BoJack Horseman: a journey through depression

Do not mistake this series for a normal comedy show. I’m watching BoJack Horseman on Netflix (I’m about to start the last season) and it’s grabbing me in a way I didn’t expect.

This show is entertaining, dramatic, sad and more real than most TV series. It’s about BoJack Horseman, a Hollywood actor that was in a famous TV show in the 90s, and that after 20 years is still living in the shadow of his past success, without being able to accomplish anything else.


BoJack is the protagonist, but he’s no hero. He’s an alcoholic with no respect for anything or anybody – himself included. He spends his days drinking and being mean to the other characters around him, that actually see the good in him and love him despite him being a total dick. He alternates moments of fake happiness and stability with periods of deep depression and self-loathing. He’s a complex character that carries the consequences of having had a terrible childhood because of his parents; BoJack never knew love as a child, and he was never able to recognize it or understand it as an adult. His inability to understand feelings makes him do one mistake after the other, hurting himself and the people around him.

And we, as the audience, look at him as he self-sabotage and slowly falls deeper and deeper into depression. It’s sad and frustrating to look at him forcing himself to go through his days, wondering what happiness is and if he’ll ever find it, and when he gets close to it, ruining it.

The life of the rich and the famous

The show also tells the saddest reality of the “life of the rich and the famous”: child prodigies getting distroyed by the show business; stars so bored and depressed they’d spend most of their lives doing drugs; directors and TV producers using those actors like tools for their next projects.

This is all very real and it’s a good reminder that people on TV are actually people.


Being dragged in BoJack’s everyday life, we experience with him his mistakes, his rare successes and his failures. No matter how many people I talked with, everybody who saw this show at some point got to an episode, a quote or a situation that touched something inside them and “shocked” them, somehow.

This show is a must-see, a great source for introspection and inspiration.

After I almost drowned, I decided I would never again be weaker than water, so I became a lifeguard. On my first day of training, my instructor told me that there are going to be times when you’ll see someone in trouble. You’re going to want to rush in there and do whatever you can to save them, but you have to stop yourself. Because there are some people you can’t save. Cause those people will thrash and struggle, and try to take you down with them.

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