This was quite a fun one to write. Some of you may be wondering how I came across Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s description of BoJack Horseman Season 5. To start, I want to say that I’ve never seen the show, and I realise I would probably like it if I saw it. As a result, I didn’t ask for screeners when the Netflix publicist sent out an email for screener requests. I know that this is a show many people (including friends) love dearly, so I couldn’t not include it, but I’d never seen it, so how could I describe it? So, I went through my emails for a press release, found that same screener request email, and Raphael Bob-Waksberg had written a description about some stuff that BoJack’s going through, but the main thing that happens is Diane gets a haircut. It was perfect, and everybody needed to see it, so I put it in, and I’m going to put it in here as a quote again.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg, creator of BoJack Horseman: All right, season five of BoJack Horseman, here we go. Has it really been five seasons? Where does the time go, huh? Anyway, this season finds BoJackstarring in a new TV show called Philbert, playing a character with disturbing parallels to BoJack’s real life, echoes that force BoJack to confront himself and his past in ways large and small, but the main thing that happens this season is Diane gets a haircut. We spent a lot of time figuring out the haircut — the style, the volume, the bounce, the sheen — and we’re really proud of the way it came out. We really think people are going to like this new season, and Diane’s new haircut!
It’s just a couple of sentences, but it there’s so much happening: it teases the show without spoiling it – BoJack gets a new job that makes him examine his decisions, Diane gets a haircut – each of these won’t be the only thing that happens to these characters during the season, and they’re not the only characters in the show. What’s happening to BoJack may seem more important to viewers than Diane’s haircut – and at first you think that’s the joke – but this is an animated show, so it’s not as simple as giving an actor a haircut. The artists needed to come up with a hairstyle that worked, which then became the new design for that character – in every frame she’s on screen. Bob-Waksberg writes all of this as if it was a joke, but everything about the haircut process is probably true. It’s funny, a character confronts his emotions, and there’s a lot more happening than you think. It’s what everyone has told me is so great about BoJack Horseman, and this short description is what has convinced me to watch the show (I’ll admit that the silent episode came close), because it’s a perfect piece of writing.
- I don’t usually do this for streaming guide posts, but I am today. Unfortunately highlighting BoJack meant that I didn’t have room for American Vandal, another show I haven’t watched but would probably love.
- I chose the least spoiler-y still I could find on the Netflix PR site. Unless there’s some significance to lightbulbs of which I am unaware. It doesn’t matter, the season has dropped! Go and watch it.
- I’ve watched half of a season of American Horror Story (Roanoke, for those of you who are interested), and it’s not necessarily my thing. If it hadn’t been for my new obsession with a paragraph of writing, I might have said more about Ryan Murphy, anthology series and what his move to Netflix means.
- Currently watching: Schitt’s Creek (just finished season 3), The Great British Bake Off (series 8), probably something else I’ve forgotten.