What'd you think of Bojack Horseman? I thought it started out really uneven but was really brilliant by the end.
Yes, exactly. It takes time to get going, but by the second half of the season it shows a remarkable range of humor and heart. A few days ago on Twitter I likened it to Scrubs, Parks and Rec or The Simpsons, where it makes you think, “Have I been watching a drama this whole time?” Few animated comedies can do that. The characters also get more likable and funnier as you watch. Especially Paul F Tompkin’s Mr. Peanut Butter.
Mostly though, I was taken aback by the serialized storytelling. I couldn’t even think of a recent adult animated series that tells long-game stories like ‘Bojack.’ (There probably are some I’m forgetting or haven’t seen, so if you know of any sound off in the replies.) The deep callbacks, payoffs and subversions of payoffs really take it to the next level — and work even better because of Netflix’s release model.
Update: Archer, Venture Bros. and even Clone High all incorporate elements of serialization. Point is, it’s rare in animation.
Red Band Society did 4 million viewers and “an anemic” 1.3 rating in adults 18-49. ’Mysteries of Laura’ on NBC on the other hand, “had a healthy 10.4 million viewers and a 2.1 rating,” benefitting greatly from it’s ‘America’s Got Talent’ lead in. We’ll see how well it does when it moves to 8 pm.
“You’re the Worst’s charming combination of witty banter, anti-social rants, and idiosyncratic pop-culture diatribes is a key component to its success, but what makes this series truly unique is the way it deftly balances its acerbic edge with a stealthy optimistic soul. Gretchen and Jimmy are damaged not shattered. Bent not broken. Both characters, despite their plethora of interpersonal maladies, are battling against their own jaded nature in an attempt to make this relationship work. Love, in the absolute best and worst way possible, is both messy and absurd. YTW doesn’t inauthentically celebrate this notion as much as it realistically embraces it.”—
“The first thing that you have to understand about Rafi is that he’s not just horrible. Jason Mantzoukas also imbues him with a bizarre kind of innocence. He honestly believes that the guys on The League are his best friends. His earnest desire to be one of the guys is one of the reasons he so winsome. He’s just trying to fit in guys! But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and it’s crystal clear that Rafi already has one foot in the fiery Inferno.”—
This week only you can get 9 classic Marilyn films for 83% off the $199.99 list price. The set includes Bus Stop, Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire, River of No Return, There’s No Business Like Show Business, The Seven Year Itch, Some Like it Hot and The Misfits. That’s under $4 a movie.