'BoJack Horseman' Season 6 Part 1 takes us on a trip through BoJack's history with alcoholism

'BoJack Horseman' Season 6 Part 1 takes us on a trip through BoJack's history with alcoholism

The day we've all been waiting for is finally here! Part 1 of 'BoJack Hoseman' Season 6 is finally out on Netflix and the deeply existential show is still as cutting as ever with its social commentary.

In Episode 1 'A Horse Walks into a Rehab', the story picks up right where Season 5 left it with BoJack (Will Arnett) checking into Pastiches rehab. The celebrity rehabilitation center puts him through a long series of therapies, most of which he sucks at, but by the end of his six weeks at the Malibu rehab facility, BoJack is feeling great and ready to get back to his world. 

"I feel good," he declares. "I feel clear." But despite how positive he seems to have gotten, BoJack is still using humor to distract himself from confronting his issues. 

In the process, he gets very annoyed at the rehab center's philosophy that people aren't responsible for their addictions. When he's asked to come clean on his past, he instead lashes out about how rehabs prey on the people they are supposedly trying to cure and also tells off his fellow patients for hiding behind their own facades.


"If you're checking into rehab more than once", BoJack rants. "Either you're a lost cause... or this is just an industry that profits off of repeat customers, so maybe they don't have your best interests at heart." 

Despite how much he doesn't actually want to look into his own problems, BoJack is forced to confront his history of substance abuse when a young woman who reminds him of his late friend Sarah Lynn ropes him in to help her escape rehab. We get some really dark scenes that take us through BoJack's earliest brushes with alcoholism and reveals how he ended up looking to drinking to help him get through life. 

Now that might sound dreary and depressing but this wouldn't be 'BoJack Horseman' if it didn't combine darkness with plenty of light-hearted pokes at the entertainment industry and the world at large. The first episode has a lot of hilarious moments, including a scene where the show spoofs 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off.' This is definitely a worthy final season for a show that has managed to make us seriously re-evaluate our lives just as much as it has made us laugh out loud. 


Part 2 of 'BoJack Horseman' Season 6 will arrive on Netflix on January 31, 2020.

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