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Hardly any series lives the motif of the second chance as much as BoJack Horseman. This applies to the common thread of the series, in which the protagonist BoJack sneaks one second chance after the other, but it also goes beyond that: BoJack Horseman is a series that you can only really learn to love with a second chance. As the problem child of the series, season 1 still relied too much on silly slapstick with no real bite and felt without a real plan for the future. The strengths of the series lie elsewhere: foolishness about the hollywoo (no, no d is missing), which is animated by anthropomorphic animals and humans alike, is a framework for a differentiated analysis of hubris-fed depression. The strength of BoJack Horseman are the rousing, multi-layered characters. A bit like Californication, but without any loss of quality.

In season 2 at the latest, the creative team around Raphael Bob-Waksberg (Undone) grooved itself to these strengths and developed a subject that was always tangible, around which the series was allowed to develop. BoJack Horseman is something of a para example for a series without unnecessary fat. Each season builds on each other in terms of quality. Season 6 is the final season of the series. And whether this was wanted by the creators or forced by Netflix, it fits the fat-free approach of the show. The figures are too important to those responsible for the cow to be milked to the point of vomiting. This shows a real connection to the series: everyone is interested in bringing the story of the alcoholic horse BoJack (Will Arnett - Show Dogs) to a sensible end. And yes, the project was a success.

With a total of 16 episodes, season 6 is the longest season of the series. And they are necessary, as the season not only includes BoJack's visit to the rehab clinic, but also takes each of the excellently voiced characters an important step forward and ultimately towards their personal conclusion. Like the previous seasons, season 6 deals with the sometimes extremely depressing topics such as depression, drug use or pathological narcissism, but always deals with them in a clear and sensitive manner. Are there any personal experiences here? As subtly and organically as the characters' problems develop, as often as characters are allowed to fall into old patterns, as much as the series celebrates the motif of repetition without signs of fatigue, the emotions discussed here appear real to the viewer. And yes, BoJack Horseman discusses these emotions, but is not interested in a final solution because simply no solution exists. This also makes the viewer think, gives the series an incredibly rounded feeling, but could also disappoint some viewers.

The humor of the series also contributes to the round impression. Yes, also season 6 of BoJack Horseman is in many scenes very silly again. That tone never collides with the serious aspects of the series. Much better still: it gives the show a unique selling point. This is certainly not everyone's beer, but nobody here wants to curry favor. Whether you find the loud, colorful craziness of the world funny or annoying, they always fit organically into the created world of Hollywoos.

After the two excellent previous seasons, the makers are still going back a few gears. This applies above all to the creative narrative patterns of individual episodes, which provided a lot of ease in the previous seasons. They showed themselves to be keen to experiment BoJack Horseman always, entire episodes were shown from different or idiosyncratic perspectives. But in order to bring the season to a round end, the characters are now the focus.

That does not mean that season 6 is not staged very imaginatively, but the new episodes are much quieter than usual. In this sense, the end is almost anti-climactic, leaves out all the wild drama and the characters simply talk to each other. In the end, nothing really is “over”, just everything a little more prudent than before. The eternal search for happiness and catharsis gets lost in the never-ending flow of life, whoever searches for constant meaning and a real climax remains hopeless. “Everyone is the maker of their own happiness” may sound clichéd, but in the context of the series it is totally touching. On that note: take care, old horse! We will miss you.

Conclusion 

Season 6 of BoJack Horseman will not completely satisfy every fan. There would have been enough material for another season without any problems. The creative desire to stage and the constant drama give way to long, calm discussions about happiness and shame. In the end, the finale and the last episodes fit seamlessly into the tone of the series. You stay true to yourself - until the end. And that's more than can be said for many series of this type.