In season 5 of Netflix’s animated series BoJack Horseman, the troubled actor BoJack (Will Arnett) introduces a screening of Philbert, his new show about a detective who may have murdered his wife.
”We’ve all done terrible things that we deeply regret,” he says. “I’ve done so many unforgivable things … and I think that’s what this show says, is that we’re all terrible, so we’re all okay. I think that’s a really powerful message.”
That moment is in some ways an indictment of fans of BoJack Horseman and other anti-hero driven stories, particularly in a season that seems dedicated to showing it remembers every part of its title character’s dark history from previous episodes. He nearly had sex with an old friend’s teenage daughter. He went…