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Sweatpants & Sanity | 20 Times Bojack Horseman was Relatable AF about Anxiety & Depression

By Emily Parker

With the recent popularity of shows like 13 Reasons Why, we’ve been interested in programming which addresses and showcases mental illness in a funny, relatable way (13 Reasons Why, while a powerful show, doesn’t live in the neighborhood of “funny.”)

Enter Bojack Horseman. A Netflix Original Series; Bojack is voiced by Will Arnett (Arrested Development), and the rest of the cast includes heavies such as Amy Sedaris (Strangers With Candy), Alison Brie (Mad Men), Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show), and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad.) From Wikipedia:

Despite having a satirical take on current events, politics, and show business, BoJack is lauded for its realistic take on dealing with depression, trauma, addiction, self-destructive behavior, and the human experience.

Despite mixed reviews upon its debut, critics were notably more positive towards the second half of the first season, before universally acclaiming the subsequent seasons. On September 21, 2017, the series was renewed for a fifth season.

BoJack is a self-loathing alcoholic horse in his 50’s. A washed-up 90’s sitcom star, he plans to return to fame by writing a tell-all autobiography. Despite toxic parents, BoJack has a number of loyal friends who support him through his emotional ups and downs.

Here, in no particular order, are 20 times that BoJack Horseman was relatable AF for those of us who struggle with similar tendencies.


  1. When he recognized the healing power of occasionally crying in the shower.
  2. When he was afraid to try.
  3. When he recognized the importance of sharing with people what you need from them in order to be okay.
  4. When he was honest about feeling like you’re different on the inside from everybody else, and not knowing how to fix it.
  5. When he learned the hard way that hyper-focusing on irrelevant details can chew up a LOT of your time.
  6. When he understood immediately regretting your choices.
  7. When he understood irrational self-hatred like, WHOA.
  8. When he needed to hear reassurance.
  9. When a toxic person in his life confirmed his worst suspicions about himself.
  10. When he suspected that his failure to be a morning person ran a bit deeper than just hating mornings.
  11. When his friend reminded him that pulling yourself out of depression can be a very long journey.
  12. When he learned a disturbing truth.
  13. When he learned that meaning comes from within, not from filling your life with things to do (although that can help!)
  14. When he acknowledged the need for going to bed angry now and then.
  15. When he had this all-too-familiar suspicion.
  16. When he believed he was unlovable.
  17. When he recognized that he has boundary issues.
  18. When he committed to doing better by himself.
  19. When he was honest about the path he was on.
  20. When he didn’t believe he deserved good things.

Emily Parker is a musician, writer, and avid reader who started Bucket List Book Reviews, the ‘1,001 Books to Read Before You Die’ project. For Sweatpants & Coffee, Emily hopes to inspire the reading of the classics by a whole new audience by only reviewing the really good stuff.

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