Did You Catch The Subtle ‘Breaking Bad’ Reference in The First Trailer for Netflix’s Animated Series ‘BoJack Horseman’?

By June 3, 2014

Netflix has had their own original series for a while now, but the popularity of “House of Cards,” “Orange Is The New Black,” and the wave of publicity surrounding season 4 of the resurrected “Arrested Development” brought them to the forefront of the pop culture conversation when it comes to television. Now the company is getting into animation, and their first effort – a bizarre-looking show called “BoJack Horseman” – has received its first trailer. Take a look below:


My gut reaction? I actually really like it. The concept isn’t the most original thing we’ve ever seen (after all, we basically saw the same kind of thing in Seth MacFarlane’s Ted), but even in just this quick look, it sounds like Will Arnett is a great fit for this character, and I love the weirdness of talking animals interacting with people in animated form like this. That kind of thing doesn’t often work that well in live action, but it looks like it could be really funny here.

Arnett’s not the only one to be excited about, though: “Breaking Bad” star Aaron Paul co-stars, playing up his Jesse Pinkman persona by being drawn as a hoodie and beanie wearing scruffy dude. There’s also a pretty great subtle “Breaking Bad” shout-out in this trailer: it opens with BoJack on Charlie Rose, and then cuts to him watching Charlie Rose in a bar, just as Walter White saw Gretchen and Elliot on Charlie Rose in a bar in the penultimate episode of Vince Gilligan’s AMC series. Also, in the header image above, you can see a horse staring down at another horse floating in a pool. That image is so specific, I’m confident in saying it has to be a “Breaking Bad” reference, shouting out to the episode “Salud,” in which Gus Fring gets his revenge against Don Eladio’s men poolside at the hacienda for killing his partner in the same spot years before. Not bad, Netflix. Here’s the official synopsis for the show:

Meet the most beloved sitcom horse of the ’90s … 20 years later. BoJack Horseman was the star of the hit TV show “Horsin’ Around,” but today he’s washed up, living in Hollywood, complaining about everything, and sometimes wearing colorful sweaters. Starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, and Aaron Paul. BoJack Horseman, A Netflix original series, launches on August 22 in all Netflix territories.

Are you interested in watching “BoJack Horseman”? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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    I wasn’t overly impressed with the first episode but Bojack has grown on
    me. I think it was the revelation in ep.5 of “Hey ma, Ben Affleck eats
    grapes” that had me. Even though it doesn’t live up to the hype if you
    ignore the list of ‘names’ (I only know Arnett & Paul) it’s quite
    enjoyable in its own little way. A lot of the negative reviews seem to
    be from people who didn’t really look beyond the surface.

    pick-up on the Charlie Rose interview, but the painting is a take on a
    well known piece, David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist, Pool with two
    figures (1972). Other BB refs include: Paul’s character being named
    Todd; the prison with white supremacists and shanking thing, the slow
    discovery of betrayal, and a whole slew of tiny little things relating
    to Jessie as Todd.

    Duckman it ain’t, but I do like it and I’m happy to hear it has been renewed.