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February 21, 2016 | by  | in Arts TV |
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Bojack Horseman

★★★★

Bojack Horseman is a satirical Hollywood themed show based on the life of of a six foot four, chain smoking, sarcastic, binge drinking horse. This animated Netflix series is not your typical sitcom. If you are looking for cheap laughs you will get them, but this series offers a lot more than that. Featuring a star studded cast including Breaking Bad alumnus Aaron Paul, and guest stars such as Daniel Radcliffe and Ricky Gervais, as well as one of the best soundtracks from a TV series in recent years, this is the perfect show for any Vic Uni student to vape to.

I like to think of this show as a grown up version of South Park. Season Two builds on the success of the first season, and deals with some pretty serious shit. A burnt out former TV star from the 90s battles with alcoholism, drug addiction, and childhood trauma. It’s not a show everybody can enjoy, and the main character isn’t exactly likeable. Some may not appreciate the self-deprecating humour. If you have seen the movie Bad Santa and relate to the main character, you will definitely enjoy this show. It is a dark, cynical type of humour, which in my opinion offers more than other popular animated shows of this kind.

The theme song and it’s variations, composed by Grouplove, is some of the best music to come out of a TV show in the last couple of years. There are musical cameos from artists such as Courtney Barnett, whose song Avant Gardner appears at a crucial point in the show—I won’t spoil it, but the way it’s done is pretty brilliant. The show has been renewed for a third season, and is well worth checking out when it arrives on Netflix later this year.

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