Big Mouth is an adult animated sitcom on Netflix. A coming of age story about 2 best friends, Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman. The duo and the rest of their friends are beginning to enter tweenage years and must struggle with their hormonal changes that are starting to occur. As they enter puberty, The Hormone Monster and The Hormone Monstress guide them on their awkward journey to adulthood.
Once I saw who was signed on to do voices, I knew it was going to be a favorite. The voice cast is packed with talented comedians and it pays off. Nick (Kroll) and Andrew’s (Mulaney) banter back and forth about their inaccurate knowledge on adult subject matters is hilarious. All the characters are as memorable as the two leads. The comedy works as a reminder of how puberty is the worst while at the same time normalizing topics that society sometimes considers too taboo to talk about. The sitcom has crude humor that some might find offensive, but for me it works perfectly. To be honest, the level of offensive humor isn’t much worse that what you have seen or heard on South Park. The artwork is great and fits the tone of the series. The script is teeming with intelligent writing as it weaves jokes and serious moments flawlessly.
Big Mouth deserves more recognition as its one of the best animated sitcoms I’ve seen. There are serious lessons in each episode, but just done in a way that’s not heavy handed. The adult humor can get crude, but it never feels over the top for the tone of the series. The quality of the 1st season leaves me looking forward to the 2nd season.
MPAA Rating: TV-MA
Episodes: 10 (1st season)
Series Creator: Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett
Writing: Warren Ellis
Cast: Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and Jordan Peele
Producers: Toshiyuki Hiruma, Brad Graeber, and Jason Williams
Production Companies: Danger Goldberg Productions, Good at Bizness, Fathouse Industries and Titmouse