My Favorite Show on Television

It is no secret that my current favorite TV show is Bojack Horseman. I talk about it ALL THE TIME. And for good reason. For a show about a man who is also a horse, it tackles extremely human topics, like worth, loneliness, addiction, fear, depression, relationships, and connection in a way that feels totally relatable. More so when you remember that it is a show about MAN who is also a HORSE. And also, it’s really funny, far beyond the idea that it’s a bunch of anthropomorphic animals interacting with humans like they are all the same. Which is absurd! But also brilliant? (JK about the question mark. It’s a fact. It’s done really well.)

Admittedly, it took me a while to get into it the first season. I sort of kept it on as background noise because I enjoyed it but I didn’t LOVE it. And then somewhere around episode five, when Diane and Bojack go to Boston for a funeral, I realized I was watching intently. This absurdist cartoon was dealing with complicated family dynamics in a way that seemed more heartfelt and honest than many live-action sitcoms. And it only got better as the season went on and I think by the time the nostalgic Christmas episode came along the show really hit its stride with combining humor with sometimes very dark reality.

I’ve been waiting not-so-patiently for season two since they announced the date. I was out of town the day it premiered but knew that after taking a red eye back from the west coast I’d absolutely spend my first day back sitting on the couch and watching the entire season. Which I did. While eating Chipotle. Don’t judge me.

The second season was even better than the first and this time the women took larger roles. I cheered on Princess Carolyn at the end but there was one episode centered on Diane that was particularly powerful and important. On a book tour for the paperback release of a book she wrote about Bojack, she answers a question about a lovable television host by addressing reports that he harassed multiple women. She is attacked by the media, receives death threats, and finally is asked by both Bojack and her husband why she has to be the one talking about this if none of the women are willing to come forward without remaining anonymous. This is particularly poignant as just today NY Magazine printed an article with all of the women who came forward in the Bill Cosby accusations. Diane’s struggle with finding her worth and feeling like she is doing good in the world continues for the rest of season, even though that story line sort of falls away after that episode. But it definitely colors her character and her arc this season is one that I think many, many people will identify with.

I won’t say more because I don’t want to spoil things. I think that everybody should absolutely watch this show and I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about it like ALL THE TIME. But this was just one example where comedy (read the ticker at the bottom while Diane is on the news) meets something very real and deals with it in a responsible way.

So thank you, Bojack Horseman, the show and the character, for making something so crazy feel so very true. I love you. I can’t wait for season three.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane (Know Exactly When I’ll Be Back Again)

Next week I get on an airplane! I love airplanes and flying. That’s a lie. I love the idea of flying, but actually I don’t super love flying itself. I mean, when everything is going smoothly and I’m looking out the window at the clouds and the world below it’s beautiful, magical, perfect. But any tiny bump and the magic is lost and I want to land and never do it again. Except I also hate landing, so like I’d rather just keep flying around the world forever in a smooth trip through the clouds so long as I never have to descend. Because I super believe that as we are descending the plane is just going to be like, “ugh, I’m so sick of doing this so slowly.” I think planes are impatient because I like to personify inanimate things with my own characteristics. So, hey, anyway, let’s build a world in the clouds! That would be perfect and safe and maybe then I’d learn how they actually stay in the sky! I realize I say stupid things. I get it. I was in the honor society in high school but then barely graduated college because I hated going to class. That just got super in my way of sleeping and reading for pleasure and I just found the whole ordeal, at that time in my life, to a huge bummer. Anyway, the point is, I never learned simple truths, but if you have questions about juggalos, I’m your girl. Also I’m sort of an expert on the reproductive practices of random animals like turtles, snakes, and birds. Because you always hear about the “birds and the bees” but have you actually thought about HOW? I never did and then one day I DID and now I know and I can tell you.

One time on a flight back from Miami (cue Will Smith song) we flew into DC during a storm and the airport was too crowded for us and we had to descend THREE times and it was the worst flight of my life (for which I am grateful and lucky and happy), but the plane was filled with a group of teenaged missionaries returning from building an orphanage in South America and I was like, “Cool, God would definitely not kill a plane full of missionaries. Unless He’s decided that they’ve finished with their calling.” It wasn’t pleasant. I gripped the armrests like they alone could keep me in the sky while the sixteen-year-old boy next to me looked at me like I was a sort of hungover, unshowered, twenty-six-year-old weirdo, which, tbh, was 80% true. It was an accident, but I discovered the night before that I really like Mai Tai’s.

Next week I am not going to Miami, I am going to Detroit! That is where the members of Insane Clown Posse dropped out of school to form their…band? Duo? Act? They formed, is the point. And then after Detroit I make my triumphant return to Seattle, a place I love dearly, to spend time with a person I love dearly and will one day, sadly, have to murder because she knows too many of my secrets and also, ALSO, speaking of flying (just trying to bring it full circle) I will be taking a ride in a hot air balloon and it was one of those things I’ve always wanted to do but never know how BADLY I wanted to do until the opportunity presented itself and now I’m SO EXCITED and will click my heels three times before we take off.

One time I went to a David Sedaris signing and I quoted The Wizard of Oz and he called me adorable.