Few sitcoms are as consistently funny as BoJack Horseman, which offers that rare combination of smart character-based humor, sight gags, and hilarious one-liners. It's a testament to the writing staff — led by creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg, with production designer Lisa Hanawalt responsible for most of the background jokes — that the show provides so many laughs...and never at the cost of story. There is something especially satisfying about a show that finds the right balance between jokes and storytelling, a task sitcoms often fumble.
In some ways, BoJack could be compared to a half-hour HBO comedy: Certainly, it has similar dramatic elements, and an open-ended approach to narrative that contrasts with the traditional sitcom desire to wrap everything up in under 30 minutes. But it's also funnier than your standard HBO comedy — it has pathos, yes, but that doesn't mean it's above an easy laugh.