Many adults remember their youths fondly, as carefree times of silly sleepovers and innocent crushes.
But that doesn’t tell the whole story.
“Big Mouth,” Nick Kroll’s new Netflix comedy, aims to remind grown-ups of what really ruled their childhood: fear. The animated series follows a group of middle-school adolescents who are constantly learning about their developing bodies — and trying to impress the opposite sex all the while.
Sure, it’s funny to reflect on puberty’s many embarrassing moments, but at the time, it was terrifying, and the half-hour comedy revels in the dark and light sides of nostalgia.
Lead by co-creator Nick Kroll, the voice cast is perfect for toeing the line between gut-busting laughter elicited by truthful — and painful — memories. John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Jason Mantzoukas, Jordan Peele, Fred Armisen, Jenny Slate, and more contribute to such characters as your friendly neighborhood Hormone Monster and a talking vagina (with the excitable tone of Kristen Wiig).
And it should be noted that even though the aptly immature humor may seem geared to a strictly male audience, “Big Mouth” appears to focus on both genders’ puberty problems across the 10-episode first season. Anyone squeamish at the thought of tampons or hormonal mood swings better prepare themselves accordingly.
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“Big Mouth” Season 1 premieres Friday, Sept. 29 on Netflix. Watch the full trailer below, and look below the video for more first-look photos and behind-the-scenes shots of the cast recording.