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Time's up for
BoJack Horseman's fifth season, and the time has come to make
a choice Time's up for BoJack Horseman's fifth season, and the time has come to make a choice

“There’s no such thing as bad guys and good guys! We’re all just guys! Who do good stuff, sometimes. And bad stuff, sometimes. And all we can do is try to do less bad stuff and more good stuff. But you’re never going to be good! Because you’re not bad! So you need to stop using that as an excuse.”

BoJack Horseman
tries to renew old relationships, and remembers life gets in the
way of that BoJack Horseman tries to renew old relationships, and remembers life gets in the way of that

Four-plus seasons in, the greatest strength of BoJack Horseman is the understanding of the way things do and do not change. On one hand (or hoof, paw, or pseudopod depending on who you’re talking to) is the long-standing ethos of the show that broken things stay broken, and that people don’t change without a lot of…

Four Halloween
parties on BoJack Horseman is exhausting a prospect as you'd
think Four Halloween parties on BoJack Horseman is exhausting a prospect as you'd think

Mr. Peanutbutter is a character who never does anything halfway. We know this about him, having seen countless examples of where his ruthless exuberance and game-for-anything attitude can take us. He’s completely comfortable with his low level of celebrity, willing to take on any project that’s willing to employ him,…

It's the adventures
of BoBo The Angsty Zebra as BoJack Horseman lightly
upends its storytelling framework It's the adventures of BoBo The Angsty Zebra as BoJack Horseman lightly upends its storytelling framework

Midway through “INT. SUB,” one character cuts off another’s narrative with a complaint: “I’m think I’m having a hard time following the story because of how weird you made the characters.” It’s the latest instance of BoJack Horseman going meta with an acknowledgment of its own oddness. The show is simultaneously…

BoJack Horseman
delivers a jaw-dropping eulogy and once again raises the bar for
concept episodes BoJack Horseman delivers a jaw-dropping eulogy and once again raises the bar for concept episodes

At this point in its life, BoJack Horseman’s tendency to experiment within the confines of television is well-established. To name only a few examples, there’s the big swing of “Fish Out Of Water,” the structural shuffling of “Stop The Presses” and “After The Party,” the futuristic fakeout of “Ruthie,” the drug and…

Princess Carolyn
learns you can't go home again as BoJack Horseman heads to the
Tar Heel State Princess Carolyn learns you can't go home again as BoJack Horseman heads to the Tar Heel State

“You know what ‘from’ means? It means you don’t have to be there anymore.”

It's time for
BoJack to get woke as Hollywoo's hypocrisy on “bad men” gets the
BoJack Horseman treatment It's time for BoJack to get woke as Hollywoo's hypocrisy on “bad men” gets the BoJack Horseman treatment

The question of whether or not BoJack Horseman is a good person hangs over the majority of the series that bears his name. On the surface, the answer feels like an easy no: he’s an egotistical asshole, he’s disrespectful of most everyone in his life, and incapable of focusing on the happiness of another person for too…

Go out on a date in
BoJack Horseman, where everything's funny until it's suddenly
not   Go out on a date in BoJack Horseman, where everything's funny until it's suddenly not  

Season five of BoJack Horseman sees the return of a long-absent and keenly missed member of the show’s universe. Not Vincent Adultman or Character Actress Margo Martindale, but Elefante, the high-class restaurant that BoJack purchased on a dare and has since run into the ground. It was the sight of many important…

Diane travels to
Vietnam as she—and BoJack Horseman—grapple with
questions about her identity Diane travels to Vietnam as she—and BoJack Horseman—grapple with questions about her identity

The gap between seasons of BoJack Horseman is typically a fallow period for news about the series—most interviews, reviews, and think pieces coming and going within two weeks of the season drop—but there was a particularly meaningful story that came out this past January. In an in-depth UPROXX interview (Disclaimer:…

BoJack
Horseman's back to work in season five, and he's uncomfortably
close to home BoJack Horseman's back to work in season five, and he's uncomfortably close to home

The lines between reality and fiction have always been shaky on BoJack Horseman. Beyond the obvious framework of being about show business, it’s a show with characters constantly grappling with the truth, dealing with the consequences of the lies they tell each other—and more frequently, the lies they tell themselves.…

The
Last Sharknado is the last flopping gasp of a series well past its sell-by date The Last Sharknado is the last flopping gasp of a series well past its sell-by date

Anyone who’s paid attention to the movies of 2018 is aware that we are living in a glorious age of bonkers cinema, premises that would be lucky to crack direct-to-video somehow getting opening weekends. As my friend Drave observed, it’s like we’re in the alternate timeline where all of the fake movie trailers are…

Silicon Valley
claims a majority share in a finale that plays to its strengths Silicon Valley claims a majority share in a finale that plays to its strengths

At the start of season five, I argued that Silicon Valley was staring at a lot of obstacles, thanks to a somewhat unmoored fourth season and associated real-world debacles. And now looking at the season as a whole, it’s been a mixed bag in terms of working around those roadblocks. T.J. Miller’s absence proved to be no…

Richard flips a bitcoin for his company's future on a solid Silicon Valley Richard flips a bitcoin for his company's future on a solid Silicon Valley

In my review of Silicon Valley’s fifth season premiere a few weeks ago, I argued that while the show continues to have issues in its advanced age, it’s still working off of a sturdy foundation with its talented cast and its perverse sense of humor. And as we approach the end of the season, that point has held up. Each…

In the world of
Silicon Valley, hope is in short supply In the world of Silicon Valley, hope is in short supply

The founders of Pied Piper have talked a big game about a brand new day this season—a new Internet free from unwanted ads and identity theft—but actual hope has been hard to come by. Their new employees nearly shattered the workplace with feuds over dogs and coffee. They’ve been targeted by unscrupulous executives and…

Facing the uncanny valley, Silicon Valley misses the chance to jump right in Facing the uncanny valley, Silicon Valley misses the chance to jump right in

For all HBO’s “It’s not TV” pride at being above its broadcast peers, this Sunday has a lot of hallmarks of those broadcasters’ love of themed programming. On the same night as the second season premiere of Westworld, a show that throws the evolution of robots back in the face of their creators, Silicon Valley is…

Silicon Valley
trips up Pied Piper with a literal God complex Silicon Valley trips up Pied Piper with a literal God complex

“You can be openly polyamorous and people will call you brave. You can put micro-doses of LSD in your cereal and people will call you a pioneer. But the one thing you cannot be is a Christian.”

Richard weighs transplanting Silicon Valley's most vital organs Richard weighs transplanting Silicon Valley's most vital organs

All the way back in the third episode of Silicon Valley, I made the observation that a central lesson to take from the show was the message “Look before you leap.” Multiple seasons later, that message hasn’t become any less relevant. Putting the “neg” in “negotiations,” spilling evidence of a conspiracy onto the…

Richard experiences
pains—growing and otherwise—as Silicon Valley settles into
its new digs Richard experiences pains—growing and otherwise—as Silicon Valley settles into its new digs

I may have come across as a bit harsh on Silicon Valley in my review of last week’s premiere, but I feel it’s important to clarify that my judgments come from a place of love. When this show is firing on all cylinders, it’s frequently one of the best comedies on television, and it bothers me when it comes across as…

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