“Big Mouth” makes a big comeback

Season five drops with new monsters and new adventures


By Gretchen Sweeney

I sit curled up in my bed with my pink fuzzy blanket and the luminescent purple LED lighting shines down on my MacBook as the lyrics “I’m going through changes” ring across my room. I am ready to binge season five of “Big Mouth”.

“Big Mouth” is award-winning with six Emmy nominations and two awards two years in a row for Outstanding Voice-Over for Maya Rudolph who plays Connie the Hormone Monstress. 

“Big Mouth” premiered Sept. 29 2017, and since has proven to be an edgy but relatable comedy. Through hormone monsters, the characters undergo middle school. Each character undergoes their own adversities and though a comedy, the show touches on anything and everything that could happen in a child’s upbringing, making the audience bound to connect to at least one character. From neglectful to overly loving parents, “Big Mouth” represents it all. 

Similar to the first four seasons, season five includes the fan favorites: Hormone Monsters, Shame Wizard, Depression Kitty, Gratitoad, and Anxiety Mosquito. “Big Mouth ” has a common theme of sexual humor but season five introduces more endearing and loving themes with the Love Bug and Hate Worm. 

The Love Bug represents romantic and platonic love. The earnest bug appears whenever one of the kids feels that fiery and aggressive passion of love, affection, or attraction.  The Love Bug is an extension of the character’s rapidly increasing palette of feelings and emotions. It introduces a greater opportunity for the show to touch on sexuality as well. Jessi’s love bug appears as she starts feeling attraction for both girls and boys, finding that she might be bisexual. 

When there is love, especially in adolescents, it can bring heartbreak and resentment, causing the Hate Worm to appear. The Hate Worm storms and obstructs both Missy and Nick’s mind. Missy turns into a hate-filled cyberbully and hates on two other characters, bringing a rebellious side to Missy’s usual people pleaser persona. Nick turns into a teenage boy with extreme anger issues that rages on anyone and everything.  In the season finale, Nick is eventually led to hate his own Hate Worm so much he is left trapped in Human Resources. Here he finds that he controls his own Hormone Monsters, making him have some major reflection on his whiny behavior he has undergone the whole season. 

There is a Christmas special this season that opens the door to new animation. There is an anime-style animation for the background story of Ludacris the Pitbull, who is my personal favorite. The new animation styles bring personality and more freedom for the animators. 

On the contrary, the ratio of loving and endearing plot to one-liners humor is disproportionate in the first few episodes. I found myself being almost annoyed with its overly sexual humor, but you can not expect less when the first episode of the season is “No Nut November.” After the first four episodes, the Love Bug is introduced and eventually does find its groove. 

“Big Mouth” has middle school aged characters, but is targeted towards a more mature audience due to the sexual humor. This Netflix Original might be the first of its kind with its edgy humor. It is a combination of “South Park” and “Family Guy” that leaves a plot and script that can get laughs out of all.