There are just too many things to watch on TV right now. You know it, I know it, the whole world knows it. A show must impress me right off the bat, or else I start wondering if my time is better spent on something else. There are still programs that hold my attention hostage these days, but those series are few and far between. So, when I find one of those shows, all I want to do is climb the tallest mountain and sing its praises. Netflix’s animated series Big Mouth is one of those programs.
This morning Netflix announced that they signed Brutus Pink, the newly formed animation production company (comprised of Big Mouth’s creative team) to a multi-year deal. Netflix has picked up Big Mouth’s 4th, 5th, and 6th seasons as part of the deal. With Tuca & Bertie’s abrupt cancellation after only one season, I’m thrilled to hear Big Mouth will remain in my life for a few more years.
Big Mouth is one of the raunchiest shows on TV, and at first glance, it doesn’t look like a lot is going on below the surface. The show is a comedy about a group of middle-school-aged friends who are starting to hit puberty. It’s crude, vulgar, and packed with dick jokes and references to bodily fluids. Despite the cutesy animation, you don’t want to let young ones watch this show.
Once you watch a handful of episodes you can tell the series’ creators put a lot of thought into the premise. First off, the cast is so talented it’s not even fair, and they breath life into the characters. There are legit comedic geniuses on the roster; Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen, are all capable of headlining their own series. But most importantly, they bring a level of sensitivity to the characters.
What makes the show stand out is how sweet and earnest it is. No child is ever ready for their body to hit puberty; it’s like your brain pulls a lever that sets your hormones to warp nine. It’s an awkward, scary, funny, embarrassing, and thrilling time in your life. Factor in how society is too embarrassed to talk about sex openly, and there are layers of shame, guilt, and confusion that we experience during the process. Big Mouth captures those feelings perfectly, literally embodying the kids’ sexual impulses as shameless hormone monsters.
The show is at once, hilarious, heart-warming, and cringe-worthy, and offers one of the most honest portrayals of adolescence I’ve ever seen. Had there been a show like Big Mouth when I was 13, I could have had more open dialogues about dealing with my own hormone monster.
Big Mouth synopsis:
Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty in this edgy comedy from real-life pals Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg.
Big Mouth is currently available to stream on Netflix.