As a columnist, I get paid to have opinions. And 99 percent of the time, I stand by those opinions.
That other 1 percent? Let’s call it my margin of error.
Which brings me to an admission. Last summer, I wrote a column about Netflix’s “Bojack Horseman” that dismissed the animated series as “lazy” and not particularly funny after watching the first episode.
I was wrong. Very wrong.
In December, I caught the flu and wanted something to watch between the aches, pains and naps. Netflix had just released a new “Bojack Horseman” holiday special that was getting good reviews. So, in my flu-ridden state, I decided to give the series another chance. After an afternoon of binging on “Bojack” and cold medicine, I was hooked.
Once I recovered, I kept watching — and “Bojack” only got more brilliant.
The series, which returns with 12 new episodes on Friday, follows Bojack Horseman (Will Arnett), a depressed, alcoholic, washed-up sitcom star who is working on a memoir that he sees as his chance at a comeback. And as his name suggests, Bojack is both horse and man. The “Bojack” universe is populated by humans and anthropomorphic animals, along with celebrities real and fake (Paul F. Tompkins is particularly great as Bojack’s rival, a dog actor named Mr. Peanut Butter; character actor Margo Martindale also has a delightful recurring role as herself).
Sure, the series is a goofy, silly cartoon about an actor trying to make a comeback, but it’s also an incredibly dark and surprisingly nuanced meditation on depression, fame, family and friendship.
So watch “Bojack Horseman” — this time I promise you won’t regret it.
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