Since its debut in 2017, Netflix’s “Big Mouth” has garnered a lot of attention for being the comedic relief a lot of people have been seeking to make the “birds and the bees talk” just a little bit easier.
I believe the show has made it thus far simply because a cartoon with adult content can be perceived as terrible for the children or incredibly educational.
I will admit, the language used in “Big Mouth” is immensely vulgar, but what pre-teen, teenager and adolescent’smouth isn’t these days? No, before you go there, I am not excusing disrespect or having a dirty mouth, but in the spirit of transparency, I promise they all do it when their parents aren’t around.
Because this show tackles so many issues such as puberty, lust, sexual orientation, anxiety, and awkward relationships, it is relevant to almost every generation.
I will not lie, when the show first aired, it took me a while to watch it simply because I wasn’t sure if it would be too corny or too over the top or simply watching it could expose parts of me or my sexuality that I hadn’t faced yet.
As I matured a bit and started to speak with my closest male friend, who is older than I am, along with my younger cousin, who at the time was 15, I was surprised at their takes on the show.
Both of them said they could relate to the two main characters. Nick Burch, voiced by comedian Nick Kroll, and Andrew Glouberman, voiced by John Mulaney. They both experience coming of age moments, including genital and ego comparison, insecurity, sexism and the universal confusion of what and how to say things to women. These were the key points they believe men have gone through and still go through.
As for the ladies, we are given characters that explore topics surrounding parents divorcing, starting your cycle for the first time and feeling the need to fit in. All while juggling emotions you can’t understand. I think I just exposed myself.
All in all, the show is quirky, funny and sometimes uncomfortable but solely because it tells the truth.
Some people believe the cartoon may introduce “grown up” topics to pre-teens, which may be too early, while others believe the more they know, the smarter they will be. I’m one of those people.
I believe that watching “Big Mouth”it can inspire parents and kids to have real conversations.
“BigMouth”can help spark discussions about sexuality and sexual fluidity and make kids comfortable with things they may think is gross, wrong or shameful.
Season four made its debut on Thursday, so there is ample time to watch it and have a conversation with someone about how you feel.
Hopefully this will inspire the next generation of parents to be more open and honest with their children.