In the First Season 5 Trailer, BoJack Horseman Can't Admit He Needs Help

BoJack Horseman and a date at the premiere of his new show, Philbert.
BoJack Horseman and a date at the premiere of his new show, Philbert.
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The most dangerous thing about BoJack Horseman’s profound narcissism is the way it blinds him to the fact that he’s often the agent of his own sabotage. In the first trailer for BoJack Horseman’s fifth season, the famed actor makes clear just how far away from self-actualization he still unfortunately is.


Though his career’s seemingly on the mend, BoJack’s personal life is still a mess thanks to his drinking, emotional stuntedness, and that persistent inability to be honest with himself about reality. After the failure of his last attempt to return to TV, the equine actor’s back as the star of Philbert, a new cop drama—but the trailer also emphasizes how a return to the spotlight probably won’t be enough to bring BoJack back into fighting form if he doesn’t get serious about self-improvement.

It’ll be great to see BoJack beginning to get back on his feet and see what everyone else is up to when the series returns on September 14, but from the looks of it, those first steps back toward redemption are going to be wobbly and booze-soaked.

Charles Pulliam-Moore is an NYC-based culture critic whose work centers on fandom, pop culture, politics, race, and sexuality. He still thinks Cyclops made a few valid points.



My favorite show on television. As someone diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, I identify far more than I care to admit with Bojack (although, unlike him, I’ve found ways to manage it over the years and have found something resembling peace and happiness. Probably thanks to a lack of fame).

I was hoping Season 4 would be the turning point for him. Maybe this season will truly get him on the path if he isn’t already. Yes, I know he is a cartoon character.