Seriously. I mean, read this first, but then proceed directly to Netflix.
- The theme music. It’s the kind of tune you immediately google, only to find it was written by one of the Black Keys, thus explaining its awesomeness. You then make it the soundtrack to your next cocktail party, or just stick it on to feel cool while you eat Cheetos in your PJ’s, depending how you roll. The song at the closing credits is also incredible; a little something to ease the pain of another great episode being over.
- Half of the characters are animals. Or more like 25%, since half the characters are half animal; from the neck down they seem fairly human shaped. It’s a fairly blended society, none of that segregated Sylvanian Families bollocks, so you get to see horses make out with owls and dogs marry humans. Although animals still need their own TV awards shows; multispeciesism can only do so much.
- The core of the story has genuine emotional depth. Bojack is a lonely, washed-up has-been with a shedload of baggage. He drinks too much, does too many drugs and sabotages himself at every opportunity. But it can’t get too depressing, because he’s a humanoid horse, who chomps prescription painkillers off his coffee table like sugar cubes and snorts when he’s frustrated.
- It’s got all your favourite people in it. Will Arnett is on his finest form since Arrested Development – if he promises never to make another sitcom about parenting, all is forgiven. Community’s Alison Brie is his biographer/love interest, and Jesse Pinkman Aaron Paul is unsurprisingly excellent as the hapless sidekick. Add in plenty of well-known guest stars, and you get a free game of ‘Who’s that voice?’ with every episode.
- It’s just surreal enough. BJH is never afraid to get weird, but it’s not going to go full The Mighty Boosh on you with no warning.* Sure, Bojack’s agent/ex-girlfriend is dating a guy who is actually three kids in a trench coat. And she’s a cat. But this is Hollywood – that’s not the strangest thing that’s happened there this week. In this alternate version, the paparazzi are still hiding in trees and flying over mansions for aerial shots, but it makes way more sense when they’re pigeons.
- Daniel Radcliffe guest stars in Season 2. As befits a man who was a millionaire before he grew pubes, D-Rad doesn’t waste time on bog standard comedy cameos. His prophylactic wielding turn in Ricky Gervais’ Extras is the stuff of legend, but he’s also lent his voice to The Simpsons, Robot Chicken…and now BoJack. Harry Potter knows his comedy, and he only makes time for the best.
- The sooner you finish binge-watching the first two seasons, the sooner you can start re-watching from the beginning again, and spotting all those little jokes you missed the first time around. Be sure to laugh extra loudly and point them out to your significant other/forum buddies/beloved family pet.
*If you haven’t seen The Mighty Boosh…wow, look, this is a tough one. It’s not that you’re a bad person per se, it’s just…I mean, maybe you just hate funny things? Maybe you just don’t love yourself enough to seek out genuinely exceptional comic material? Take a good, hard look in the mirror, get your priorities straight, and you can come back on the internet when you’ve finished the box set.