By Ashley Jones

This article contains minor spoilers for “Bojack Horseman”.

Back in the ‘90s, he was in a very famous TV show. He’s Bojack the horse, and don’t act like you don’t know.

If these words carry any meaning to you, then you are well aware of the dilemma our favorite horse gets into on a day-to-day basis. If you are unfamiliar with Bojack Horseman’s sad journey through washed-up stardom, then allow me to enlighten you.

“Bojack Horseman” is a hilarious Netflix original comedy surrounding an animated horse who lives in a universe where animals coexist with humans. Bojack is constantly dealing with the issues of his past fame, as most of his life revolves around his lead role in the ‘90s sitcom “Horsin’ Around”.

The Netflix show is a raunchy comedy that calls out society on its conformist mistakes in Hollywood (or Hollywoo), the media and social behavior. The dichotomy between comedy and serious issues in the United States is what makes “Bojack Horseman” such an amazing show. On first sight, the show appears to have no intention of educating its viewers. The jokes are entertaining to the fullest, and, even better, it manages to enlighten viewers by sneaking its thoughtful messages under their noses.

For example, the new fourth season of “Bojack Horseman” took some hard shots at the media. While Mr. Peanutbutter is running for governor in the premiere, he challenges the incumbent to a ski race. In the coverage of the race, the reporters bitingly say, “For the sake of fairness, we brought in two experts with opposite opinions who will now have equal time to just say those opinions because that’s what news is.” This commentary on news media is just one example of real-life issues addressed amongst the comedy’s wacky jokes.

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In addition to this, the new season of “Bojack Horseman” deals with miscarriages, feminism, mass shootings, political elections involving unfit candidates, fracking, family deaths, and, most important of all, Bojack meeting his 17-year-old daughter for the first time. 

One may think that dealing with such heavy subject matter would depress the viewers. However, in my opinion, “Bojack Horseman” attaches a light-hearted tone to situations that most people take too seriously. I sense that the show’s purpose is to slowly heal the world’s pain through humor. Of course, that’s if you define humor as squeezing lemons into the wounds of society.

The fourth season starts without a single image of Bojack in the premiere. Episode one focuses on Mr. Peanutbutter, episode two focuses on Bojack, and episode 3 focuses on Todd. It was strange to have a premiere episode without the main character, but in the end, I liked the decision to give each character their own episode to shine.

After the first three episodes, the season’s main premise becomes clear: Bojack needs to help locate his newfound biological daughter’s mother. Will they be victorious in their search? Or will Bojack have to prove himself as enough for his daughter? I will leave that up to you to find out.

Check out the fourth season of “Bojack Horseman” on Netflix now!

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