Big Mouth (TV series)

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Big Mouth
Big Mouth logo.svg
Created by
Starring
Music by Mark Rivers
Opening theme "Changes" by Charles Bradley
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Nick Kroll
  • Andrew Goldberg
  • Mark Levin
  • Jennifer Flackett
Producer(s)
  • Nate Funaro
Running time 25–28 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Danger Goldberg Productions
  • Good at Bizness, Inc.
  • Fathouse Industries
  • Titmouse, Inc.
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release September 29, 2017 (2017-09-29) – present (present)
External links
Website

Big Mouth is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years growing up in Westchester County, New York, with Kroll voicing his fictional self. The first season consisting of ten episodes premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017. The second season also was released on October 5, 2018.

Summary[edit]

The series follows a group of 6th graders, including best friends Nick Birch and Andrew Glouberman, as they navigate their way through puberty, masturbation, and sexual arousal in the suburbs of New York City. Acting as sex-based shoulder angels are the hormone monsters: Maurice, who pesters Andrew and occasionally Nick and Jay; and Connie, who pesters Jessi and occasionally Missy. Throughout the series, the kids interact with people and objects who are personified in one way or another and offer helpful, albeit confusing, advice in their puberty-filled lives including the ghost of Duke Ellington, a French accented Statue of Liberty, a pillow capable of getting pregnant, and even Jessi's own genitals.

Cast[edit]

  • Nick Kroll[1] as:
    • Nick Birch, an almost-adolescent boy living with loving and overprotective parents. He also has an older brother named Judd and an older sister named Leah.
    • Maurice the Hormone Monster, a Will Arnett-sounding wild thing-type monster who follows Andrew around and is responsible for his brooding sexual desires, which frequently occur at inappropriate moments.
    • Coach Steve, the middle school gym class teacher, who is incompetent and overly talkative, often trying to get his colleagues—or even the students—to hang out (often to no avail). It is heavily implied that the coach may be mentally disabled; he cannot read. It is revealed in season 2 that he is a virgin, though he ultimately loses his virginity to Jay's mom, by whom he is sexually approached and with whom he has a one night stand.
    • Rick the Hormone Monster, an old, dysfunctional yet enthusiastic hormone monster who follows Coach Steve and later Nick.
    • Lola, an intense popular girl who is terrified of losing her social status and the approval of her best friend Devin.
    • The Jansen Twins, a pair of girls from the Netherlands who are new to the school.
    • Kroll also voices Lady Liberty, a ladybug, Joe Walsh, the ghosts of Picasso and Richard Burton, and Sylvester Stallone.
  • John Mulaney as Andrew Glouberman, a young boy who spends much of his time furtively masturbating.
    • Mulaney also voices Mint, Grandpa Andrew, Babe the Blue Ox, and Detective Florez.
  • Jessi Klein as Jessi Glaser, a sarcastic and smart girl. Her father, named Greg, is an unemployed stoner and her mother, named Shannon, is secretly dating another woman. She gets her period for the first time on a school trip to the Statue of Liberty. Though Jessi has kissed Nick before, specifically in the first episode "Ejaculation", she later has many French kissing make-out sessions with Jay. She, like Andrew, is Jewish, as she has a Bat Mitzvah in episode 9, "I Survived Jessi's Bat Mitzvah".
  • Jason Mantzoukas as Jay Bilzerian, an Armenian American boy who is obsessed with magic and sex. He has sex with a pillow that he made into a sex toy. His mom is mentally ill, his dad is a divorce lawyer, and his two older brothers are named Kurt and Val. He is obsessed with Nick's mother and father and wishes for a loving family.
    • Mantzoukas also voices the ghost of Socrates and Guy Bilzerian.
  • Jenny Slate as Missy Foreman-Greenwald, a girl who is nerdy and kind.
  • Fred Armisen as Elliot Birch, Nick's loving father, who frequently shares inappropriate stories.
    • Armisen also voices the ghost of Antonin Scalia, a bus driver, and Stavros.
  • Maya Rudolph as:
    • Diane Birch, Nick's loving mother, who babies him.
    • Connie the Hormone Monstress, who follows Jessi (and sometimes Missy and Nick) around and encourages her to embrace her wildest desires.
    • Rudolph also voices a bath mat and the ghosts of Elizabeth Taylor and Whitney Houston.
  • Jordan Peele as the Ghost of Duke Ellington, the late jazz musician whose spirit now lives in Nick's attic and sometimes offers him advice.

Recurring[edit]

  • Paula Pell as Barbara Glouberman, Andrew's mother.
  • Richard Kind as Marty Glouberman, Andrew's grumpy father and lover of scallops.
  • Andrew Rannells as Matthew, a flamboyantly gay student with a love of drama and spreading gossip.
  • June Diane Raphael as Devin, a popular student at the high school.
  • Gina Rodriguez as Gina Alvarez, a very physically developed girl on Missy and Jessi's soccer team whose sudden pubertal development causes a stir at school. (season 2)
  • John Gemberling as Security Guard/Tyler the Hormone Monster
  • David Thewlis as Shame Wizard, the Hormone Monster's mortal enemy who haunts the kids, stoking their deepest shame. (season 2)
  • Jak Knight as DeVon, the boyfriend of Devin and another popular student.
  • Neil Casey as Lars/Detective Dumont
  • Joe Wengert as Caleb, another 7th grader, possibly autistic.
  • Seth Morris as Greg Glaser, the perpetually stoned father of Jessi Glaser and the husband of Shannon Glaser.
  • Jessica Chaffin as Shannon Glaser, the mother of Jessi Glaser and the unfaithful wife of Greg Glaser.
  • Rob Huebel as Mr. Lizer
  • Kat Dennings as Leah Birch, the older sister of Nick Birch and younger sister of Judd Birch.
  • Kristen Bell as Pam the pillow/Uninterested Girl
  • Heather Lawless as Jenna Bilzerian
  • Chelsea Peretti as Monica Foreman-Greenwald
  • Mark Duplass as Val Bilzerian, an older, bullying brother to Jay Bilzerian. Duplass also voices a clerk.
  • Paul Scheer as Kurt Bilzerian, another older, bullying brother to Jay Bilzerian.
  • Nathan Fillion as himself
  • Kristen Wiig as Jessi's genitalia
  • Nasim Pedrad as Fatima, the female character in the book The Rock of Gibraltar.
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Gustavo, the male character in the book The Rock of Gibraltar.
  • Alia Shawkat as Roland, a friend of Nick Birch's who lives in Manhattan, New York.
  • Mae Whitman as Tallulah Levine, a friend of Leah's who takes a liking to Nick.
  • Zach Woods as Daniel, a boy Leah is interested in. Woods also voices a sock.
  • Jon Hamm as Scallops
  • Jack McBrayer as Nick's pubic hair #1
  • Craig Robinson as Nick's pubic hair #2
  • Jon Daly as Judd Birch, the dark yet caring older brother of Nick and Leah Birch, and the son of Diane and Elliot Birch.
  • Rosa Salazar as Miss Benitez, a 7th grade teacher.
  • Michaela Watkins as Cantor Dina Reznick, Shannon Glaser's love interest.
  • Jean Smart as Depression Kitty
  • Bobby Cannavale as Gavin the Hormone Monster

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Ejaculation"Joel MoserNick Kroll & Andrew Goldberg & Jennifer Flackett & Mark LevinSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
As Andrew falls under the spell of the Hormone Monster, Maury, his buddy Nick becomes obsessed with the lack of changes in his own body. The gang go to the school dance.
22"Everybody Bleeds"Bryan FrancisKelly GaluskaSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
A field trip goes from awkward to mortifying as Jessi is pressured into being Nick's girlfriend, then gets her first period—inside the Statue of Liberty.
33"Am I Gay?"Mike L. MayfieldJoe WengertSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
A trailer for a new movie starring The Rock leaves Andrew questioning his sexuality. Jessi and Nick's budding romance turns ugly fast.
44"Sleepover: A Harrowing Ordeal of Emotional Brutality"Joel MoserJess Dweck & Victor QuinazSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
While the boys head to Jay's for a testosterone-fueled sleepover, Jessi throws a party of her own and gets caught up in mean-girl drama.
55"Girls Are Horny Too"Bryan FrancisEmily AltmanSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
A steamy novel making the rounds at school inspires Jessi to explore her own sexuality—and leaves the boys totally confused about what girls want.
66"Pillow Talk"Mike L. MayfieldPeter A. KnightSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
Nick drags Andrew into the city to visit an old camp crush, but the day doesn't go as planned. Jay embarks on an emotional journey with his pillow.
77"Requiem for a Wet Dream"Joel MoserDuffy BoudreauSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
Andrew struggles to keep the Hormone Monster in check as he works with Missy on a science fair project. Jessi and Matthew have fun at Jay's expense.
88"The Head Push"Bryan FrancisEmily Altman & Jennifer Flackett & Mark LevinSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
When Leah hosts a party for the high school drama crowd, Nick wrestles with a romantic dilemma, and Andrew and Missy witness a disturbing scene.
99"I Survived Jessi's Bat Mitzvah"Mike L. MayfieldKelly GaluskaSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
Family blowups, secret liaisons and an unflattering dress make Jessi's bat mitzvah a night to remember.
1010"The Pornscape"Joel MoserGil OzeriSeptember 29, 2017 (2017-09-29)
Andrew tries to drown his sorrows in a sea of porn, only to become hopelessly addicted. Coach Steve becomes a suspect in a murder spree. Jessi and Jay run away together. Meanwhile, Andrew is arrested and goes to prison.

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Am I Normal?"Bob SuarezAndrew GoldbergOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
Andrew struggles to blend in after a growth spurt, Nick worries his hormones are out of whack, and Jessi and Jay get a taste of the teen runaway life.
122"What Is It About Boobs?"Bryan FrancisKelly GaluskaOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
A classmate's booming bosom sends the boys into a rapture -- and leaves the girls with a raging case of insecurity. Coach Steve drops a bombshell.
133"The Shame Wizard"Joel MoserVictor QuinazOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
As Nick tries to figure out whether he has a shot with Gina, a mortifying encounter with Leah sends Andrew into a spiral of shame.
144"Steve the Virgin"Bob SuarezJoe WengertOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
Coach Steve finally gets his chance to do sex on a lady, Nick and Andrew go on a double date, and Jessi's rebellious streak leads to trouble.
155"The Planned Parenthood Show"Bryan FrancisEmily AltmanOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
An argument in sex ed class turns into a skit-tastic journey through the worlds of Planned Parenthood, contraceptives, and STDs.
166"Drug Buddies"Joel MoserGil OzeriOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
Jessi and Nick dip into her dad's stash of edibles, with mind-bending results. Andrew searches for the right moment to break up with Lola.
177"Guy Town"Bob SuarezJoe WengertOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
While helping Greg move into a seedy bachelor complex, the boys and their dads debate what women want -- and what it means to be a man.
188"Dark Side of the Boob"Bryan FrancisKelly GaluskaOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
A school sleepover turns messy as Nick dishes on a makeout session, and the Shame Wizard works his miserable magic on the whole class.
199"Smooch or Share"Joel MoserAlex RubensOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
Nick tries to lighten the mood at the sleepover with a new twist on Truth or Dare. The Shame Wizard meets his match. Jessi vows to change her ways.
2010"The Department of Puberty"Bob SuarezGil OzeriOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
After traveling through a magic portal to puberty headquarters, Nick seeks out a new Hormone Monster, and Jessi bonds with the Depression Kitty.

Production[edit]

TV writer Andrew Goldberg and screenwriter-directors Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin approached Nick Kroll, Goldberg's best friend since childhood, with the idea to develop a show about going through puberty.[2] Kroll and Goldberg used their divergent pubertal experiences as a centerpiece of the show, because Kroll was a late bloomer while Goldberg went through the physical changes of puberty very early.[3] Many of their lived experiences are featured in the show, such as Kroll's first kiss, and Goldberg's parents waxing his mustache.[2] The show also includes an experience of their childhood friend, Lizzie, who the character of Jessi is based on, getting her first period on a school trip to the Statue of Liberty. According to Kroll in an interview on NPR, "[Big Mouth] takes an equal look at what it's like for girls and women, the process of going through puberty, which I think has not been quite as explored in most popular culture."[2]

Netflix announced they had picked up Big Mouth in June 2016.[4] Flackett, Levin, Goldberg, and Kroll all serve as executive producers on the show.

Release[edit]

The first season consisting of ten episodes premiered on Netflix on September 29, 2017.[5][6] On October 24, 2017, it was confirmed that a second season had been ordered,[7] which was released on October 5, 2018.[8]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Big Mouth has received critical acclaim since its official release. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 100% based on 21 reviews, with the critical consensus reading, "Big Mouth's simplistic animation and scatological humor belie its finely sketched characters and smart, empathetic approach to the messiness of adolescence."[9] At Metacritic, the show currently holds a rating of 80 out of 100, based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Vox described the show as sharp and jarring depicting the awkwardness of pubescence, postpubescence and prepubescence.[11]

Rotten Tomatoes gave Season 2 a rating of 100% based on 21 reviews, with the critical consensus reading "Poignantly repulsive, Big Mouth continues to confront the awkwardness of adolescence with foul-mouthed glee and an added layer of maturity."[12]

Erik Adams from the AV Club awarded the second season an 'A-'. Adams praised the cast, especially Thewlis, and experimentation for this season, commenting that 'it’s shown that it deserves to be included in any conversation about TV’s animated greats'.[13]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Annie Award Best General Audience Television/Broadcast Production Big Mouth Nominated
2018 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics Mark Rivers (for "Totally Gay") Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wagmeister, Elizabeth (June 13, 2016). "Netflix Greenlights Animated Series from Nick Kroll". Variety. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Gross, Terry. "Nick Kroll and John Mulaney Relive Raging Hormones and First Kisses in 'Big Mouth'". NPR.org. NPR. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  3. ^ Schneider, Michael. "'Big Mouth' Creator Nick Kroll on Convincing Netflix to Let Him Make a 'Perverted Wonder Years' — Turn It On Podcast". IndieWire.com. Indie Wire. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Netflix Orders 'Big Mouth' Animated Series From Nick Kroll & Andrew Goldberg". Deadline.com. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 13, 2016). "Netflix Orders 'Big Mouth' Animated Series From Nick Kroll & Andrew Goldberg". Deadline. Retrieved August 31, 2016.
  6. ^ Farley, Rebecca (August 23, 2017). "Exclusive: Meet The Hormone Monster, The Personification Of Puberty In Big Mouth". Refinery29. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (October 24, 2017). "'Big Mouth' Renewed For Season 2 At Netflix". Deadline. Retrieved December 2, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Big Mouth' season 2 premiere date, more puberty horrors revealed in Netflix teaser". EW.com. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  9. ^ "Big Mouth: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  10. ^ "Big Mouth", Metacritic, retrieved October 14, 2017
  11. ^ "Netflix's Big Mouth takes a sharp, surprisingly joyful look at the gross time that is puberty". Vox. Retrieved 2017-10-15.
  12. ^ "Big Mouth: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Big Mouth returns, faster, funnier, and filthier than anything else on TV". The AV Club. Retrieved October 20, 2018.

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