. 25. After years of buildup and many shows being canceled recently by Netflix, fans were anxious to see how this last season would bring the development of Bojack Horseman to a conclusion. As a character, it is absolutely brilliant! Unfortunately, as a show, it is frankly awful. 


Let me explain, I love “Bojack Horseman.” It is one of my favorite Netflix originals; however, after what happened in the last episode of season six part one, I am inclined to say I hate this show. 


For most of this season, the show barely revolved around Bojack. Rather than focusing on the main plot, the episodes were about the show’s side stories. The most unfortunate part about this change is how the entire premise and mood of the show felt entirely changed, and not in a good way. Any light-hearted fun that was in the previous season completely disappeared.


Bojack is not a character that audiences should want to sympathize with, but that is the beauty of the show. The way the animators and screen-writers portray him really creates a human connection with a horse. Bojack’s transition from alcoholic jerk to a sober character trying to make amends for his sins has been a journey that audiences have been following for over five years. The character development of this season feels perfectly in line; Bojack goes to rehab and tries to right the wrongs he has made over the years (and boy, were there a lot of wrongs). 


If the show had just stuck to this theme and tried to give happy endings to its flawed characters, it would have been much more satisfying and refreshing. Unfortunately, the show decides in its last moments to spit on all of its character development.


Although Bojack’s actions are questionable, this does not mean that Bojack deserves all of the treatment that this show is set up to give him in the second part. Bojack spends an entire episode trying to help an alcoholic go back to sobriety and, at the same time, a news reporter tries to dig up the story that caused the horse to go into his life-changing journey in the first place. 


So, when our protagonist is finally brought to the changing point and climax of his character arc, the forces around him are trying to ruin him. His horrible actions most definitely need to be acknowledged; however, this not necessarily mean that he deserves this horrible show development. It feels forced and inorganic, which is most likely because of Bojack is getting canceled.


Honestly speaking, the show throws all of its character development on the last episode of the show and distorts it into something unrecognizable. It is really sad and depressing to watch it happen. While it was exciting to see what the ending of this show would have in store for all of its characters as it built Bojack’s story of a washed-up actor becoming the character he used to play so many years ago, the truth of the show’s ending is obvious.


Bojack’s reflection with himself in this shot reflects the audience’s after they see what this show has become in its final season. (Photo Courtesy of Creative Commons)

Unfortunately, what could have been a really refreshing and nice ending to this show has instead been turned into a parallel for the “Cosby Show.” The political undertones of a few of the episodes feel incredibly out of place and insulting to audiences to watch. It feels like an executive came into the cutting room floor and handed the writing to 15-year-olds’ Twitter accounts.


 Political satire is good only when done well, and Bojack is done about as bad as possible. Actually, it’s reminiscent of “Long Shot,” which is a “great” example of how not to do satirical comedy. 


It is honestly a shame that “Bojack Horseman” has come to this level of pettiness instead of being a show that audiences can watch to show that there is faith in the world. 


The show had been set up for this arc as can be seen by most of the writing in this season and every season which preceded it. Instead, it has become the political satire that drains audiences day in and day out. 


Because of these critical flaws, it is with great displeasure that “Bojack Horseman” receives a score of 6.0 out of 10. The saving graces of this show are its genuinely good moments, like Bojack helping out Todd, truly apologizing to many of the people he has hurt over the show or helping two addicts get their lives back on track after every normal instinct would tell him to leave them. Unfortunately, the flaws really stand out as they are found right at the end of the show which is honestly sad. “Bojack Horseman” is best enjoyed if watched up to season six; enjoyment of the show is best in its first seasons and it loses its dignity and my respect with its final episode. 

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