5 Reasons 'BoJack Horseman' Is Better Than 'Rick & Morty'

5 Reasons 'BoJack Horseman' Is Better Than 'Rick & Morty'

The best adult animated show in the world deserves to finally get recognized as the best.


First of all, I love "Rick & Morty."

I think it's one of the funniest and best written television shows ever made.

I own a ton of "Rick & Morty" merchandise such as tee-shirts, five hour energy drinks, car fresheners, posters, slippers, even a Mr. Poopybutthole plush doll.

I'm eager to sit back and marathon this incredible series as a gift from God.

That being said, I think Netflix's "BoJack Horseman" is a little better.


Which is why even though I worship the ground that "Rick & Morty" walks on, I'm somewhat befuddled by how overwhelmingly popular it's become. Everywhere you go you'll find a store full of "Rick & Morty" merchandise you'd never think a show like that would be marketed in: Five Below, Target, and Barnes and Noble.

While I love the fact that one of my favorite shows is becoming wildly successful, I can't help but think that it's also stealing thunder from "BoJack."

I've seen plenty of good merchandise for "BoJack," but it's still not as mainstream as "Rick & Morty."

Perhaps that makes sense too: Even though "Rick & Morty" is all about being crazy and absurd, it still takes less risks and is less serious than "BoJack," therefore it's more appealing in the mainstream media.

This is why I've decided to point out 5 reasons why I think "BoJack" is a better show than "Rick & Morty" despite not being as popular.

And keep in mind: I am not taking any shots at "Rick & Morty," I love it to death!

I just think "BoJack" is SLIGHTLY better, the way I think The Beatles are slightly better than The Rolling Stones.

1. More Focus on Character Development 

By the time Season 5 premiered on Netflix in 2018, BoJack Horseman branched out into a show of five main characters with each having their own storyline.

The title character, BoJack Horseman, of course, a washed-up alcoholic 90s TV star struggling with loneliness and depression.

His agent and ex-girlfriend (a cat), Princess Carolyn, who struggles with finding her true purpose in life and tries to start her own family.

Todd Chavez, a mid-twenties human who lives with BoJack as his roommate despite being toyed by him often. His wacky misadventures make for hilarity.

Mr. Peanutbutter (a dog), another 90s TV star but the opposite of BoJack in personality. His overwhelming optimism often conflicts when a real and complicated situation enters into his life.

And Mr. Peanutbutter's wife, Diane Nguyen, the ghost-writer of BoJack's biography who also struggles with depression and tries to fight through the disgusting patriarchy as a 3rd wave feminist.

All five of these main characters go through numerous peaks and valleys every season and are often at odds with each other.

I'm not saying that "Rick & Morty" doesn't have character development either, but most episodes start and end with the two main characters reset as their default selves.

Rick: A old genius asshole dragging Morty on adventures.

Morty: An insecure, scared, and often angry boy trying to get everything together.

2. Richer Timeline


It's funny to say this because "Rick & Morty" is all about time-traveling and alternative realities that make for a far more complex timeline.

Even so, "BoJack's" timeline and character history is incredible. Every season has certain stories or flashbacks to show why the characters are the way they are, going all the way back to when BoJack's mother was a kid during World War II.

From his mother's traumatic childhood to his parents meeting, to his rise of success in Hollywood (now Hollywoo) and betraying his best friend to save his career, BoJack's life of loneliness and depression was destined decades before he was even born.

Other flashbacks throughout the series give insight at how main characters became who they are such as Princess Carolyn's childhood struggles to make it out of poverty and Mr. Peanutbutter's cycle of relationships that always fall apart inevitably.

Even though the show is mainly about the BoJack's life from 2014 and beyond, the flashbacks fill in the blanks for each decade going back to the 1940s.

3. Even More Absurb Humor


You think "Rick & Morty" has absurd humor?

How about "BoJack's" absurdity? The kind of jokes and references you never expected to be mentioned on a regular basis.

The Halloween in January Store

Character Actress Margo Martindale

Secretariat dodging Vietnam by making an arrangement with President Nixon.

Hundreds of Spaghetti Stringers being delivered at Mr. Peanutbutter's house at the start of season three and becoming useful at the end of it.

"Did you know Avatar came out in 2009?"



"Everything is literally a metaphor"


Whale strippers


That's just the surface of some of the most ridiculous but brilliant jokes I've ever heard.

4. Tackles Heavy & Uncomfortable Issues


Sexual Assault.

Mass Shootings.

"BoJack Horseman" doesn't just make references to these situations, they dedicate entire episodes to them.

And somehow, they still manage to put in clever and funny jokes without being too offensive. You walk away from those special episodes having a better understanding about these deep-rooted issues in our country and around the world that otherwise seem unsolvable.

If there were a consistent theme and story for each season, it would be BoJack's constant fight with depression, and everything he does to help it.

If you never had depression or don't know enough about it, this show is perfect in getting inside the mind of someone who does in BoJack, showing just how hard it is to get out of it.

"Rick & Morty" does confront issues as well like divorce and family life, but that still gets pushed aside for it's spectacle adventures. "BoJack" takes time to look at them while still entertaining us.

5. "BoJack" Has Real Consequences 

While "Rick & Morty" does show absurd consequences to absurb actions, it can still be fixed with a deus ex machina situation such as reversing the sequence of events, leaving a planet in disarray, or simply quitting one reality and entering another to start over.

Unlike a 30 minute sitcom where everything works out in the end (like the show BoJack starred in the 90s, "Horsin Around") the action BoJack and other characters take have long-lasting consequences that go beyound seasons.

BoJack has made many mistakes each season, from turning on his best friend and business partner, Herb Kazzaz, when the television studio fired him, to nearly sleeping with the teenage daughter of an old friend in New Mexico, to sleeping with his best friend's childhood sweetheart, to going on a drug spree with his old TV co-star and her dying because of it.

These characters and relationships aren't solved in the next episode, they all have to deal with them like people in real life and learn to live with them.

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What Happened To Soulja Boy?

The unanswered questions.

We all know his song "Kiss Me Thru the Phone." It left us with so many unanswered questions, like did he ever get to actually kiss his baby? Did he make his girl his "wifey?" So many questions and no answers. But luckily for you, I am here to fill you in and give you answers. I am going to answer your most pressing questions about what has happened to this rapper.

1. Did he ever get a "wifey?"

Nope! He is currently not married at all. Back in 2015, he had a pretty public breakup with his girlfriend because apparently she was not being loyal and having quite a few affairs with other rappers and famous athletes. Poor Soulja Boy. I bet he does not want to wife her up now.

2. Did he ever change his phone number?

I mean, he only gave it out to everybody in the world. 678-999-8212. Do not try calling it because it's deactivated. I was super upset to learn that. You used to be able to call it and Soulja Boy would answer. I guess he he got tired of his phone constantly blowing up. I mean, I would.

3. Does he still rap?

Besides "Kiss Me Thru The Phone," Soulja Boy also had the hit "Turn My Swag On." He does still rap actually. In the past few years he has actually rapped with the likes of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Eminem, and Flo Rida. No hits though. I mean, I'm writing this article because I have no idea what he's done lately and I assume the same for other people.

4. Is he a dad?

Yes! Soulja Boy has a son! He's probably only a few years old at this point. He has denied allegations many times about fathering other children. This man probably needs to keep it in his pants, but I'm not judging. He can do what he wants.

5. What else do he do?

There were rumors in May about him being involved in a $400 million business deal about owning a celebrity-owned gaming site. Unfortunately, this plan did not come to fruition. The $400 million deal isn't even all cash. Soulja Boy won't get all that money.

But really though, Soulja Boy hasn't done that much. He's basically a two or three hit wonder. Hopefully he can get back in the studio and produce more music. My nostalgia for middle school is so real whenever I hear his music.

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‘You’ Tells Us 15 Truths About Social Media

People get to choose how you See Them.


I just started watching the Netflix show called YOU and I have mix feelings about it. But the most reoccurring feeling I'm experiencing while watching this show is the feeling of being watched.


The main character, Joe, gains all his entail about his love interest, Beck, through her social media accounts. By doing this he gets to see who her friends are, where she works, her boyfriend and even more creepy where she lives!

Now let's face it we all do this sort of 'research' when it comes to meeting someone new. But how far is too far? At what point does it become creepy and invasive? And should we be restricting ourselves for posting such informative personal things about ourselves, despite social media being a platform for expression?

These are some tough questions to answer which I plan to write about later. But for now here are 15 Truths about Social Media we need to consider as shown by the Netflix Show YOU.

1. People often capture only happy moments.

I mean how many people post about their failures and obstacles in life? You usually only get to see a person's achievements through social media. In the show, Joe sees this a lot with Beck's life versus her reality. In which she is often facing frustration and lack of funds.

2.  People often only choose the best out of 100 pictures they take.

Let's face it how many selfies do you take before you choose 'the one'? The truth is people will take hundred upon hundreds of pictures to get the right one. And those candids? Not actually candids.

3. People get to choose how you see them.

The truth about social media is that people get to choose how you see them and where you see them.

In the show, Beck seemed to be happy and it seemed like her life was beautiful. But the reality was that she was constantly struggling and fighting with herself.

4. You don't know a person based off a collage of pictures or tweets. 

So you see where this person goes to school, who they hang out with and what things they like. So you know the person now right? Not at all. The truth is, you can never know someone's life based off pixels and 150 characters.

In the show, Joe was able to recognize this and he questioned who Beck truly was.

5. There are many reasons for a public account. 

You might be thinking that people who have public accounts want to be seen and this was Joe's assumption on Beck. But the truth is there are many reasons for a public account, but this does not mean a person is asking to be stalked.

6. Well it's creepy. 

Social media can be creepy, but the truth is that it also attracts creepy people who can easily enter your life uninvited.

7. There's a point where it goes too far. 

Whether this is you posting something offensive to a certain person or group of people, there's a point where things go too far. It's a blurry line but it exists. There is also a point where it goes too far when you're able to list that persons entire family.

In the show, yeah Joe took it way too far.

8. Lots of things can be deceiving. 

A happy smile? A happy place? A happy life? The truth is everything can be deceiving.

As we see in the show, Joe is able to uncover the lies and fake images being portrayed by almost everyone.

9. No password? BIG NO NO. 

If your password is 123! then that's a big no. The stronger the password, the better protected you are.

In the show, Joe is able to steal Beck's phone, and with her lack of password, he was able to keep up with everything she did and said. CREEPY.

10. Once it's out there, you can't get it back. 

Most people think if they delete a post after a few hours they get to erase it completely. The truth is, more people have viewed that picture than perhaps liked it. And once you place something on the web, it never goes away.

11. Yeah people can easily hack into your account. 

You may never think anyone would ever hack into your account, but it happens..... a lot.

In the show, Joe is easily able to get into Becks and her former boyfriends account easily.

12. Some see social media as a big competition. 

The truth is, a lot of social media is seen as a competition to see who is 'happier' and it has this sort of mindset that 'my life is better than yours'.

In the show, Joe sees that Beck's friends only post their most flattering pictures and luxury items. And by observing them, he sees that there are more problems in the friendship than it appears to be.

13. People will judge you, no matter who you are. 

Bikini pic or fully covered? Yea people are still going to judge you no matter what. The truth is you're never going to be able to please everyone.

14. A private account doesn't mean other's can't see your posts. 

Big surprise but screen-shotting and screen-recording are more popular than ever and almost all phones have these features.

15. Not everyone is a friend. 

How many people know all 10,000 of their followers? The truth of the matter is that not everyone is a friend. The truth is that all people do not have the same intentions.

As seen in the show, Joe sees that Beck's friends are not as loyal as they appear. You can even say that Joe isn't seen as a friend in the beginning with all the digging he's doing.

We've heard it since social media was introduced in our lives and the truth is to be cautious about what you post online. Because you never know who is watching YOU.

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