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BoJack Horseman season 3 premiere fan react: BoJack's Oscar campaign

BoJack Horseman returned to Netflix with 12 all-new episodes on July 22 for its third season, which sees BoJack (Will Arnett) campaigning for an Oscar for his work on Secretariat.

Despite leaving production before the movie was finished when he escaped from Los Angeles at the end of the second season, BoJack is in the running for an Oscar, even though he was replaced by digital effects after quitting. Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) and BoJack’s publicist Ana Spanakopita (Angela Basset) set him off on a press tour in New York City before an advanced screening of the movie.

Before the screening, BoJack meets with Jill Pill (Mara Wilson) who he met during The BoJack Horseman Show after working on Horsin’ Around. She pitches a challenging project for BoJack, but he’s not interested because he doesn’t do challenging things. He mentions he wants to leave a legacy behind so people remember his name. He wants to win the Oscar because he thinks it’ll give his life meaning.

BoJack’s next stop on the press tour is a magazine interview with “Manatee Fair” but he grows frustrated when the reporter (Natasha Leggero) asks him what he’ll do next. Spanakopita tries to motivate him to get through the interview, but BoJack says he has everything in control. Unfortunately, he’s rarely in control of anything besides his own downfall, and after he begins drinking, he’s lost all control.

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

BoJack and the reporter return to his hotel room, where they’re about to have a romantic rendezvous — until he has a crisis of conscience following an innocuous remark. The reporter says she’s going to climb on his boat which triggers BoJack to think about Charlotte walking in on him with her daughter Penny in a compromising situation. This was rock bottom for BoJack (as far as the viewer has seen so far), and it’s still something he’s deeply troubled by.

“How do you make something right, when you’ve made it so wrong you can never go back,” he asks himself before confessing to the reporter he was digitally removed from the movie. He wakes up in a panic thinking his chance at winning an Oscar and giving his life meaning will be foiled after revealing the secret. He’s scared it’s all over, but later admits to Spanakopita that he’s relieved: He doesn’t know if he should win an Oscar or if he even wants to win one.

Ana tells him an Oscar won’t make him happy or solve his problems, but winning it will provide a really good night. He admits that he does want that, even if he knows he’s a fraud who doesn’t deserve it. After the screening, BoJack tries to distance himself from the person viewers saw on Horsin’ Around. The person people saw in Secretariat is the type of work he can be proud of.

Credit: BoJack Horseman - Netflix (screengrab)

Credit: BoJack Horseman – Netflix (screengrab)

Sadly for BoJack, he’s not someone he can be proud of — he is who he was in Horsin’ Around, and that’s something he’s been chasing for two decades. The first episode sets up BoJack to see whether an Oscar is something he’ll genuinely need to fill a void in his life, or if there will be something else he can find to plug that hole.

The season premiere didn’t feature many of the supporting characters, but Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins) is out of work after Hollywood Stars And Celebrities: Do They Know Things? Let’s Find Out ends. Princess Carolyn needs to get him back to work so her struggling new agency can attempt to stay afloat.

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In addition to finding new work, Mr. Peanutbutter and Diane (Alison Brie) are going through marriage counseling after experiencing some hiccups in their relationship last season. Todd accompanies BoJack to New York after accidentally taking too much sleeping medication and falling asleep on BoJack’s clothes that he tossed into his luggage. Same goofy Todd.

Overall, this was a fine episode to begin the third season and form BoJack’s arc for the remaining 11 episodes. BoJack is as emotionally conflicted as the viewer has seen him. He’s skeptical if getting what he wants will even make much of a difference. Even if he gets what he wants, he can’t appreciate it, because he’s a fraud. He’s in a lose-lose situation, but I can’t help but root for him to find happiness, whether that means there’s an Oscar on his mantle or not.

Patrick Schmidt is an editor for FanSided and Netflix Life.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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