Big Mouth

By Elizabeth Flatley

Big Mouth, an adult coming of age Netflix original, created by Andrew Goldberg, also the same creator of Family Guy, and screen directed and written by Nick Kroll, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett. This series consists of an awkward group of 7th graders, mainly including Nick Birch and his best friend, Andrew Glouberman. The two boys embark on adventures and navigate through the dilemmas and problems that occur in the suburbs of New York. The over-sexualized, raunchy hormone monsters Maurice and Connie act as angels sitting on the students’ shoulders as they convince their kids to embrace their desires and wildest dreams. Big Mouth’s simple animation and adult humour gives an inside perspective to the messiness and chaotic adolescence. Throughout each series, the kids interact with people and objects that lead them through puberty by giving them awful, confusing, and sometimes helpful advice. The relatable stories of puberty help give insight to the kids’ point of view while discovering sexuality, drugs, and going through family dilemmas like divorce. The show is targeted for adults, but has meaningful lessons that might appeal to the teens of Netflix. The TV show itself is pretty graphic and the content can be disturbing for some, but puberty has been a “taboo” subject for a while. There should not be any fear going into watching it since everything that happens is not awfully exaggerated, but real and relatable. Giving insight to teens and tweens,  the TV show describes how we are changing. This show has a specific kind of humor, but explaining and exposing kids to subjects and adult conversations should not be taboo, it should be the norm. The diversity of the characters give the show some flavor as different people react differently to the common process of puberty.  The show spells out the horrors of 7th grade with personification of hormones to help understand their pubescent behavior and the confusion of relationships with peers as they all go through changes. Big Mouth, although not appropriate for all ages, teaches kids and teens that despite whatever things they are unsure about with their bodies, they are completely normal. This explicit show gives comfort to many–from the awkward characters to the outspoken ladybug–giving Big Mouth a wider audience.