BOJACK HORSE­MAN: SEA­SON 5

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(mul­ti­ple di­rec­tors) con­tin­ues to use the ex­is­ten­tial angst of its short­tem­pered, he­do­nis­tic pro­tag­o­nist (voiced by a world-weary Will Ar­nett) to mock the shal­low Hol­ly­wood life­style, but also to in­ves­ti­gate de­pres­sion and en­nui through the fil­ter of car­toon an­i­mals. The new sea­son finds cre­ator Raphael Bob-Waks­berg growing even more dar­ing, break­ing the show’s for­mat in mul­ti­ple episodes and dou­bling down on rel­e­vance. Last sea­son’s Thoughts And Prayers episode ex­co­ri­ated Amer­i­can politi­cians’ all-pur­pose re­sponse to mass shoot­ings. This year, the show de­liv­ers an episode about an ac­tor (a glee­fully aw­ful Bobby Can­navale) trying use BoJack’s show to stage a come­back af­ter a se­ries of racist and sex­ist out­bursts. Peo­ple say they’ll change, but they don’t. We are who we are, and we al­ways will be. BoJack Horse­man, the show, knows this in its bones; BoJack Horse­man, the char­ac­ter, is just be­gin­ning to un­der­stand. Just watch it. Trust me. There’s noth­ing else like it. All 12 episodes stream­ing on Net­flix Fri­day (Septem­ber 14). nnnnn (Nor­man Wilner)

Will Ar­nett and Amy Sedaris horse around in BoJack Horse­man’s bril­liant fifth sea­son.

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