Netflix’s BoJack Horseman was a huge success because of its clever blend of humor and heart. Listed below are ten other shows to check out if you enjoy these.
You can’t go wrong with Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” cartoon series. Despite being a horse, the titular character is one of the most human characters in television history. A show that can make you feel as well as laugh is rare, and that’s what makes BoJack so unique.
There’s no other show like it, but fans of its plot, animation styles, and characters may enjoy other shows that share some of the same characteristics. These 10 series will keep you entertained while you wait for the next season of BoJack Horseman.
Ben Sherlock made the following update on April 5th, 2020: Since we first published this list, the sixth and final season of BoJack Horseman has aired. Finally, the series came to a close with an honest assessment of the characters’ strengths and weaknesses. Even while it was a satisfying conclusion for all of the characters, there was still a lingering want for more. For that reason, we’ve updated this list with a few fresh additions.
1. Tuca & Bertie
BoJack Horseman’s production designer Lisa Hanawalt inspired Tuca & Bertie, which takes place in a future where animals have taken on human characteristics.
A pair of 30-year-old birds starring Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish are joined by The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun and Nicole Byer in the film’s supporting cast. Netflix canceled this series after just one season, but you can still watch the entire season.
2. The Office
In six seasons, BoJack Horseman attempted to overcome his weaknesses and become a better person. When it comes to that, he’s a lot like Scranton branch manager Michael Scott in The Office, a popular mockumentary series.
Unlike BoJack, Michael’s relationships with his coworkers (Dwight, Pam, Jan, etc.) are meaningful, if tumultuous, and like BoJack his flaws make him vulnerable. In spite of certain blunders in the first season, Michael became a profoundly likable character in the later seasons.
Wilfred, like BoJack, has a dark sense of humor and a fondness for animal-related puns. Ryan, a suicidal ex-lawyer with depression, is played by Elijah Wood, while Jason Gann, dressed as a dog, plays Ryan’s neighbor’s dog.
As a result, the show had a loyal following that kept it on the air for four seasons even though the numbers were usually abysmal.
Fleabag, starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, has emerged as one of British television’s most under-the-radar successes in recent years. Waller-Bridge is both the show’s creator and star. A horse-like character, Fleabag is forced to confront her worst demons because of the circumstances in which she finds herself.
This is a fast-paced binge that can be completed in an afternoon, and there’s a lot to see in each of the six episodes that make up the two seasons.
5. 30 Rock
If you enjoy BoJack Horseman for its satirical parody of the Hollywood entertainment industry and its frequent bursts of laughter, you’ll enjoy 30 Rock just as much.
Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), the chief writer of an NBC comedy variety program, is pitted against Jack Donaghy (Alec Baldwin), General Electric’s chauvinistic Vice President of East Coast Television and Microwave Oven Programming, in 30 Rock.
What makes BoJack Horseman amazing is simply a small part of what makes Ricky Gervais’ follow-up to The Office so fantastic. Extras is a sitcom about a pair of struggling actors who are trying to be seen in the background of film productions….
Several prominent names appear in each episode, each playing a ridiculously exaggerated version of themselves. There is a song written about Gervais’ character called “Little Fat Man” by David Bowie and a screenplay full of nudity written by Patrick Stewart. BoJack’s funniest Hollywood (or Hollywoo) moments are all condensed into one.
H. Jon Benjamin’s character Sterling Archer, the gentleman spy played by H. Jon Benjamin in this James Bond spoof on FXX, shares BoJack Horseman’s acerbic wit and ice-cold demeanor. “The acerbic manner of Archer was particularly on my mind when I was originally making BoJack – probably too much!” reveals BoJack creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg.
Every year, Archer has given its characters parts in a parody of a different genre in an anthology series structure, but it’s still as sharp and amusing as ever.
Flaked is another Will Arnett-led Netflix comedy series. In this live-action series, the self-help guru shares many similarities to Arnett’s animated character. For the most part, the joke is on the character’s life, which is even worse than his clients’.
Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development, serves as an executive producer on the show. Flaked is a quick and easy watch with only 14 episodes over the course of two seasons. The show didn’t get a lot of love from the reviewers, but it’s still enjoyable enough.
9. Curb Your Enthusiasm
Both Curb Your Enthusiasm and BoJack Horseman, with the exception of the talking animals, have a similar premise. A rich Hollywood socialite who worked on a famous sitcom in the ’90s now spends his days making people loathe him around Los Angeles is the subject of both films.
Curb and BoJack have a similar satirical goal, so the two shows’ subject matter and humor are similar, despite the fact that BoJack has a lot more drama and a genuine interest in its characters. Curb Your Enthusiasm will satisfy BoJack enthusiasts even if you don’t feel the same way.
In Daria, an animated sitcom about ’90s pop culture, the show serves as both a character study and a snapshot of the decade’s youth. During high school, a Generation X girl is always squinting her eyes. That show’s sentimentality and schmaltz is turned on its head in this satirical response to shows like Dawson’s Creek and Beverly Hills 90210.
To paraphrase creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, “It did a wonderful job of showing that smart people aren’t always correct and stupid people aren’t necessarily terrible,” when discussing the inspiration for his show, BoJack Horseman.
To get over his writer’s block, David Duchovny, in this half-hour dramedy series, journeys from New York to California. There are many things about him that you don’t like about him: He’s an alcohol and drugs abuser, an entitled celebrity and a womanizer, a heavy drinker and drug addict. Does this sound familiar to you?
It’s not quite as relatable as BoJack, but it’s a lot of fun and the characters share a lot of similarities. The series aired for seven seasons from 2007 to 2014, resulting in a total of 84 episodes, so fans who like to binge new shows will have plenty to consider.
12. South Park
Political satire is a staple of many of BoJack Horseman’s best episodes. Hank After Dark from Season 2 is known as “the Cosby episode,” “Thoughts and Prayers” from Season 4 is about gun control, and “#MeToo” is the theme of the entire fifth season.
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It’s not that South Park doesn’t do this well; it’s just that they do it on the hour. Only South Park satires current events as soon as they happen, unlike most animated series, which skewer current events six months after they occur.
13. Final Space
Final Space is a TBS animated sci-fi comedy series about an astronaut named Gary who encounters Mooncake, an enormously powerful alien that a slew of baddies are after.. The show offers a great balance of comedy and drama, with likable characters.
You won’t laugh all the time, but you’ll feel the heartbreak and angst in these times of poignancy and drama. Some scenes will move you to tears, while others will crush your heart. Fans of BoJack Horseman should not miss the upcoming second season of Final Space.
14. F Is For Family
This animated Netflix original comedy, like BoJack Horseman, has characters that feel like real people, humor that never fail to land, and situations that get a little too close to home. Is a sitcom about an all-American nuclear family in 1970s America created by standup comic Bill Burr and ex-Simpsons writer Michael Price.
By serializing the show’s story arc, it may take situations like those on The Simpsons and Family Guy and give them real-world implications. With three seasons out and a fourth on the way, it’s a fantastic show.
15. Rick And Morty
A cartoon that has moments of mind-boggling lunacy, like BoJack Horseman’s, but also times that humanize its characters in a brutally honest way, like Rick and Morty, is the answer. In terms of plot and character development, Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s dimension-hopping sci-fi comedy sitcom is practically unrivaled.
As a cliché is established and eventually disassembled, each character is reconstructed and put back together. In Rick and Morty, the humor is more improvised and coarse, but the show as a whole has the same sense of silliness and humanity.