Haley: Not only is the world-building tremendous, but there’s also a level of continuity that really took me by surprise. This isn’t a sitcom that’s headed for syndication, and it’s to Netflix’s credit that they took advantage of their unique setup to create an animated series that is meant to be viewed in order. Small moments are planted early on that don’t come together until episodes later. Jokes that seem like one-offs are often the tip of the iceberg to a greater plot line. That doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of small gags that get their callbacks–the show’s obsession with David Boreanaz, for example, or hatred for Buzzfeed.
Christina: I started loving this show the second they started bullying Buzzfeed. I think that sentence is an exact sentence I messaged you, actually. Buzzfeed might be an easy target, but they’re a truly problematic part of internet reporting and contemporary pop culture in general, and BoJack Horseman’s ability and willingness to go after them was a hint that they were capable of deeper thinking. It was refreshing and gathered enough good will from me to keep watching, and I’m so glad that I did because this show is so much more than anthropomorphic animals riffing about how shitty Hollywood is.
Haley Winters and Christina Harrington (the-lord-is-my-coelacanth), Melancholic, Existential, Wonderful: BoJack Horsemanis Deceptively Complex