By Brennan Atkins & Noah Barnes
In recent years, it seems as if cartoons have become more clever and complex when it comes to characters, stories and themes. “Bojack Horseman” is a perfect example of this recent trend.
The Netflix Original Series came up on its fourth season on Sept. 8.
If you thought a show about an anthropomorphic horse couldn’t delve deep into societal problems and psychological troubles in a surprisingly satirical and appealing fashion, then you’d be mistaken.
Will Arnett returns as the title character, Bojack Horseman – a washed up ’90s sitcom actor who’s in a constant battle with his depression and alcoholism. Along with Bojack, we have Todd (Aaron Paul), Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), Diane (Alison Brie) and Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), all returning from the previous seasons.
Although the series has always had an underlying theme of family, this season capitalizes on that idea in a much more literal sense. While the previous seasons focus more on familial relationships, this season is more about parenting – specifically motherhood.
From clever cameos, to over-the-top antics, to intentionally bad puns and comedic spins on modern-day controversies and issues, season four shares the humor that every previous season has given.
The show has moments that the viewer might find offensive, but if that kind of dark comedy is what you enjoy, then you’ll have a great time. The writing is so ridiculous yet confident that it’s oddly charming.
Despite the over-exaggerated style of the show, it’s actually quite relatable. Bojack has gone through a lot on and off screen, and the situations he’s put in all feel realistic in some way. Bojack is thrown into a lot of zany adventures, so when something serious happens on screen, it makes it feel much more real.
Overall, the fourth season of “Bojack Horseman” delivers the same quality as the first three seasons. Although it is listed as a comedy, “Bojack Horseman” delivers a good amount of drama that sucks the viewer in and manage to make them care about an alcoholic humanoid horse.