Puberty, periods and penises. Three words that aptly sum up Netflix’s original, animated comedy Big Mouth from creators Andrew Goldberg and Nick Kroll. You may be familiar with these two from Comedy Central’s Kroll Show, or appearances on popular shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
This cartoon sitcom is aimed at adults and revolves around stories from Goldberg and Kroll’s own teenage years in the suburbs of New York, as they navigated new-found territories of relationships, sexuality and friendship. Think of it as a cross between Family Guy (which Goldberg writes for) and Rick and Morty: the first for its sharp, crude humour, and the second for its amusing surrealism.
Flying cartoon genitalia, talking pillows and the ghost of Duke Ellington are all recurring features of the series. This absurdity is placed against a backdrop of everyday, pubescent struggles, which is ultimately from where the main appeal of the show stems. Its undeniably relatable, as puberty and its downfalls are experiences that everyone can identify with, allowing the audience to feel some connection with the show as a result.
Due to the subject matter, the episodes are occasionally vulgar but don’t be put off by this! In spite of the comic crudity, there remains an underlying charm to the characters and their stories. Particular favourites of mine are the characters of the Hormone Monsters, who act as the ‘devils’ on the kids’ shoulders, urging them to do inappropriate things and have raging hormonal fits at their friends and family, something I can definitely relate to!
Big Mouth’s ten episodes are each only an hour long and have received critical acclaim across the board; with a second series in the pipeline for next year, you don’t want to miss out!