BoJack’s back, jack! The fellas are off this week, but here’s what they thought of BoJack the first time around. Plus Transparent! Please enjoy this rebroadcast of an earlier episode.
Boy do we have one heck of a podcast for you! You may or may not have heard that Netflix and Amazon have thrown their hats into the ring. And by hats I mean “lots and lots of money”. And by ring I mean “the creation of serialized dramas and comedies sometimes referred to as television shows”. I’m happy to report that after sampling a few of their attempts from 2014 we’re quite pleased with the result. That’s right, this week we’re discussing Transparent and BoJack Horseman.
Transparent (2014) is a show about an older man who is transitioning into becoming a woman. That’s sort of the set up, but really the entire show is about identity and social categorization and labeling. Much of the first season focuses on his transition and on his difficulty in sharing this information with his children, who are, to put it mildly, not the most receptive and understanding people in the world. It’s a truly beautiful show in both its aesthetics and it’s content. And it features some amazing performances by the cast (especially Jeffrey Tambor in the lead).
BoJack Horseman (2014) is an animated show that follows the eponymous (pony-mous?) BoJack Horseman, a sort of horse-person who was once an actor on a long-running family television sitcom in the 1990’s. It’s at once a biting satire of 90’s and 2000’s pop-culture and also an incredibly accurate portrayal of a person suffering from clinical depression. It is very well-written, sharp, and rewards repeat and astute viewers. It also has a ton of great voice talent including Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Paul F. Tompkins, Allison Brie, and Patton Oswald.
Transparent is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime and BoJack the Horseman is currently available for streaming on Netflix.