It’s a cartoon about a horse who is also half man with a ridiculously catchy title sequence theme. He was famous in the ’90s and now he is a washed up loser living in LA, trying to claw back some self-respect. It’s hilarious, it’s absurd and it’s quite frankly, really depressing. Still, it has some important life lessons we can all relate to.
1. Falling in love can be dangerously naive.
“When you look at someone with rose-colored glasses… all the red flags just look like flags.” -Wanda.
2. A “nice guy” is not the same thing as a “good guy.”
“That’s exactly the problem. Because he’s so nice, people don’t want to think he’s capable of awful things so they let him off the hook.” -Dianne.
3. Neglecting your own self-care and substituting with others doesn’t work.
“I compulsively take care of people when I don’t know how to take care of myself.”
4. Feeling bad is not good enough.
“You can’t keep doing this! You can’t keep doing s****y things and feel bad about yourself like that makes it okay! You need to be better!” -Todd.
5. In spite of it all, you have to keep trying.
“Every day it gets a little easier. But you got to do it every day. That’s the hard part. But it does get easier.” -Passing wise running monkey?
Bojack Horseman has been an emotional roller-coaster, but at least we can take some sound advice from the frustration of watching the characters make the same mistakes each season.