BoJack Horseman has become one of the most popularanimated originals on Netflix. It combines heavy subjects with purely absurd scenarios to showcase the life of BoJack Horseman. With 5 seasons and Part 1 of Season 6 released, fans are eagerly awaiting the end of this absurd series. To get you ready to watch Season 6 Part 2, here are some highlights from each season.
What Happened In Netflix’s BoJack Horseman Season 1?
In Season 1, we meet BoJack Horseman, the former star of the sitcom Horsin’ Around. Currently, however, BoJack is a washed-up 50-year-old alcoholic and drug addict. BoJack decides to try and write a memoir about his life so he can profit from his short time in the limelight. When he fails to do so, his publisher hires Diane to be a ghostwriter for him. We meet Princess Carolyn, who has a very complex personal and professional relationship with BoJack; they hook-up, break-up, work together and stop working together more than once.
Todd Chavez meets BoJack and crashes at his place for free. He’s a slacker with not much going for him except for his rock opera concept. When his rock opera seems to be gaining interest, BoJack sabotages him so he doesn’t lose his friend, and the sabotage involves actress Margo Martindale, who appears a lot throughout the future of the series.
One drunken night, BoJack decides to steal the “D” off of the Hollywood sign and doesn’t even remember the next day until he sees the gigantic letter in his house. He stole the “D” because he thought it would impress Diane. He and Diane’s boyfriend Mr. Peanutbutter, whom BoJack despises, attempt to put the “D” back one night, but it gets destroyed. For the rest of the series, the city is called “Hollywoo.”
BoJack’s Relationships In Season 1
The creator of Horsin Around, Herb Kazzaz, is mentioned throughout the first season. It is mentioned that he and BoJack did not end on good terms and Herb is dying of rectal cancer. Herb created the sitcom specifically for BoJack, and when word got out that Kazzaz was gay, BoJack didn’t defend him. He wants to smooth things over with his former pal, so he goes to visit him. Herb refuses to accept BoJack’s apology and kicks him out, saying he’ll never forgive him.
Upset with himself, BoJack kisses Diane, making her extremely uncomfortable considering she’s now engaged to Mr. Peanutbutter and works with BoJack. BoJack tried to sabotage her and Mr. Peanutbutter’s wedding, but they tied the knot anyway. Diane finishes BoJack’s memoir and sends it to Penguin Publishing. BoJack resents what she wrote (because it’s the truth) and forbids her from publishing it. Diane ignores BoJack and posts a teaser of the memoir online.
BoJack’s former costar and hookup buddy, Sarah Lynn, does a lot of drugs with BoJack and Todd. Together, the three of them try and rewrite BoJack’s memoir while high off of their minds. Later, BoJack recognizes his wrongdoing and finds Diane at a ghostwriter convention to apologize. He then tells her to publish his memoir. After it’s published, the memoir becomes a big hit, and BoJack gets the lead role in the new Secretariat movie as a result.
What Happens In Season 2?
In Season 2, BoJack starts filming for Secretariat and listens to a motivational podcast, which influences his acting in a negative way. He starts dating Wanda, a network executive who has been in a coma for 30 years (who seems perfect for BoJack considering his past). Herb died this season, never giving BoJack forgiveness. Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter have marital issues and Diane admits to being unhappy. She also wants more inspiring work, so she goes to war-torn Cordovia to write about what’s happening there. After a short time in Cordovia, Diane quits her job and goes back to Hollywoo, but doesn’t return to Mr. Peanutbutter. Instead, she goes and stays at BoJack’s, keeping up the facade to Mr. Peanutbutter that she’s still in Cordovia.
Meanwhile, Mr. Peanutbutter has his own problems. He struggles to have any of his business ideas become successful, so he ends up having to work at a Lady Footlocker. He then gets his big break with his game show, “Hollywoo Stars and Celebrities: What Do They Know? Do They Know Things? Let’s Find Out!” Back to BoJack, however, the concluding cut of Secretariat doesn’t feature him at all. The director replaced him with a CGI makeup of him as Secretariat. Wanda has had it with BoJack and breaks up with him because she doesn’t want to be around his negativity anymore.
BoJack’s Visit With Charlotte & Todd’s Cult
BoJack then goes to visit Charlotte (Herb’s ex that he was in love with) in New Mexico and meets her family. Somehow, he has the terrible idea to bring Charlotte’s daughter Penny to the prom, where he buys her and her friends a lot of alcohol. When one girl gets alcohol poisoning, BoJack drops off her and her boyfriend at the hospital and leaves them there (remember this for later!) Penny and BoJack go back home, where Penny makes a move and BoJack turns her down.
Though after going to Charlotte and getting rejected, BoJack goes back to Penny (who is 17). Charlotte walks into BoJack’s room and catches him and Penny before anything happens. Mortified, Charlotte kicks BoJack out. BoJack goes back home, where Diane is still living. Todd decides to move out of BoJack’s house, where he then ends up joining an improv group cult.
What Happened In Netflix’s BoJack Horseman Season 3?
In Season 3, BoJack does the media circuit for Secretariat. He then goes to the Pacific Ocean Film Festival, which is entirely underwater and reunites a baby seahorse with his father. Princess Carolyn now runs her own agency, which she is struggling with. She additionally goes on many dates in hopes of finding someone and meets a mouse named Ralph Stilton.
Secretariat is released and became a big hit, putting BoJack back on the map. Todd’s friend Emily sleeps with BoJack and tries to keep it from him, but BoJack eventually comes clean. Todd later forgives Emily and confides in her that he isn’t sexually attracted to women or men.
Diane got pregnant, and she and Mr. Peanutbutter decided to terminate the pregnancy. Diane accidentally posts “I’m getting an abortion,” on her client Sextina Aquafina’s website, which actually gains her a lot of popularity, even though she later gets pregnant and decides to keep the baby.
BoJack and Sarah Lynn go on a drug bender while he tries to apologize to the people he’s hurt while gazing at the stars in a planetarium, Sarah Lynn dies of a drug overdose. Ethan, one of BoJack’s former Horsin’ Around costars, contacts BoJack about creating the spinoff Ethan Around. BoJack panics and leaves after Ethan says he wants to be just like him and drives off to the desert to watch wild horses run. The season ends when a teenage horse (who we later discover is Hollyhock) calls Princess Carolyn asking for BoJack.
Breaking Down Netflix’s BoJack Horseman: Season 4
BoJack goes to his mother’s childhood home in Michigan where he meets a widower dragonfly who helps him renovate the house. Throughout this time, we see flashbacks of Beatrice’s childhood with her mother Honey who became very depressed after her son was killed in the war. Joseph, Honey’s husband and Beatrice’s father, forces Honey to get a lobotomy after Honey gets drunk and makes poor little Beatrice drive her around town where she crashes the car.
Diane gets a blogging job at Girl Croosh, where she doesn’t seem to be fitting in. Princess Carolyn and Ralph consider starting a family, but Princess Carolyn has a miscarriage that leaves her devastated and she tells Ralph to leave her. Princess Carolyn pitches the show, Philbert, to be picked up, which it is, so long as BoJack is involved. Without telling BoJack, she signs his contract to greenlight the show. Hollyhock, who’s been raised by eight dads (and has each of their last names), meets BoJack and believes he is her biological father.
BoJack Meets His “Sister?”
A DNA test proves they are related, so BoJack sets out to help Hollyhock find her biological mom. They stop at the nursing home where BoJack’s mother Beatrice is and BoJack decides to have his mother move in with him. While staying with Beatrice and BoJack, Hollyhock accidentally overdosed on pills that Beatrice (who has severe dementia) was slipping into her coffee. Hollyhock survives, but BoJack feels terrible about the whole ordeal.
Beatrice’s mind worsens, and through a series of flashbacks it is revealed that Hollyhock isn’t BoJack’s kid, but the kid of Beatrice’s former cheating husband and their former maid, Henrietta. The season ended with Hollyhock and BoJack sharing a touching moment where she calls him her brother, as well as Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter addressing that their marriage isn’t working.
Almost To The End, BoJack Horseman: Season 5
At the beginning of this season, it seems like BoJack’s life is normalizing with being in Philbert and having a great relationship with Hollyhock. Todd realizes his asexuality and tries dating another asexual. When the relationship clearly doesn’t work out, he ends up helping her come out to her very promiscuous family. Princess Carolyn and Ralph get back together and decide to adopt, but she changes her mind about everything. She tells Ralph that she now has plans that he’s not in, and additionally gives up the baby. Later she adopts a porcupine baby alone, but cannot think of a name.
Diane and Mr. Peanutbutter get a divorce, and Mr. Peanutbutter quickly moves on to a pug named Pickles. He then cheats on Pickles with Diane and instead of telling Pickles, he proposes to her. BoJack’s mother passes away, and in one episode we see BoJack deliver a 17-minute eulogy.
BoJack continues to struggle with his addiction to pills, which is something Hollyhock is also struggling with after her accidental overdose. His sense of reality and fiction begin to blur and he can’t tell if something is happening on Philbert or real life. This comes to a head when he attacks his girlfriend and co-star Gina, who doesn’t press charges because she doesn’t want this moment to define her career. The season ends with BoJack checking into rehab with Diane’s support.
The Final Season: Season 6 — Part 1 Of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman
In Part 1 of Season 6, BoJack is working his way through rehab and trying to stay clean. He ponders all of the people and situations in his life that led to his dependency on drugs and alcohol. In the beginning, he just goes through the motions of rehab, but then he truly gets into it and tries to make the most out of his time there. BoJack has become more self-reflective than he’s ever been before. He deflected his problems after five seasons but is now starting to come to terms with his recovery journey.
He’s scared of what he’ll be outside of rehab, and he knows that it won’t be easy, but he is finally putting the work in. It took him a long time to gain the courage to leave rehab, but he eventually did. BoJack calls Princess Carolyn to apologize, more meaningfully than ever before. He says he didn’t tell her about the family and friends visitation days because she has a lot on her plate right now, but Princess Carolyn says she would have been there for him. Princess Carolyn has had a tough time adjusting to life as a working mother, but she eventually settles on the name Ruthie for her daughter.
“You Gotta Do It Everyday”
Diane decides to travel, trying to create content for “Girl Croosh” that she can be proud of. She finds herself in a relationship with a guy who’s good for her but struggles to write as a result. She says her best writing comes from when she hates herself. Mr. Peanutbutter comes clean about his infidelity with Pickles and the two decide that Pickles should sleep with someone else to get even. Todd joins up with his estranged stepfather to help Todd’s mom when she is sick. Through this small storyline, we learn more about Todd’s home life and how Todd just wants acceptance.
Part 1 ends with Hollyhock and a party in New York City, where she meets a guy named Peter who tells her about a time after his prom that a man got his girlfriend super drunk and dropped them off at a hospital and left (I told you to remember that!). Hollyhock asks who the man was, and there’s some silence, where she realizes it was BoJack.
Predictions For Netflix’s BoJack Horseman: Season 6 — Part 2
Part 2 will be the end of the BoJack Horseman series, and there’s a lot of speculation as to what we can expect. Raphael Matthew Bob-Waksberg, the creator of BoJack Horseman, said he doesn’t believe in endings, but fans speculate that the series will come to a dramatic end with BoJack either killing himself or overdosing and dying. I think people are gonna learn the full truth about some of his actions and turn on him, which will, unfortunately, cause him to spiral. The show tackles a lot of societal issues, and with “cancel culture” being so prevalent in the age of social media, would BoJack be able to come back if he’s “exposed?”
Season 6 Part 2 of BoJack Horseman will be released on Netflix on January 31st of this year.