I can't really remember why I started watching Big Mouth. I think I was just looking for something to fill a Rick and Morty/Archer shaped void for a bit. Whatever the reason, I'm really glad I gave it a go. At first glance, the show is a foul-mouthed, ridiculous excuse for the worst kind of juvenile humour, but the reality is actually a nuanced and surprisingly delicate look at puberty, being a teenager, and all the weird biology that comes with it. In some ways, I really wish the show was less funny as I genuinely think it's one of the best series ever created to try and tackle what it's like to be a teenager, but then makes itself too rude to ever really advocate being shown in a classroom. On the other hand, it's freaking hilarious and that deep level of lewd (yet intelligent) humour is the cornerstone that holds the rest of the show together.
From periods to sexual identity, the show skewers a whole host of adolescent worries and nightmares with a distinctively well-written sequence of comedic encounters and ridiculous characters. The core kids – Nick, Andrew, Jessi, Matthew, Missy, and Jay – are all a lot of fun and the interrelationships that form and break between them feels like a very realistic portrayal of adolescence. That they are surrounded by a host of absurd and impossible characters, like the ghost of Duke Ellington (played brilliantly by Jordan Peele, of all people), Coach Steve, Nick's parents, and of course the Hormone Monsters themselves, just helps add levity and humour to the shows otherwise quite dark plotlines. The combination works perfectly and creates something genuinely unique.
The result is a show with the plotlines and lewd jokes of South Park or Family Guy, only written by the team behind something like Rick and Morty or even The Good Place. It's clever, informative, always interesting, and even when it's going down lines of utter absurdity, a huge amount of fun.