‘BoJack Horseman' Takes Dark, Funny, Unclassifiable TV to the Next Level

‘BoJack Horseman’ Takes Dark, Funny, Unclassifiable TV to the Next Level

The past year’s slate of TV shows awakened a burst of creative thinking in Emmy voters that seemed all but impossible, given the vast expanse of slots usually reserved for the previous year’s nominees. There were a few predictable yawners, like an outstanding drama nod to Downton Abbey that should have gone to UnREAL (or Billions or Outlander or Halt and Catch Fire or The Path), but the high-profile nominations for Mr. Robot, The Americans and black-ish show that the Television Academy is actually capable of communing with the critical zeitgeist. It’s never too early to start campaigning for 2017, and the category most in need of a snort of Mr. Robot’s Adderall is outstanding animated series, one of the few categories that puts comedy and drama on an even plane. Four shows—Archer, Bob’s Burgers, South Park and The Simpsons—are wry adult comedies made with traditional animation and story structures. Comedy has changed a lot in the last five years and a whole lot since the…