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Netflix has really outdone themselves with this one. If you really wanna know how deeply humiliating, awkward & frustrating the phase of puberty truly is, then I’d have to say Big Mouth has it down packed, with a touch of comedy of course. The series is based on a couple of the creators – Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s pre-teen years. Geez, if these guys really experienced the wrath of what is known as “The Hormone Monster”, then I wish them nothing but luck with this series. I don’t know if it’s possible to simply sum up such an insane story of tweenage troubles, but I’m willing to attempt.
First off, talking genitalia?! What about monsters named Maurice who pressures you to participate in hormonal urges like masturbation – even if you’re having a sleepover with your friend and they’re laying like.. RIGHT THERE. Can’t forget about the Hormone Monstress who’s preying on the female characters and encouraging their hormonal rage.
“Listen to me. You wanna shoplift lipstick. You wanna listen to Lana Del Rey on repeat while you cut up all your T-shirts. You wanna scream at your mother then laugh at her tears!”
Maya Rudolph as Connie the Hormone Monstress
These are definitely things that are out of the ordinary and is shock value material. Well, Big Mouth premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017, and there’s no doubt that it caused some shock, along with other emotions. The show surrounds the lives of Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman, two best pals who are just trying to figure out just what the heck is happening to their bodies. While pushing through their awkward puberty years, they are accompanied by other friends Jessi, Jay, and Missy – who are dealing with “the changes” as well. Season one introduced us to Andrew’s conflict with the Hormone Monster and Nick not knowing how to deal with the fact that his best friend Andrew has grown “bigger” than him in certain places. This causes conflict between the two. The season went on to tackle other topics such as menstruation, sexuality, hormonal rage, y’know… the usual stuff that can be a huge pain to deal with starting in your tweenage years.
There has been some mixed reviews & unfavorable opinions about the show’s animation, but overall Big Mouth is doing outstanding. It currently has a 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media gave it a 4/5. The show is entertaining and has a great cast on their hands, some notable ones including (but not limited to) Jenny Slate (as Missy), Jordan Peele (as The Ghost of Duke Ellington, Freddie Mercury, etc.), Maya Rudolph (as Diane Birch, Connie the Hormone Monstress, etc.), Fred Armisen (as Elliot Birch, Bus Driver, etc.), and Kristen Bell (as Jay’s pillow). Netflix gets a lot of hype for their live-action original series, so it’ll be exciting to see Big Mouth dominate the streaming service in the animation department. If you’re done with season one and ready to see more Big Mouth in the future, you’re in luck because the series was just renewed for a second season that will air in 2018.