Netflix’s new animated comedy “BoJack Horseman” seems like it was made in a lab for someone just like me.

The adult-oriented cartoon stars “Arrested Development’s” Will Arnett as the titular character, a talking horse who’s a washed-up sitcom star, and “Breaking Bad’s” Aaron Paul as his slacker human roommate. Added to the mix is Alison Brie as a human writer, comedian Paul F. Tompkins as BoJack’s dog-actor rival, Amy Sedaris as a cat named Princess Carolyn and Patton Oswalt as a penguin (who works for Penguin Books).

So, on Tuesday, after several days spent watching the Every “Simpsons” Ever marathon on FXX, I checked out “BoJack.” After one episode, I was ready to go back to Springfield.

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The premise is clever: BoJack starred in the sitcom “Horsin’ Around,” in which he raised three children, and is now struggling to write his memoir. But the jokes are lazy and too focused on mocking Hollywood (like when BoJack complains about finding parking in an L.A. neighborhood.)

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Worse, Arnett and Paul are voicing character types they’ve played before. BoJack is an absent-minded narcissist of the Gob Bluth variety and Paul’s Todd, who has history with a Mexican drug cartel, might as well be Jesse Pinkman after he left New Mexico. Shouldn’t a cartoon be the one place we don’t have to worry about typecasting?

Netflix has already renewed “BoJack” for a second season; maybe it gets funnier. For now, I’ll keep re-watching “The Simpsons.”

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