BoJack Horseman, Netflix’s first original animated comedy series, is also one of the streaming service’s most popular shows. It’s a cartoon about a talking horse who is more human than most of the other characters on television. The supporting cast is filled with characters who are equally lovable and equally damaged.
Somehow, BoJack Horseman manages to keep topping itself. It’ll do a perfect season and then the following year, by some miracle, it’ll do a season that is even more perfect and sets a new benchmark. Over the years, there have been a ton of lines that have made fans laugh, cry, gasp – every response you can get out of an audience. Here are the 10 Best Quotes From BoJack Horseman.
10 “I feel like my life is just a series of unrelated wacky adventures.”
BoJack Horseman doesn’t get meta too often, because it’s too existential and involving to be able to afford to take you out of it like that. However, this line from the title character of the show is a little meta: “I feel like my life is just a series of unrelated wacky adventures.”
Most animated characters’ lives are “just a series of unrelated wacky adventures,” but BoJack’s life goes deeper than that. BoJack Horseman has a serialized narrative, and unlike other cartoon characters such as Peter Griffin and Eric Cartman, BoJack has evolved and developed and matured over the years.
9 “Because he’s so nice, people don’t want to think he’s capable of awful things, so they let him off the hook.”
The BoJack Horseman episode about sexual assault allegations levied against fictional celebrity Hank Hippopopalous has often been referred to as “the Cosby episode.” A news reporter asks Diane, “What do you have against Hank Hippopopalous? Everyone says he’s a really nice guy.”
Diane replies, “That’s the problem. Because he’s so nice, people don’t want to think he’s capable of awful things, so they let him off the hook.” Diane nailed it. This not only sums up public response to the Bill Cosby allegations, but also the #MeToo accusations made against Louis C.K., Kevin Spacey, and countless other accused Hollywood stars.
8 “I need you to tell me that I’m a good person.”
When Diane is doing a Q&A session in the aptly titled season 1 episode “Downer Ending,” BoJack shows up and says, “I need you to tell me that I’m a good person. I know that I can be selfish and narcissistic and self-destructive, but underneath all that, deep down, I’m a good person, and I need you to tell me that I’m good. Diane? Tell me, please, Diane. Tell me that I’m good.”
And Diane just stays completely silent. She can’t say it. The episode ends on that silence, living up to its title and leaving us awestruck with a memorable moment.
7 “He’s so stupid, he doesn’t realize how miserable he should be.”
This line sums up the mindset of a lot of defeatist people. People like BoJack hate themselves and their lives and everything about the world around them, but they’ve convinced themselves that that’s the way it should be. You’re supposed to hate everything.
When they see someone who is genuinely happy, they think to themselves: “He’s so stupid, he doesn’t realize how miserable he should be.” But it’s all about perspective. The happy person views their life from a different perspective than BoJack. If BoJack could just find a way to apply that perspective to his own life, then he’d be happy, too.
6 “When you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.”
This quote from Wanda is so sad, and yet so insightful at the same time. It is dangerous to fall in love with someone and ignore everything that’s wrong with them until it’s too late. Rose-colored glasses are often described as a good thing. You’re so in love with someone that they can do no wrong.
But this Wanda quote invades that silly romantic idea with some truth. If they can do wrong and you don’t realize it, then you’ll miss the glaring problems in the relationship: “When you look at someone through rose-colored glasses, all the red flags just look like flags.”
5 “It gets easier.”
All throughout the season 2 finale episode that this quote is from, a baboon keeps jogging past BoJack’s house and he thinks he’s a total weirdo. Then when he decides to try to get into shape himself, he goes out for a run and passes out virtually on his front lawn. He quickly discovers that running isn’t as easy as it looks.
The jogging baboon helps BoJack to his feet (or, rather, his hooves) and tells him, “It gets easier. Every day, it gets a little easier. But you gotta do it every day – that’s the hard part. But it does get easier.” The baboon is talking about running, but it’s universally applicable.
4 “Same thing that always happens. You didn’t know me and then you fell in love with me. And now, you know me.”
BoJack has always struggled in the dating world, and it’s mostly his own fault. What’s not his own fault is the reason that people fall for him in the first place. They saw him play a really great guy who was good with his kids in a TV show, but in real life, he’s much more damaged and destructive than that.
Whenever one of his romantic relationships falls apart, it generally follows the same pattern, and he’s acutely aware of the pattern: “Same thing that always happens. You didn’t know me and then you fell in love with me. And now, you know me.”
3 “I need to go take a shower so I can’t tell if I’m crying or not.”
The best quotes from BoJack Horseman are the ones that walk the fine line between sad and funny. If a line is so sad and speaks so much truth that all you can do is laugh at it, then the magic of BoJack Horseman is alive and well. A prime example of this is when BoJack says, “I need to go take a shower so I can’t tell if I’m crying or not.”
The title character in BoJack Horseman is one of the saddest characters on television. He just needs a hug. He needs to know that someone cares. Little does he know, millions of Netflix subscribers care. The show is more of a tragicomedy than anything else – very dark, but also very affecting.
2 “I’m responsible for my own happiness? I can’t even be responsible for my own breakfast!”
There is much debate about what the underlying ideology is in BoJack Horseman. Some people think the title character suffers from terrible depression. Others think he’s a nihilist. The truth is, it’s tough to pin BoJack down to just one problem. First and foremost, it is a show about one horse’s search for happiness.
All of his dreams came true – he was the star of a long-running sitcom and remains a rich Hollywood (or “Hollywoo”) celebrity – and he’s no happier than he was before. One of his finest existential musings goes like this: “I’m responsible for my own happiness? I can’t even be responsible for my own breakfast!”
1 “No one watches the show to feel feelings. Life is depressing enough already.”
Occasionally on BoJack Horseman, we’ll get a flashback to when Horsin’ Around was still on the air and BoJack was working with his friend Herb on the scripts and the story arcs. Herb slipped into drug addiction and stopped caring about the creativity of the show.
But he also understood his audience and why they enjoyed his show: “This is a situation comedy. No one watches the show to feel feelings. Life is depressing enough already.” This is pretty meta, but not in reference to BoJack Horseman itself. Life is depressing, but people don’t watch BoJack to forget about that – they watch it to understand that.