It's absurd to lump all adult animated comedies together, says David Opie. Yet he adds that such "comparisons are occasionally warranted, particularly when it comes to the last decade's two biggest newcomers. At first glance, BoJack Horseman himself shares little in common with the titular elderly lead of Rick and Morty, but the pair are more similar than perhaps even they'd like to admit. One is a washed-up sitcom star from the '90s who literally eats and drinks like a horse. The other is a deadbeat grandfather who returns from the past to hang out with his grandson and drink himself to death. Sure, BoJack's a horse and Rick's a scientist, but both characters are also nihilistic neigh-sayers (ahem) whose self-destructive behaviour threatens to destroy everyone they love in the cruellest ways possible. Given that BoJack Horseman aired on Netflix while Rick and Morty continues on Adult Swim, a crossover episode was never possible, no matter how much Mr Peanutbutter might have hoped for one. The closest we'll ever come to that now is through fan art like this, but that doesn't mean Rick and Morty can't learn something from how BoJack Horseman ended."
BoJack Horseman was a call to action: "I don’t think many people knew how powerful and lasting the impact of BoJack Horseman would be on the world," says Princess Weekes. "It isn’t very often that a show emerges that is able to hit on so many important topical issues so poignantly and truly leave behind season after season that evolves, raises the bar, and leaves audiences wanting more. In the above Twitter video the Hollywoo stars and creative team, including Will Arnett, BoJack Horseman himself, talk about saying goodbye to their iconic show. I can’t sum up in just words how BoJack has improved my life. Back when I lived almost 2 hours both ways from my therapist, I would load up episodes to watch on the way there and it would help me think of things that I needed to address in my own life. It would give vocabulary to relationships I was stuck in, people I was attracted to, pain that I had fetishized, and insecurities that I had allowed to fester within myself. But rather than make things worse, I’ve always treated BoJack as a call to action. If you look closely at the characters and see aspects of yourself that you see uncomfortably reflected in them, then that is the motivation for change."