By Tyler Hetu – 1851 Staff
BoJack Horseman returns with its fourth season. Created by Raphael Bob-Wakesberg and first aired since 2014, the Netflix original has churned out three seasons of the animated animal/human hybrid show. It features a horse named BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), a washed up Hollywoo(d) actor who has fallen into a drug and sex addicted lifestyle. While the show has embodied the definition of funny, it’s not in a “ha-ha” sort of way. Its fourth season is a masterpiece of humor and sadness, mixed together to provide something that no sitcom can create.
In season four, the show’s psychological undertone merges with winding story lines in an organic and deliberate way. The show makes light of the belief that even people who think of themselves as broken or worthless deserve a shot at happiness, and can achieve it if they are willing to commit selfless acts, and realize that other people’s lives matter as much as their own.
The plot of season four involves BoJack reintegrating himself back into his friends’ lives, and subsequently finding the birth mother of his possible daughter, Hollyhock (Aparna Nancherla). BoJack also attempts to reconnect with his mother, who is suffering from dementia and fails to recognize her son. Aside from BoJack, Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins) campaigns for governor and struggles with his relationship with Diane (Alison Brie), Todd (Aaron Paul) soul-searches his new sexuality and life meaning, and Princess Carolyn’s (Amy Sedaris) balance between work and play falls apart.
Known for its dark and cynical humor, that has earned the show its mature rating, and frequently linked the lead character to depression, this season places humor on the foreground as we see the show get its deepest and most emotional, while still making viewers laugh and relate to main characters and minor characters alike.
The multiple angles of story lines create a relatable and enlightening story of tragedy and triumph.