With original shows like “Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards” and “Derek,” Netflix has raised the bar for what viewers have come to expect in original programming. Its latest project “Bojack Horseman,” an animated show aimed towards adults, continues in the cutting-edge tradition of the streaming service's previous offerings.
“Bojack Horseman” centers on the title character as he deals with depression, alcoholism and a feeling that he will never top the success that he had on a 1990s family sitcom. Bojack is voiced to perfection by Will Arnett, who delivers each line with utter sincerity. “Breaking Bad” co-star Aaron Paul provides the vocals of Bojack's human houseguest Todd, an optimistic slacker who sometimes bites off a bit more than he can chew.
Paul F. Tompkins voices Bojack's professional and romantic nemesis Mr. Peanutbutter, a dog who always knows everybody in the room. In the first episode, the thought of Mr. Peanutbutter dating Bojack's crush, a human named Diane (Alison Brie), sends Bojack into a fit of uncontrollable projectile vomiting. Bojack's agent and former lover is a cat named Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), who has the uncanny ability to separate her personal and professional lives. Patton Oswalt, Stephen Colbert and Kristen Schaal also provide their voices to this all-star cast.
“Bojack Horseman” does a brilliant job of combining realism with the absurd. The show places viewers in a world full of talking animals who highlight the social pressures that we face in our own lives, while at the same time allowing people to forget about their troubles and just laugh.
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