Netflix’s BoJack Horseman has won the hearts of many fans who might have found the series too strange at the very beginning but ultimately identified with the characters’ feelings of sadness and yearning for positive relationships. The show has been a huge success with both audiences and critics. The third season, released last month, is considered its best by Vulture.
“With its mix of curveball innovations and very BoJack elements, season three of Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s cartoon sitcom set in a species-mixed world of humans and animals might be its best overall, though it necessarily lacks the aspect of jaw-dropping surprise that made it so beguiling in its first two outings.”
Like other critics, Vulture’s Matt Zoller Seitz believes the episode where BoJack goes underwater and the communication is reduced to mostly motions is one of the best.
The character development in BoJack Horseman is what makes the show a must-see. Though all characters are flawed, they force us to look at ourselves in the mirror. There are so many interesting characters, but here are the five most intriguing.
5. Vincent Adultman
You see, Vincent isn’t actually an adult — although Princess Carolyn, the “sexy” cat, doesn’t realize this. Voiced by Alison Brie, Vincent is just three kids stacked together in a trench coat. It’s obvious to anybody who watches the show, but Princess Carolyn is blinded by love — or what she thinks is love. Once, the cat Princess even sees a small kid who has the exact same face as her “boyfriend” but still pushed that aside in order to fulfill her fantasy. Yes, it sounds creepy. But one must remember — Princess Carolyn is a cat.
4. Todd Chavez
Todd Chavez, played by Aaron Paul, is the young free-wheeling slacker who lives with BoJack. He doesn’t seem to have any goals in life but always comes up with crazy business ideas. Every time Todd is close to doing something successful, BoJack sabotages it because even though BoJack is annoyed by Todd, he doesn’t want to be alone. Todd doesn’t seem to have a love life, and we find out why by the end of the third season.
3. Diane Nguyen
Diane Nguyen, who comes from a very mixed racial background like many who live in Southern California (the show deals with this), is also played by Alison Brie. She is ghostwriting BoJack’s autobiography while dealing with several issues herself. Nguyen is married to the show’s lovable yellow lab, Mr. Peanutbutter. However, their marriage is anything but perfect, and one wonders if they will be divorced by the fourth season.
2. Mr. Peanutbutter
Often mistaken for a golden retriever, Mr. Peanutbutter (yes, that’s his full name and yes, that’s how it is spelled) is actually a lovable (for the most part) yellow lab voiced by Paul F. Tompkins. He is BoJack’s once sitcom rival and current frenemy. Like most yellow labs, Peanutbutter is cheerful, but he has a competitive dark side to him as well. He married Diane Nguyen, and they have a very rocky relationship. Sometimes, Mr. Peanutbutter loses his temper, but he doesn’t bite. One of his most touching scenes is when he sits down with his brother, Captain Peanutbutter, who reveals that he has a twisted spleen.
1. BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman, voiced by Will Arnett, was the star of the 90s sitcom Horsin’ Around. He is now a has-been who is trying to make a comeback. More important, however, is the fact that BoJack just wants to find some sort of happiness and satisfaction in life, but his main obstacle is himself. He also sabotages everybody around him consciously or unconsciously. BoJack came from an abusive household, and the flashback scenes to his childhood are tear-inducing. After a failed Oscar campaign for his movie Secretariat, Mr. Horseman ends the season by causing more havoc. Will BoJack Horseman ever find happiness? Perhaps he will in the fourth season, which Deadline claims will be produced soon.
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