‘Big Mouth’ // Puberty Makes Comedy Gold
Put a bunch of dick jokes, musical numbers, and the curse of puberty together, and you get the show Big Mouth. The second season of the show dropped on October 5th of this year on Netflix, and it is created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett. The show dives headfirst into the experience of life as puberty hits and hormones start flowing.
The show follows Andrew and Nick, two best friends that try to navigate their first year of middle school. The two main characters are fictionalized experiences of creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s lives growing up in New York. Hormone monsters are introduced in the first season, and they are assigned to each child as they help them along their way through puberty. They come up randomly and wreak havoc in everyone’s life. The hormone monsters are a great way to express the horrors of puberty, especially since no one has control over it. Puberty is simply a thing that everyone must endure.
The shows makes you laugh at the ridiculousness of puberty and shows that everyone goes through it, for better or for worse. It gives you the permission to laugh at the terrible things that happened while we all were going through this time in our lives. And while going through puberty, everything that happened seemed to be the biggest possible disaster in the world, but once you grow up and look back on it, you realize how ridiculous it actually was. The show is as universal as it gets because everyone can relate to growing up and all the things that come along with it—it’s a universal thing that binds us all together.
With characters Missy and Jessi, the shows dives into the female perspective about puberty and comments on how the male experience is always portrayed better than the female counterparts about discovering yourself and your sexuality. For example, Andrew sings a number with the ghost of Freddie Mercury, voiced by Jordan Peele, about being gay. In fact, there is a musical number in almost every episode of the show.
The show also dives in to what it is to be a man, and calls out his bad behavior that should be stopped in the formative years. There’s an episode in the first season that deals with a guy trying to head push Nick’s sister into giving him a blow job at a high school party. The characters talk about this incident at the party and how pressuring someone into doing something isn’t cool. Thus, the show talked about consent, but made it into a casual conversation—like how it should be talked about in real life and not be ignored.
For being so raunchy, the show actually has a wonderful message behind it, which is you should love your body—no matter what stage in life. Everyone is different and there’s beauty in that. There’s an episode in the second season where Missy’s mom takes Missy and Jessi to a Korean bath house, and Jessi’s hormone monster sings a musical number about how all women should love their bodies—no matter what size, color, or how many wrinkles it has; it shows that all bodies are beautiful and you should love yourself for who you are.
With the presence of the Shame Wizard in the second season, the nemesis of the hormone monsters, the sixth graders learn that they shouldn’t be ashamed of who they are or what their bodies are going through because your body is something you should not be ashamed of.
This raunchy comedy will make you laugh as much as it will make you cringe, and if that doesn’t make you want to watch it, there’s also the ghost of Duke Ellington that lives in Nick’s attic…Who wouldn’t want to watch the ghost of Duke Ellington give advice to sixth graders?