It’s time for a Bojack Horseman re-run marathon because we are currently waiting for the last part of the series finale. And it’s always fun to refresh our memory and live our favorite moments from the hit animated series we’ve grown to love. Apart from that, the last and final episodes of the show are dawning upon us soon. And when it ends, we will just be rewatching this beautiful series over and over again. So we compiled a list of the best Bojack Horseman episodes perfect for a cozy night in when you want to ‘feel the feels’.
Best Bojack Horseman Episodes
Downer Ending (E11, S1)
This is the episode of Bojack Horseman Season 1 when the show completely got me hooked. You know that point in a show when you just know it has won your heart? This is that. It strengthened the plot and storyline in the first season and a shift from humor to raw emotions was felt.
In this episode, Bojack discusses his memoir in making with Diane. After rejecting her work, Bojack vows to write a version himself. But he can’t help but go back to his toxic, non-serious lifestyle. He calls up Sarah Lynn and that means one thing: recreational drugs. (and party!)
Along with binging on drugs, he does take help from Sarah Lynn and Todd who volunteer to write too. After a whole lot of fun and laughs, the downer begins. And soon the perception of reality changes for Bojack Horseman. He relives his childhood traumas and emotions. He then explores his relationship and feelings for Diane and ends up at the ghost-writing convention where she is a speaker.
This is the part when our hearts wept. Bojack says to Diane:
Um, I guess my question is, do you.. Do you think it’s too late for me?
I mean, am I just doomed to be the person that I am? The person in that book? It’s not too late for me, is it? It’s— It’s not too late Diane, I need you to tell me that it’s not too late.
I— I need you to tell me that I’m a good person. I know that I can be selfish and narcissistic and self-destructive, but underneath all that, deep down, I’m a good person, and I need you to tell me that I’m good, Diane. Tell me, please, Diane. Tell me that I’m good.
That’s Too Much, Man! (E11, S3)
Another episode that is always going to be a favorite because of how it is filled with life-lessons, love, friendship, and in the end, a serious heartbreak.
This episode focuses more on Sarah Lynn. Finally, her story is shared to convey why she is who she is. She’s not just a young star, with fame, fortune, and party habits. She is a ‘person’ who was damaged early, had broken dreams, and ambitions that she had to leave behind.
Her whole life she has suppressed her wish to be an architect and tried to believe she was meant to be a Hollywood star. But her desire remains deeply ingrained with her throughout. She copes and handles her anxiety using drugs and alcohol and has spent her entire life in denial. This episode uncovers the real, ugly side of fame and stardom.
Bojack Horseman takes on the role of a real friend, trying to be a good person, making amends to Sarah Lynn for neglecting her years ago when she was a child.
And then our favorite scene, the planetarium. The breathtaking view of the solar system and the words of Bojack to Sarah that hit hard every time.
The Old Sugarman Place (E2, S4)
The Old Sugarman Place is an all-time best Bojack Horseman best episode. And is one of the most well-produced and written episodes of the show.
The episode has flashbacks to Beatrice’s life, her unresolved childhood trauma that turns her into a toxic, abusive and bitter mother to Bojack Horseman. We finally find out what happened to Crackerjack and Honey, and how it shapes the development of Beatrice’s character. All the flashbacks of the past are so heart-wrenching and expressed very emotionally.
In the present, Bojack Horseman tries to fix the old Sugarman house and finds Eddie, a housefly who volunteers to help in the plumbing. He doesn’t fly anymore since his wife died. He is very depressed and Bojack pushes him to fly.
Pumped up, Ed grabs Bojack soaring up the sky and then faces a fall, landing into deep water. Bojack tries to help him and save him when Eddie starts crying.
“I don’t want to live. Why did you save me? I don’t want to live!”
This episode is a true depiction of what mental illness looks like. Whether it’s Eddie’s depression or Honey’s lobotomization.
Time’s Arrow (E11, S4)
Time’s arrow neither stands still, nor reverses, after all, it merely marches forward.
Another episode dedicated to Bojack Horseman’s mother, Beatrice and the difficult life she had faced. This is such a well-scripted, poignant and creatively animated episode. Beatrice’s backstory is shared in greater detail and helps the audience understand how she turned into a horrible mother. But she’s not excused nor is her behavior justified. It is simply explained in a timely manner.
In the end, BoJack shows compassion towards her, contrary to his plans of calling her out. This shows how he is genuinely trying to be good, forgiving, and is evolving towards a new him.
This is the most depressing yet amazing one from this list of best Bojack Horseman episodes. Bojack’s mother has died, and he gives a speech at a funeral. If you’re about to watch it, keep tissue boxes nearby.
Bojack Horseman’s eulogy to his mother; that’s the sum of this episode. He explains that today he’s allowed to feel shitty because his mom died. Today he told the girl at Jack In The Box about his mothers’ death, and she gave him a free churro.
And as I’m leaving, I think, “I just got a free churro because my mom died.” No one ever tells you when your mom dies, you get a free churro.”
He speaks about how she lived a long life. He starts talking to the casket and asks her what else he can contribute.
Nothing? Knock once if you’re proud of me. Can I just say how amazing it is to be in a room with my mother and I can just talk to her without her telling me to shutup and make her a drink?
Hey mom, knock once if you think I should shut up.
Yes, every single moment of this episode is heartbreakingly deep and makes you bawl your eyes out.
I kept waiting for that, the proof, that even though my mother was a hard woman, deep down she loved me and cared about me and wanted me to know that I made her life a little bit brighter. Even now, I find myself waiting. Hey, Mom, knock once if you love me and care about me and want me to know I made your life a little bit brighter.
This episode speaks the heart out for every person who grew up with terrible parents or an abusive house-hold. It is special for depicting these emotions of a broken child.
That’s our list of best Bojack Horseman episodes. We still have so many more but the top five is our go-to list of all time. Which one is your favorite and why?