Netflix’s BOJACK HORSEMAN vs. Hulu’s THE AWESOMESOctober 01, 2014
Netflix and Hulu have both drastically stepped up their original programming in the past few years. Netflix received a combined 17 nominations for the 2014 Emmys. Hulu offers 39 original series, with every single episode of those available to binge-watch.
And people are binge-watching. Viewers are able to rifle through a series in an immersive and captivating way to engage an audience. Audiences don’t want to make a weekly commitment to a series for six months, when they can knock out a season in a weekend.
The two preeminent streaming video services are targeting young with their original programming. At the risk of losing viewership, Netflix and Hulu have turned to animated comedies.
The animated comedy series has a come a long way. There’s the big three; “The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” “South Park.” Then there’s everything from “Spongebob Squarepants” to “Futurama” to “Beavis and Butt-head” and “King of the Hill.”
“The Simpsons” just began its twenty-sixth season. “South Park” is already at season 18 “Family Guy” is up to season 13. The millennial audience enjoys these show so much because of how easy they are to watch and how little they ask of the viewer. They’re pure entertainment. This is a concept that Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim has been able to capitalize on since 2005.
“The Awesomes” and “BoJack Horseman” try to capture the magic those shows did.
Hulu’s “The Awesomes” boasts an incredible cast. Seth Meyers stars, backed up by Ike Barinholtz, Taran Killam, Bobby Lee, Kenan Thompson, Rashida Jones, Bobby Moynihan and Josh Meyers. Bill Hader, Rachel Dratch, Cecily Strong, Steve Higgins, Will Forte, Amy Poehler, Colin Quinn and Maya Rudolph all have arcs on the series.
“The Awesomes” (Hulu)
As Prock, Meyers voices the son of the greatest superhero of all time, Mr. Awesome, voiced by Higgins. After Mr. Awesome retires at the age of 90, his super superhero team, the Awesomes, disbands when Prock volunteers himself to lead the team. Prock then has to put together a rag-tag group that has to earn respect. Prock is nothing like his father. The only thing he can do is pause time, but people don’t know he can do that because they can’t see him doing it.
Netflix’s “BoJack Horseman” also has an all-star cast. Will Arnett leads the main cast that’s rounded out by Amy Sedaris, Alison Brie, Paul F. Tompkins and Aaron Paul. Patton Oswalt, Stanley Tucci, JK Simmons, Cedric Yarbrough, Wendie Malick, Olivia Wilde, Yvette Nicole Brown, Ken Jeong, Jon Daly, Judy Greer, Anjelica Huston, Chris Parnell, Kristin Chenoweth, Horatio Sanz, Stephen Colbert, John Krasinski, Aisha Tyler, Melissa Leo, Wallace Shawn and Naomi Watts have guest roles.
“BoJack Horseman (Netflix)
Arnett’s BoJack is a washed up TV star that deals with
public relations nightmares, relationship problems and a drinking problem. He’s also a horse.