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BoJack Horseman - The Epitome of Depression

Dragos Geicu, XI E

Bojack Horseman, the Netflix original show first aired its pilot episode “BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter 1” on August 22, 2014, and its last episode “Nice While It Lasted” on January 31, 2020, concluding the 6 seasons of the show.

BoJack Horseman is of course, a talking horse who in the 90s was in a very famous TV show titled “Horsin’ Around” that kick-started his career as an actor and a celebrity. Now, two decades after the show’s final episode, we find an older and much wiser BoJack, who is also an alcoholic, drug addict and depressed by how the latest events in his life cannot make him happy anymore.

BoJack is surrounded by loving people, such as Mr. Peanutbutter, a yellow labrador who is always cheerful and happy to spend time with BoJack, Princess Carolyn who is a purple cat, BoJack’s agent and his ex, Todd, an odd but funny guy who fell asleep on BoJack’s couch during one of his parties and now just lives with BoJack and Diane, Mr. Peanutbutter’s wife that becomes BoJack’s ghost-writer for his book. Having loads of money, being famous and having more girlfriends across all 6 seasons doesn’t help, as BoJack simply cannot find his happiness. He believes that every time he tries to do something nice for his friends, he just simply cannot understand how other people are happy and he isn’t.

Falling back to old habits, every time BoJack promises to himself that he will do better and try harder to be good, he causes chaos and fury wherever he goes because he cannot control himself. Anybody may ask, what is causing all this? The answer is… trauma. BoJack’s parents didn’t love each other and neither of them loved their child, or so it seems from BoJack’s perspective. Either way, BoJack tries filling up that hole inside him with distractions, parties and fake personas just to feel happiness.

Across all 6 seasons, BoJack tries to fill up the hole inside him just to feel true happiness. Overall, BoJack Horseman is a show about human emotion, depression being presented through every character and serves as a general theme for the show. While this show might seem a downer at first glance, I assure you that it is a wonderful show for those who want to gain a deeper insight into emotions and understand the struggles of life.

“One day, you’re gonna look around and you’re going to realize that everybody loves you, but nobody likes you. And that is the loneliest feeling in the world.” – BoJack Horseman

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