From the bonkers minds of Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg, Netflix’s original animated series Big Mouth began streaming season 2 October 5th and continued to push the boundaries of what animates shows can actually depict.
After the *ahem* raunchiness of S1, was it any surprise that S2 pulled out all the stops and gave us even more laughs, gasps and some incredibly insightful views on sexuality, puberty and even depression.
While the Hormone Monster continues to bother and inflame Andrew, Jessi’s own Hormone Monstress (voiced by the goddess herself, Maya Rudolph. We stan.) wreaks havoc on Jessi’s volatile home life. After her parents’ marriage implodes and Jessi discovers her mother having an affair with the Cantor from her family’s synagogue, Hormone Monstress encourages her to run wild. And run wild she does. From physically running away to sampling her father’s stash of edibles to going on a shoplifting spree, Jessi is out of control. It’s not until she’s physiologically restrained by Depression Kitty in the final episode that Jessi takes back her life. She seeks out a therapist with her mom and begins to reshape and take control of herself.
As for those nasty little boys…they’re still nasty little boys. Andrew’s growth spurt leaves him 5 inches taller than everyone else on average and about 20 lbs heavier. Puberty also gives him facial hair, which he has no clue how to handle. Big Mouth does a really strong job of showing their characters in all stages of puberty: Andrew and Jay (raging), Jessi (beginning), Missy and Nick (barely there). The show has never shied away from gross out humor and they really go for it in season 2. Jay and his special pillow Pam’s relationship is the perfect example of this. It is ludicrous and ridiculous to see him putting warm soup inside the pillow and doing… inappropriate things with said pillow but somehow the show makes it worse. It’s totes gross but it works.
As for Nick: the jealousy he feels over Andrew growing up (and the physical manifestation of that) is so real for a lot of kids at that stage. If you’re the runt of your class and your BFF is suddenly a giant, you more than likely will feel a certain type of way. Big Mouth shows their characters embracing those feelings and keeping it absolutely real. It’s reality-based, animation style.
Big Mouth won’t be everyone’s cup o’tea. I must admit, I’d never seen the show until I saw someone on the Twitter.com mention Maya Rudolph voicing a few of the characters. After binging both seasons in about a week, I can say it’s rooted in filthy Mcnasty humor but there’s a strong underlying theme in a lot of it.
If anything, watch it for Hormone Monstress and the way she says “bubba baff.”
You can stream Big Mouth seasons 1 and 2 on Netflix.