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‘BoJack Horseman’ Season 5 Guest Stars: A Visual Guide to Who Played Who in Hollywoo

Notable appearances include Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo, Hong Chau, Bobby Cannavale, and CHARACTER ACTRESS MARGO MARTINDALE.

BoJack Horseman Season 5 Episode 11

“BoJack Horseman”


Welcome back to this amazing animated universe! As with previous seasons, “BoJack Horseman” continued to astound us with the level of voice talent brought into play; new cast members this year include Oscar winners, comedy legends, family members, and meta commentaries on the series. Below is a look at both the new and returning faces featured this year, all of which were wonderful contributors to one of our favorite shows.

[Editor’s note: Mild spoilers follow for “BoJack Horseman” Season 5.]

Returning Characters

Rami Malek – Flip McVickers

Rami Malek

We met the creator and showrunner of “Philbert” in Season 4, but Malek really gets a chance to shine here as Flip descends into full-fledged megalomania.

Natalie Morales – Yolanda Buenaventura

Natalie Morales

Todd’s seemingly perfect partner in asexuality returns this year, a brutal reminder that just because someone shares your preferences doesn’t mean they’re ultimately a good match.

Kimiko Glenn – Stefani Stilton

Kimiko Glenn

The founder of Girl Croosh is still Crooshing it.

Angela Bassett – Ana Spanikopita

BoJack’s former PR rep returns with a brutal revelation, because no one can escape their past in the end.

Cedric Yarbrough – Officer Meow Meow Fuzzyface

This loose cannon plays by his own rules, even when he’s “undercover.”

Ken Jeong – Dr. Hu

Last seen in Season 1 (which led to no shortage of delightful “Doctor Who” references), the return of Dr. Hu in Season 5 meant a sad reminder of Sarah Lynn’s loss that may have contributed to BoJack’s emotional state in Episode 10.

Abbi Jacobson – Emily

Emily has always been a major part of Todd’s backstory, but it’s nice to see them try to figure out how to be friends, now that he’s openly asexual.

Keith Olbermann – Tom Jumbo-Grumbo

Trust MSNBSea’s erstwhile anchor to get involved with the latest controversies.

Lake Bell – Katrina Peanutbutter

Jessica Biel – Herself

Lake Bell

Jessica Biel

In the brilliantly-titled episode “Mr. Peanutbutter’s Boos,” Mr. Peanutbutter’s first two ex-wives return with period-appropriate Halloween costumes and key realizations about why, exactly, his marriages all seem to crumble.

Aparna Nancherla – Hollyhock Manheim-Mannheim-Guerrero-Robinson-Zilberschlag-Hsung-Fonzerelli-McQuack

Aparna Nancherla

BoJack’s half-sister makes a few appearances through the season, and she’s lovely as always, even if she remains scarred by the events of last season.

As Themselves

Laura Linney

The premise of Laura Linney’s movie in this context is amazing and it would be very nice if it were one day made. Also, as always, points to the stars who appear as themselves on this show, because no matter what, something weird will be asked of them.

Mark Feuerstein

The “Royal Pains” and “In Her Shoes” star quoting the Torah to defend Vance Waggoner’s anti-Semetism is the sort of lovely insider touch this show excels at including.

Character Actress Margo Martindale

As always, HELL YES.

New Characters

Stephanie Beatriz – Gina Cazador

It might seem like typecasting to cast the actress best known as tough cop Rosa Diaz on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as the actress who plays tough cop Sassy Malone on “Philbert,” but not only does she deliver a beautifully nuanced performance, but demonstrates some impressive range — including a lovely singing voice.

Whoopi Goldberg – Mikaela

She only sticks around for a bit, but much like Princess Carolyn, we wish we’d had more time with this life-affirming adoption worker.

Randall Park – American Tourist

Episode 2 of Season 5, “The Dog Days Are Gone,” made some interesting choices when it comes to race-bending, and right up there is casting the always wonderful Randall Park as a white American tourist who seems not to be able to understand Diane in Vietnam.

James Duval – The Grip

Duval is also featured in Episode 2, and while not explicitly white, casting him as a bald eagle who also happens to be a grip working on Laura Linney’s new movie is a pretty clear indicator of what’s implied.

Hong Chau – Pickles

Anyone who doesn’t want only good things for Pickles is a monster. She may be the worst sort of example of Millennial, but she also clearly has a lovely heart, and hopefully becoming Mrs. Peanutbutter #4 won’t be too tough for her.

John Leguizamo – Mr. Buenaventura

Honestly, given John Leguizamo’s already impressive resume, the fact that he’s not a bestselling author of erotic novels in real life is a bit of a shock.

Eva Longoria – Mrs. Buenaventura

Just great casting, especially given the direction this farce takes.

Bobby Cannavale – Vance Waggoner

It’s fair to be concerned that Bobby Cannavale might be in danger of getting typecast as a #MeToo avatar, with this as well as his role in “Master of None” Season 2. Fingers crossed his character in “Homecoming” helps him escape that trope.

David Sedaris – Mother Carolyn

Amy Sedaris’ brother is an acclaimed writer who narrates his own memoirs for audiobook purposes, and when doing so, will go into character as his own mother, deceased now for several years. So holy crap, casting him as the mother of Princess Carolyn (played by Amy Sedaris) is just an amazing choice.

Brian Tyree Henry – Cooper Thomas Rogers Wallace Jr.

As the answering machine tape empire’s scion/rising teenage football star, Henry’s aw-shucks delivery is simply perfect.

Daveed Diggs – Cooper Thomas Rogers Wallace Sr.

Diggs and Henry, for the record, are the exact same age, which makes their father/son casting pretty funny — yet both men slip pretty seamlessly into the roles, and Diggs makes the most of that incredible monologue about Princess Carolyn’s potential future.

Jaime Pressly – Sadie

The “My Name is Earl” star brought authentic Southern charm to the role.

Issa Rae – Indira

Being a therapist seems like a difficult profession, and even more difficult when BoJack — sorry, “BoBo the Angsty Zebra” — is one of your clients.

Wanda Sykes – Mary Beth

Also not easy? Having to negotiate a feud between Princess Carolyn and Todd Chavez. Much sympathy to this married couple, dealing with these folk.

Audra McDonald – Nun

Deliberate shout-out to Audra’s role in the live “Sound of Music”? We can hope so.

Gabe Kaplan – Abe Ziegler

Richard Lewis – Ziggy Abler

These two make for an amazing paring, as proven by their character names. May we all be able to overcome longtime grudges the way these two veteran comedy writers can.

Isiah Whitlock, Jr. – What Time Is It Right Now CEO

The only flaw in Whitlock’s appearance here is that he never gets to say “Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.” But we will forgive the show this oversight.

“BoJack Horseman” Season 5 is streaming now on Netflix.

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