“BoJack Horseman”—everyone’s favorite cartoon about a wealthy, depressive horse—has returned to Netflix for a third season. As any fan will tell you, the show centers on the trials and tribulations of the erstwhile star of “Horsin’ Around,” a 90’s sitcom about a groovy single horse who adopts two adorable orphans. The show follows BoJack as he revives his career and learns important lessons: about life, about family, about himself. One of its major story arcs hinges on BoJack’s memoirs and his relationship with his ghost-writer, Diane. As evidenced by the following list, not every sitcom star has such trouble getting their words on paper. Here are more than 20 books from sitcom stars of the 80s and 90s, linked to their Booklist reviews whenever possible.
Don’t Stand Too Close to a Naked Man by Tim Allen
“This is another differences-between-the-sexes-har-har book, and we can’t get enough of those, can we?” —Booklist
Roseannearchy by Roseanne Barr
“[Roseanne] has much wisdom to impart in her still raucous, laugh-out-loud, black-humored voice.” —Booklist
Beyond the Sling by Mayim Bialik
As soon as Blossom escaped from under that huge hat, she went and got a PhD and a became a proponent of attachment parenting. OK!
A Fine Romance by Candace Bergen
“A disarming and refreshing read.” —Booklist
Delta Style by Delta Burke
Still Growing by Kirk Cameron
How to Raise Kids that Don’t Hate You by Alan Thicke
The “Growing Pains” team—particularly Thicke—has been quite prolific in the realm of books. No blurred lines here: the Seaver pater has made a nice writing career for himself. As for Kirk, what can we say?
The Gift of Life by Gary Coleman
Gift of yikes, amirite?
Happy Chaos by Soleil Moon Frye
Are all women who survived child stardom without becoming drug addicts obligated to write parenting books?
Oceana by Ted Danson
“Versatile television and film actor Danson grew up in Arizona, where he learned to treasure the beauty, spirit, and science of nature. But how did a child of the desert become a champion of the sea?” —Booklist
I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had by Tony Danza
Safe at Home by Alyssa Milano
“The Who’s the Boss? star, who had long dreamed of teaching English, suffered reality checks so brutal he regularly broke down in tears.” —Booklist
Also, Alyssa Milano wrote a book about baseball.
Behind the Bell by Dustin Diamond
Lucky Man by Michael J. Fox
“Fans are treated to Fox’s revelatory recollections about his life and career, including his well-publicized battles with alcoholism and Parkinson’s disease.” —Booklist
So Far by Kelsey Grammer
Memo to any book designers who may be reading this: Please bring this cover style back. Please. I will send you the colored pencils myself.
High On Arrival by Mackenzie Phillips
Losing It by Valerie Bertinelli
While Mackenzie had but one tale to tell, Valerie wrote a sequel to her first memoir (called Finding It, duh) as well as a cookbook tie-in to her show on the Food Network.
Seinlanguage by Jerry Seinfeld
It’s a book, Jerry! A book!
Unsweetined by Jodie Sweetin
Dirty Daddy by Bob Saget
How did one sitcom result in the best title on this list and the worst?
Permanent Midnight by Jerry Stahl
Although Jerry Stahl doesn’t technically belong on this list—he was a writer for ALF, not one of its stars—his memoir bears mentioning because it’s one of my favorites, not least because it confirmed my suspicion that whomever wrote ALF was on crack.