All it took was a video of an animated vagina voiced by Kristen Wig to get me to watch Netflix’s new adult cartoon comedy, Big Mouth. Now, I’m absolutely in love and recommend the show to literally anyone I can.
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— VlRGO (@VlRGO) October 8, 2017
Big Mouth is about a group of seventh graders going through the horrors of puberty, in the most frank–and sometimes straight up disgusting and lewd–ways. Periods, boners, wet dreams…you name it, Big Mouth covers it, shamelessly. I appreciate the fact that it examines the universal weirdness of hormones, sexual awakenings, and teen angst without being condescending. It’s got gross out humor and a lot of heart, and I think that anyone who has gone through adolescence (or is at least almost done with it) can appreciate it.
I mean, I love it so much that I got my boyfriend and I to dress up as Andrew and Missy for Halloween, and it got a ton of positive response for such a low maintenance costume:
— Ashley Reese (@offbeatorbit) October 29, 2017
But if you’ve already watched Big Mouth, fell in love with it, and are craving something else to watch in its same spirit. From other weird cartoons with a cult following to classic teen sitcoms, check out these nine TV shows you need to watch if you love Big Mouth.
Freaks And GeeksOne of the best things about Big Mouth is the coming-of-age angle; yes, even the parts that aren't blatantly disgusting. That why I'd recommend watching Freaks and Geeks if you haven't already. It's a cult classic about teenagers in the late '70s and tackles topics like friendship, puberty, and romance without being gushy. It's also just one of those shows you need to watch before you die, so get on it already, will you? You can watch Freaks and Geeks on Netflix.
Kroll ShowIf you love Big Mouth, then you'll probably love comedian Nick Kroll. He is one of Big Mouth's co-creators, writers, and executive producers. He also voices several of the main characters, including Nick and the Hormone Monster. So, why not check out Kroll Show, Nick Kroll's laugh out loud funny sketch comedy show? You'll definitely see where a lot of Big Mouth's humor comes from. Plus, Jenny Slate is a regular on the show, and if you loved her as Missy, you'll love her deliciously nerdy character on Kroll Show too. Also on the show: John Mulaney, who voices Andrew! You can watch Kroll Show on ComedyCentral.com
The InbetweenersIf one of your favorite things about Big Mouth is the gross out humor--from the jizz jokes to the masturbation-centric subplots--then you need to watch The Inbetweeners. It's a coming of age British comedy about four teen boys and their various misadventures on the quest to get laid. Oh, but they usually fail miserably, and once you watch you'll realize that it's easy to see why. If you have a soft spot for lewd and crude, this is the show to watch. You can watch The Inbetweeners on Netflix.
Some GirlsThere aren't enough TV shows that really acknowledge the fact that girls can be thirsty little monsters when they're going through their teen years too. That's why I love Some Girls, a British comedy about a group of friends dealing with everything from body hair, to annoying boyfriends, to awkward hookups. If you ask me, it's required viewing for any teen girl or young woman who needs a bit of a laugh. You can watch Some Girls on Hulu.
Bojack HorsemanIf you want a dark, adult cartoon that makes you laugh but also depresses the hell out of you, check out Bojack Horseman. It's about an actor who made it big in the '90s, but is now totally washed out, lives in Hollywood, and is cynical AF. Definitely watch if you're interested in checking out other Netflix original cartoon comedies. You can watch Bojack Horseman on Netflix.
Rick and MortyRick and Morty seems more well known for their embarrassingly rabid fan base these days above all else, but don't let that turn you off to the cartoon itself. Rick and Morty is best described as Back to the Future if it was a black comedy. Come for the weird AF sci-fi adventures, stay for the surprisingly sharp characterization and family dynamics (yes, really). You can watch Rick and Morty on Adult Swim.
Bob's BurgersYou'd have to live under a rock not to know about Bob's Burgers, but if you haven't bothered watching it yet--and have only seen it in meme/GIF form--do yourself a favor and actually watch watch the show. It's about burger restaurant owners, Bob and Lina Belcher, and their three kids, Tina, Gene, and Louise. If you love how awkwardly thirsty the characters on Big Mouth tend to be, then you can enjoy Bob's Burgers for Tina alone. She's a nerdy teen girl who is, frankly, constantly horned up, and makes this known in the most deliciously cringeworthy ways. After all, who doesn't love watching embarrassment, just a little bit? You can watch Bobs Burgers on Hulu.
O'GradyIf you haven't heard of O'Grady, don't worry, most people haven't. This little known cartoon aired on Teen Nick (what was then known as The N) for two seasons before it was quietly cancelled, but it is by far one of the most clever teen cartoons I've ever seen. It's about a group of friends who live typical teen lives--go to school, hang out, have crushes--but they live in a town that regularly undergoes a supernatural phenomenon called The Weirdness. The Weirdness causes--well--weirdness, like making everyone brutally honest, or turning everyone into clones. Listen, it's a goofy show, but its snappy comedic timing was so ahead of its time. You can watch O'Grady on Amazon.
ArcherArcher is a sleeper hit that continues to grow in popularity with every season. It's a spy sitcom about a secret agent named Sterling Archer who--despite touting himself as the best spy in the world--winds up in a plethora of ridiculous situations in every episode. If you're into dark comedy with an action twist, give it a go. You can watch Archer on Hulu.