Big Mouth tackles taboo topics comically

By Ethan C. Miller, Staff Writer


Take health class, a course that tackles many of the awkward need-to-knows of puberty and teenage life, add a ton of dirty humor, stick it into an animated show and get the final result known as “Big Mouth.”


Co-created by childhood friends Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, along with Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, the ten-episode Netflix series hilariously covers the ins-and-outs of becoming a physical adult.


Typical middle-school-aged friends Nick Birch (Nick Kroll) and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney) go through the motions of middle-school-life in the suburbs of New York City as they begin to notice changes among themselves and their peers.


The show wastes no time getting to the awkwardness of puberty, as it opens up to Nick and Andrew learning about the female reproductive system in health class. This leads to the first appearance of Maurice (Nick Kroll), the Hormone Monster. Since he is only visible to Andrew, the Hormone Monster is able to pave way to more of the non-filtered, perverted humor that makes the show so brilliant.


The Hormone Monster is one of many fantasized ways that Kroll and the other writers inform Nick, Andrew and friends about the changes happening to them. These characters, including Connie the Hormone Monstress (Maya Rudolph), the Ghost of Duke Ellington (Jordan Peele) and Lady Liberty (Nick Kroll), prove necessary to the show, as they give advice that sets the kids up for both the successes and embarrassments that many go through at that age.


Each episode explores a different topic of puberty, ranging from hookups all the way to the menstrual cycle. The various topics allow each episode to have new material, and not just the same recycled plots and jokes each time.


The show’s magnitude of raunchiness and general awkwardness of learning about the human body brings about the show’s only apparent flaw: it is difficult to watch in the company of others. However, its numerous laugh-out-loud moments and evolving characters will make you want to keep watching no matter how awkward it makes you feel.


The creators’ use of simple animation is yet another positive of the show. The non-busy look of the show makes it easier and more fun to watch.


Due to the success of the first season released Sept. 29, “Big Mouth” has been renewed for a second season and will be released in 2018.


The overall awkwardness for the viewer in “Big Mouth” is outweighed by the incredible raunchy humor, dynamic, relatable characters and a continuously fresh story line.


“Big Mouth” is a brilliant take on the lives of middle-school-aged kids who are trying to figure out the wonders and horrors of growing up. Whether it’s one episode at a time or a five-hour binge, “Big Mouth” is worth watching again and again.