BOJACK HORSEMANOn a whim, I decided to check out Netflix latest entry into original content. Oh my god!! BOJACK HORSEMAN may be one of the most cleverly brilliant shows around. The premise is a 1990’s sitcom star is living off his laurels and residuals while drinking to forget. But it’s so much more nuanced than that. It’s animated, which allows the writers greater freedom. it’s populated with people and anthropomorphic animals. But, that doesn’t really describe how the creators use that conceit. Bojack is a horse. Voiced by Will Arnett, he is the eponymous star of this comedy. His agent (and on again/off again) girlfriend is a cat named Princess Caroline. A guy named Todd (Aaron Paul) is living on his sofa. His “nemesis” is Mr. Peanutbutter, a dog voiced by Paul F. Tompkins. He is writing a memoir with the help of Diane, his ghostwriter (Alison Brie) who is also dating Mr. Peanutbutter. Yeah, it sounds ridiculous. At times it is. But it’s also very smart. It’s a not so subtly veiled shot at the Hollywood culture, a commentary on relationships and the fleeting nature of stardom. Yeah, House of Cards is brilliant. So that’s one reason to subscribe to Netflix streaming. Orange is the New Black is good fun. But BOJACK HORSEMAN may be the guilty pleasure that makes a subscription worth it all. — Alan Yudman

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