If you're not already a fan of Bojack Horseman, you might find it hard to understand why people are so obsessed with a talking, alcoholic horse. The premise of the show is simple: Bojack Horseman is a washed up actor, famous for the role of a sitcom dad in ‘90s TV show Horsin’ Around. We follow him as he tries to find a reason to stay alive, while continuously sabotaging himself along the way.

But, although it parodies Hollywood and pop culture better than almost any other show, it’s not just another South Park. Rather than just settling as a straightforward parody, Bojack Horseman has dealt with some of the most personal, difficult, taboo subjects.

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Here are 4 reasons to watch Bojack Horseman.

1. Tons of animal puns

When done well, animal puns can be absolutely hilarious. Yes, Bojack is a deep character study with dark themes. But it’s also as ridiculous as a world populated with people and talking animals can be.

Whether it’s Cameron Crowe constantly reminding people that he’s a raven, or a horse telling her kids to bow their heads and bray, the jokes never stop coming, even when the material has you exploring your existential depths.

2. Harsh light on depression and alcoholism

Bojack as a character has many sides. He’s a terrible person – everyone can agree on that. But he’s also a victim of depression. He’s also battling alcoholism. He wants to be good but just can’t get out of his own way.

Our tendency is to see people who hurt others as malicious, rather than ill. Bojack shows that while he is responsible for his actions, he is not at fault. He is in a constant battle with where circumstance has taken him, and who can blame him for succumbing over and over again?

3. Underrepresented sexual preferences

I’m not talking about human/animal relationships here (it’s best just not to think about that in Bojack’s world). Rather [MINOR SPOILER], it’s the happy-go-lucky Todd who shows us a sexual identity often ignored. In Season 3, Todd comes out to a friend as asexual. The season shows his struggles with not being like everyone else, struggling to understand romantic cues, and not identifying with any of the groups the world is coming more and more to understand. Ever since The Big Bang Theory gave up on this opportunity with Sheldon – and their portrayal of his sexuality was always a part of his misanthropic, sociopathic tendencies – asexuals have had almost no representation in pop culture.

4. The writing is brave

A song about abortion is titled: Get Dat Fetus, Kill Dat Fetus. A Bill Cosby like character is beloved by the masses despite his sexual transgressions. Bojack has sex with the girl who played his daughter on the sitcom that made him famous. All of these scenarios serve to make the show an uncomfortable watch at times. But the writers are brave enough to keep touching on taboo subjects, breaking them wide open and showing us a perspective we never could have imagined.