Crazy Ex-Girlfriend might be one of the best musical comedies on TV.But it's not the show's hysterical musical numbers that landed it on our list; it's the honest and sometimes brutally real depictions of anxiety and depression.
As far as we know, there hasn't been a cartoon character since Eeyore who's dealt with depression. Aside from being a talking horse who was once a famous sitcom actor, this may be Bojack's biggest standout characteristic.
It's not just Bojack who suffers from supposed mental illness. Diane (one of the show's other main characters) also dealt with situational depression in season two after leaving what she thought was going to be her dream job when it turned out to be a disaster.
None of the characters in Bojack are ever outright diagnosed with mental illness. However, many viewers who suffer alone might be able to relate to that, which makes this show's depiction of mental health extra helpful.
For close to two seasons, viewers have watched Edgar, one of the show's lead characters, struggle alone with PTSD after returning from combat... That is until Gretchen's admission of depression in season two.
In an interesting move, You're The Worst didn't reveal one of their main character's depression until season two. While some critics might have had a problem with this, it may have actually helped regular people who were struggling with depression and unaware of it.
If you haven't been lucky enough to know the name Maria Bamford before Lady Dynamite, you should be glad you do now. Bamford has been delivering the laughs for decades with her heartfelt and outrageous goofy stand-up routine.
Bamford has been very open about her mental health struggles; she was diagnosed as bipolar a few years back. She actually took less money while filming LD to have a shorter production schedule, giving herself more time to rest between shooting days. “It’s to preserve mental health,” said Bamford.
Not only did Bamford go out of her way to showcase her struggle of mental illness onscreen, but she's open about her offscreen struggles as well. “Whenever I found out that someone, whether it’s a public figure or somebody in my personal life told me that they had experiences similar to mine, I felt so much relief,” said Bamford. “So I think, I would like to provide that for somebody else. It’s definitely becoming less and less of a stigma than it was, which is so great.”