10 Depressing Truths Bojack Horseman Will Teach You

Back in the 2010s I learned a lesson from a depressing TV show!

Bojack Horseman

Bojack Horseman is a show that challenges the concept of looking at things from face value. This is reflected in many aspects of the series. The most notable is the juxtaposition between the style and content. For a comedy show that uses anthropomorphic characters to deliver hilarious puns and silly jokes, it deals with some depressing and complicated issues. Further from this, nothing can be seen as how it is presented. Characters appear a certain way but have a depth behind them that challenges the way you first perceive them.

Thanks to this attention to detail and deliverance of profound concepts, there is a lot to be learned from this comedy show. The life lessons that it teaches you sometimes appear subtley and other times overwhelmingly obvious. But it never fails in its message, and that is impressive.

Ultimately the title doesn't shy away from dropping truth bombs that aren't easy to hear. The process of self-improvement requires a lot of sacrifices, and this is something that the show makes evident through the continually evolving state of Bojack himself.

If being a better person was easy, then everyone would do it. Bojack is a protagonist that is frustratingly flawed and human, despite his long face.

10. You Will Never Really Stop Loving Someone

Bojack Horseman

There is a narrative taught to us that once a relationship is over, you need to move on from it to progress with your life positively. Dwelling on a past fling no matter how serious or minute will impact the rest of your dating life and possibly existence in general. But Bojack makes a point in its finale of highlighting how escaping from the feelings you have for people isn't an entirely believable goal.

The dynamic between Princess Caroline and Bojack has flickered between amicable and disdainful on so many occasions. But it is made clear very early on that their feelings for each other are almost exclusively platonic after their break-up. However, in their final scene of the show, they talk and dance, and it becomes clear that despite everything, there is still a romantic love shared between them, even if its only a little.

No matter what you do, you will never truly stop loving someone. It doesn't matter what happens, if you spent meaningful time with a person, then that love will always stay with you because it isn't a memory that you can erase.

It is a beautiful but haunting realisation that "moving on" never really happens.


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