Depression, drugs, celebrity glamour, nihilism and beyond. But the surreal sitcom , which turns 6 today, is so much more than that.

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Bojack Horseman is a brilliant social commentary. Prima facie, the show is an animated representation of the insanely flashy film industry that we know as Hollywood. But what soon transpires is a raw, unabashed and explicit — in every sense of the word — commentary of the society we live in down to its individual units that is you and I.

If you ask someone who’s watched the show, they’d probably wrap up what it’s about with the story of the depressed protagonist with toxic behavior and a nihilistic view of life and world. But what no one talks about is its ruthlessly honest reflection of the kind of world we live in. A world that runs on narratives that is either crafted by the powerful elite through mass media or those that run its course among the fickle masses. A world that is built on facades and masks. Both on macro (institutions, industries and the media) and micro (friends, families, neighbors and ourselves) levels. …

Aslan Flâneur

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