“Big Mouth” Season 4 Review

Story posted December 10, 2020 in CommRadio, Arts & Entertainment by Emily McGlynn

“Big Mouth” has returned with a season four and there are more hormones and feelings to sort through. Out of all the seasons, this is by far the most scattered, yet effective season.

From identity crises, to relationships and awkwardness, many can relate or take a trip down memory lane.

This mature show debuted on the streaming service Netflix, in 2017. The show takes the innocence of cartoons and the dialogue of sailors to make this series.

We have Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett to thank. They have created a raw show following middle schoolers going through puberty and we get to watch their development and breakthroughs.

Comedic geniuses who contribute to voice the show are John Mulaney, Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, and Jordan Peele.

Many have been looking forward to this new season. The producers and actors did not disappoint fans. While they did discuss important issues in our day, the playful and potty-like humor is captivating enough to get their message across.

Season four opens with a musical recap of season three. In season three, we are left with best friends, Andrew and Nick, no longer BFFs. How could this happen? A girl! That’s who.

Nick kissed Missy, who Andrew really liked. The boys got into a huge argument over her, right before heading to Summer camp. With the help of their hormone monsters, they are able to get through the Summer.

Actor and comedian, Seth Rogen, makes an appearance for the camp episodes. As always, pristine performance; and quite the character.

Without spoiling too much, many crucial topics are displayed throughout the season. We watch the whole gang, Andrew, Nick, Lola, Jay, Jessi, Missy, Matthew, and their hormone monsters, become introduced to new characters: anxiety and depression.

Anxiety takes the form of a mosquito, something that is always around, and you don’t know how to get rid of it. Depression is represented by a large cat that is always sitting on you and comes out of nowhere, mostly at the wrong times. 

These new annoyances add more pressure as these kids are figuring out their identities, forming romantic and sexual relationships, trying to be secure with their families and also trying to be secure in themselves.

In this season, we get to know Missy much better. She even gets to know herself a little better as well. She is an African American and Jewish teen, and she comes from an interracial family. Missy did not know the difference between her Blackness and Whiteness, and she started the journey to understand both sides.

The actress who played her, Jenny Slate, stepped down from the role in the second to last episode. She felt that it was appropriate as a white woman to give up the role to a black woman. “Big Mouth” writer Ayo Edebiri will voice Missy for now on.

There are little to no problems with season four. It was hilarious, as always, and powerful.

It was all over the place and will keep anyone’s attention. Even though each episode had crazy plots, the writers were able to make each topic flow into each other. 

Of course, some might find the jokes “too” out there. However, it’s the show’s humor.

“Big Mouth” season four was a success. Fans are probably itching for another season.

Hopefully, this show will be around for a long time.

Rating: 4/5

Emily McGlynn is a freshman majoring in Broadcast Journalism. To contact her, email at esm5378@psu.edu