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"Everything is embarassing!"
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Big Mouth is a 2017 Netflix animated comedy series from co-creators Nick Kroll and Family Guy writer Andrew Goldberg. It stars Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph and Jordan Peele.

The show follows best friends Nick and Andrew, as well as their close-knit group of friends at their middle school, as they go through puberty together. Along the way, they're "helped" by two hormone monsters, Maurice and Connie, who guide them through their sexual awakenings.

The show's first season was released September 29, 2017. Shortly before its third season in 2019, Netflix announced that three additional seasons had been greenlit, bringing it up to six. A spinoff focusing on the hormone monsters, entitled Human Resources, was announced shortly thereafter.

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  • Aesop Amnesia: Predictably, given that most of the characters are 13 years old. While most episodes contain An Aesop the kids usually forget it, often within the same episode. Lampshaded by Lola in Rankings:
    Lola: Shut up Missy! We'll learn our lesson later!
  • Ambiguously Bi: In episode three of the first season, Andrew struggles to find a label for his sexuality. While he kisses Nick and doesn't enjoy it, the show never has Andrew confirm his straightness and leaves it open to interpretation. Averted with Jay, who never stops mentioning that he's bi once he learns that he is.
  • Accidental Public Confession: In "Guy Town", Guy Bilzerian gloats that it doesn't matter if the titular apartment complex for single men is a mass of safety violations because he has bribed half the city council and blackmailed the other half. Matthew, who was filming one of his vlogs, smugly informs him that he has been Caught on Tape.
  • Actor Allusion:
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    • A billboard for Oh, Hello! On Broadway, which Nick Kroll (Nick) and John Mulaney (Andrew) wrote and starred in, can be seen in New York City when Nick and Andrew visit it in "Pillow Talk". There's also a poster for a movie called Stay Out, spoofing Jordan Peele's (Ghost of Duke Ellington) directorial debut Get Out, which was released several months prior.
    • In season 2, Jordan Peele gets to drop the title of Get Out during Andrew's skit about STDs.
    • In Season 2, the Shame Wizard is described as having a Harry Potter accent, in reference to his voice actor having played Remus Lupin in the movies. His whispering in people's ears to bring out the worst in them is also similar to how Ares conducts his schemes in Wonder Woman (2017).
    • Matthew references Girls in "Requiem For a Wet Dream", in which his voice actor plays the character of Elijah.
    • Gina's knock-off Carmen Sandiego sleeping bag in "Dark Side of the Boob" is in reference to Gina Rodriguez taking on the role in Netflix's then-upcoming series featuring the character.
    • In the background of "Disclosure The Movie: The Musical!", there's a poster of Detective Florez giving a presentation on "Street Smarts!"
    • When Missy says that she's going to watch Game of Thrones, Mona, her new hormone monstress, mentions that she prefers Westworld, which stars Mona's voice actress, Thandie Newton.
    • Jessi has a book You'll Grow Out of It—written by her voice actor Jessi Klein—in her locker.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: A regular occurrence on this show among several characters, notably Andrew.
  • Adorkable: Bashful, chatty Missy, who has a crush on Andrew (and Nathan Fillion).
    • Also Andrew himself.
  • Adorably Precocious Child: Missy is ridiculously smart and Wise Beyond Her Years, and has her fair share of Adorkable moments.
  • Adults Are Useless: Not all the time, but some of the wackier antics that the Bridgeton Middle School kids get into would be shot down just from mentioning them by any responsible real-life adult. Lampshaded in "Rankings" at Devin and Devon's child wedding when Lars - the minister - says they're there because "No adult has stopped them".
  • Agony of the Feet: Maurice jokingly breaks a glass while shouting "Mazel tov!" when he tells Andrew that he'll be a man after watching a porno with his friends. Because he didn't wrap it in a napkin (and doesn't wear shoes) it hurts quite a lot.
  • All Adult Animation Is South Park: Downplayed as the show is supposed to be relatable to middle schoolers who have reached the onset of puberty and are confused about their sexual and psychological changes, something an adult would have outgrown. That said, barely an episode is devoid of dealing with mature topics like sex, drugs, crime, and containing profanity. Think South Park but with teenagers.
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Averted. Matthew's never had a boyfriend or a first kiss, partially because of his homosexuality.
    • Played straight with Jay, though he's bi.
  • All Just a Dream: "Requiem for a Wet Dream" and, to an extent, "Super Mouth"
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees
    • Sylvester Stallone did star in a softcore porno called The Italian Stallion, but its original title was The Party at Kitty and Stud's.
    • "Men Going Their Own Way" sounds like some generic fake name the writers tossed up for the sake of a toxic masculinity joke, doesn't it? Nope, it's real. The Southern Poverty Law Center even lists it as a hate group.
  • Always Someone Better: Jessi feels insecure about her physical traits, often comparing herself to women she considers more attractive, such as her charming classmate Gina, book protagonist Fatima and cantor Dina.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Nick's parents. His mom Diane is introduced making him pay the "snuggle tax" so he can be excused from dinner.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: One of the group's classmates is Caleb, who doesn't understand social cues. At first, it feels like a spoof on autism of Asperger's syndrome, but his tics and habits eventually becomes too absurd and character-specific to resemble any one condition.
  • Ambiguously Bi:
    • Andrew, which is the focus of "Am I Gay?". In the end, it's still left ambiguous but he's not worried about it since he learned sexuality is just a spectrum. He seems to feel attracted to The Rock but is also clearly attracted by Missy.
    • Jessi's mom is having an affair with a woman, despite having been Happily Married to Jessi's father years ago. When backed against a corner, she sadly admits she is not sure what she is right now and doesn't have the answers Jessi wants.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Jay Bilzarian and his family. Brad, the couch cushion who he has sex with, says he has a "hot Mediterranean ass," implying they're of Greek ancestry (he's also played by the unambiguously Greek-American Jason Mantzoukas).
  • An Aesop: Despite the raunchy nature of the show, it does still try to teach sincere lessons about puberty and be sex-positive, such as...
    • Puberty is a scary, frustrating and difficult time of your life that will affect the dynamic of you and your friends, but everyone goes through it.
    • There's no rule book or set of standards regarding relationships. Don't let peer pressure determine how you want to be in a relationship with another person.
    • Don't be afraid of your body.
    • Never, ever ever force someone into having sexual relations with you, especially if they outright tell you no.
    • As Maurice tells Nick, you shouldn't be in a rush to grow up. You'll go through puberty when the time comes, but you have to be patient with your body.
    • Sexuality is a spectrum. It's better to know who you're attracted to than what label to give yourself.
    • Knowing who you are and being unashamed of it is ultimately healthier than forcing yourself into the role society expects of you.
  • Anything That Moves: Maurice the Hormone Monster will stick it in anything. Even a decapitated head. At one point, he punches a hole in the wall and decides to start fucking that as well.
    • Maury admiringly commented that Jay has sex with just about everything, including but not limited to his ongoing sexual relationships with a variety of different pillows and cushions in his house
  • Arc Words: "You're thinking about it, and we're talking about it."
  • Artistic License – Religion: Scallops are shellfish, so the show's numerous Jewish characters shouldn't be eating them. Especially not Andrew's father. But you would at least expect Jessi's parents to not serve them at her bat mitzvah.
    • However, nowadays, this is considered somewhat Truth in Television, since most Jews, especially reform Jews, do not exactly keep kosher.
  • Art Shift: The POV from Missy's Coca-Cola high is rendered in a Lisa Frank-style.
  • Attempted Rape: Daniel has a history of trying to force girls to give him oral sex while making out with them after they've said no.
  • Bait-and-Switch: In one episode, Nick's parents start getting frisky in bed and the camera pans over to the clock which reads 12:00. It then changes to 12:01, implying that they had sex for exactly one minute. It turns out they had sex for twelve hours and one minute.
  • Be Yourself: A few episodes have this moral.
  • Big Applesauce: You're never lost in New York City...
  • Big Brother Bully: Jay has two of them. Nick has one as well, though he is far more downplayed than Jay's. All three of them are politically incorrect villains.
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Nick has two of them. The first with Jessi, and two episodes later with Andrew.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: The show makes frequent jabs at being a Netflix series.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Season 3 ends with the end of Nick and Andrew's friendship, Jessi being moved to the city with her evil mother, and Missy becoming so heartbroken that Nick doesn't like her that she becomes asexual. On the bright side, Jay has brought his Dysfunctional Family together peacefully.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Maurice skull-fucking Garrison Keillor's decapitated head.
  • Bloody Hilarious: The episode "Guy Town" has audio of Tyler screaming and swearing about how much it hurt for his horn to come in during the entire credit sequence.
  • Book-Ends:
    • Season one starts and ends with Nick talking to Maurice in his bedroom at night. In the first episode, Maurice and Nick have just met and the latter has no idea about puberty things, while in their meeting at the season finale, Nick has learned to wait for puberty until the proper time comes, and is assigned a Hormone Monster then.
    • Season two starts with Nick trying and failing, under Rick's tutelage to masturbate, almost spraining his dick in the process. The season ends with him successfully masturbating for the first time, this time under Connie's tutelage.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Jessi, when under the influence of Connie the Hormone Monstress.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall
    • Maurice just shatters the fourth wall in "Sleepover: A Harrowing Ordeal of Emotional Brutality" by directly addressing the Netflix users that may be binge-watching the series, and then previews "Girls Are Horny Too".
    • The "To Be Continued..." on the end of "Dark Side of the Boob" is interrupted by the Shame Wizard, who calls out the viewer with "Why don't you continue it right now, you lazy piece of shite?" before cackling.
    • "Girls Are Angry Too" ends with Maury and the ladybug hyping the viewer for season three, namedropping the episode "How To Have An Orgasm."
  • Brick Joke: A subtle example. In the second episode, a man in a Minions t-shirt can be seen when they get to the Statue of Liberty. No attention is drawn to him. Later, Matthew mentions seeing him and makes fun of him.
    • Shame Wizard brags, repeatedly, about owning Nazi dildo memorabilia. Later, we see the Nazi dildos displayed in his office. This also sets up another brick joke in season three when he gets caught buying said dildos at a Nazi meeting.
  • Broken Aesop: Disclosure the Movie: the Musical, tries to be the Me Too! episode, but also plays male #MeToo stories for laughs and uses one as an example of female sexual empowerment.
  • Bust-Contrast Duo: Both Jessi and Missy are flat-chested, but are accompanied by Hormone Montresses Connie and Mona, who are noticably curvy. As is standard for teens and their Hormone Monster companions, the teens are sensible yet impressionable, while the Hormone Monsters are wise yet hedonistic.
  • The Cameo: The Shame Wizard, after prominence throughout season 2, is reduced to a single appearance in the third season premiere.
  • Camp Gay: Matthew, whom Andrew goes to for advice when he thinks he might be gay.
  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Andrew eavesdrops on Lola and Terry in the theater, then after accidentally revealing himself, tries to run away and is caught by Lola:
    Lola: "Oh my God, typical. What are you still doing here?"
    Andrew: "Nothing. 'Cause I didn't see anything. *farts again* Sorry, I fart when I'm lying."
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: The plot of The Rock of Gibraltar, an erotica that is highly popular with the main cast of kids. Gustavo and Fatima are in love, but can't be together due to their families' disapproval. To circumvent this, Gustavo has himself transformed into a horse so they can spend time together, but any sex is still off the table... right?
  • Caught with Your Pants Down: In "The Shame Wizard", Andrew gets caught by Leah masturbating to her swimsuit.
  • Celestial Bureaucracy: Up to Eleven. It turns out that the Hormone Monsters work for "Human Resources — We Manage People" (presented by Acura), which manages all stages of human life. There is a Childhood Office, Department of Puberty, Center for Adulthood, Geriatrics and Bureau of the Dead. Nick, Andrew and Jessi find their way here when Tyler accidentally leaves a portal open.
  • Central Theme: Growing Up Sucks, but its okay cause you will always have people who care about you.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lola, who is extremely sensitive over her friendship with Devin, and later Gina.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The show gleefully uses every four-letter word in the book.
  • Color-Coded Characters: The main five kids are associated with certain colors in one way or another:
    • Nick with blue: he wears blue, is the protagonist, has blue eyes and has issues with size (in other words, his balls are blue).
    • Andrew with green: he wears a green long-sleeve polo and has green eyes, both literally and metaphorically.
    • Jessi with shades of red: she's a Fiery Redhead feminist who wears magenta-pink pants.
    • Missy with yellows and browns: she often wears a yellow shirt and overalls (she's even compared to the Minions), has a Granola Mom and is the most "yellow" of the group.
    • Jay with black: he wears a black vest and has raven hair, is into magic (classic stage magicians wear black tuxedos) and has the bleakest home life of the group.
  • Cool Big Sis: Nick's sister Leah has been shown answering his questions about the romance novel that's got most of the female characters obsessed. Another episode shows Leah letting Nick and his friends stay over for a party, albeit begrudgingly.
  • Country Matters: Matthew refers to a group of teachers as a "gaggle of rancid cunts". Maurice later refers to Missy as one after she and Andrew break up. Guy Bilzerian drops one at the end of season 3.
  • Creator Cameo: Series producer Chris Prynoski, whose studio produces the show, often appears as a background character, wearing his trademark thick-rimmed glasses and fisherman's cap.
  • Crossover: Has a crossover with Queer Eye in "Disclosure, The Movie; The Musical!", when the Fab Five come by to help Coach Steve.
  • Cutaway Gag: Occasionally.
  • Disgusting Public Toilet: Nick and Andrew encounter one at a gas station bathroom during theirs and the Glouberman parents' road trip to Florida.
  • Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Subverted. Lola deliberately breaking Andrew's arm when he breaks up with her is Played for Horror, but none of the characters react to it as such, let alone Andrew himself.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: In-Universe. Missy gets a little too frisky with Andrew when they're kissing and accidentally bumps her mons pubisnote  into his crotch. She shames herself for being too forward, but Andrew doesn't hold it against her. However, his parents automatically assume that he assaulted her.
  • Dream Sequence: Very commonly used on the show. This also applies to pretty much every conversation somebody has with a Hormone Monster or other supernatural being, as even people standing right next to them are generally unaware of the sidebar. Likewise, the kids will sometimes have mass-hallucinations, such as the vignettes in "The Planned Parenthood Show" or the musical number during the Slut Walk in "The Girls Are Angry Too", which they discuss afterward.
  • Droste Image: Double Subverted. Coach Steve's driving lessons video in "Obsessed" directed to himself (which Nick and Andrew are watching to teach the latter how to drive) has him apparently burn his penis with spilled pizza. He puts up a laptop showing a video containing himself...giving a lesson on what to do if he burnt his penis with pizza. In it, he mentions driving to the hospital - then asks if the first Steve remembers how to drive, which makes him pull out the same laptop, which plays the original video.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Nick and Connie get this in Season 2. Nick spends the entire season feeling bad about the fact that his puberty was getting off to a bad start, which led to him going through three Hormone Monsters that were terrible for him. Connie pushing Jessi into becoming a toxic person compelled Jessi to cut Connie out of her life. When both characters go through some development, Connie is assigned to Nick. Now Nick has a Hormone Monster who can help him understand girls and Connie has a human who isn't too broken for her to be a bad influence on.
  • Escapist Character: In-Universe. Fatima, the heroine of the erotic novel "The Rock of Gibraltar". Several women picture and fantasize of being her. Barbara's Imagine Spot was of herself in Fatima's place in a scene where she dances with the sensual Gustavo, to escape her husband's annoying and nonsensical complaining. Later, The Hormone Monstress is using the "You are Fatima" phrase to encourage Jessi.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • Even Maurice is shocked when Jay's brothers make Andrew and Nick jerk off onto a cracker and then one of them be forced to eat it.
    • Andrew and Nick are both chronic masturbating (Andrew's case) perverts with skewered views on women, but they're disgusted by Daniel trying to force Leah to give him head. Even Jay eventually realizes how messed up this is.
    • Meta example: The writers have no qualms showing some truly disgusting things if they can make it funny, but when it comes to outing a teacher as an ephebophile, they only get as far as a foot massage before delivering the comeuppance.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Maurice has pretty much encouraged all sorts of immoral behavior in name of sex and generally acts nasty towards people. However, even he will not stand for porn addiction and will even sacrifice himself to save someone in the pornscape.
  • Expy: Coach Steve's hormone monster sounds like Gollum.
  • The Faceless: Andrew's Imagine Spot has him, Leah, and "Leah's friend" in the moments leading up to a threesome. The friend doesn't have a face because when he saw their Instagram post, Andrew zoomed in on her boobs and stared at them so he can't remember what it looks like (Leah somehow knew he did this, but she and her friend apparently liked it).
  • Fan Disservice
    • When Maurice shaves off all of his fur, his naked body shows off tan lines, a misshaped head and lots of wrinkles, even in places that were never covered in fur to begin with.
    • Subverted when Missy's mother takes her and Jessi to a ladies' spa. While the sight of old, fat and unshapely women is icky, Connie's song about loving your own body shows that this isn't something to be ashamed of.
  • First Kiss: Unsurprisingly given their ages, these are major events for the characters and are depicted as such.
  • First Name Ultimatum: Played for Laughs when Connie tells Jessi that a true sign of a young woman going through puberty is wanting to call her mother by her first name. Surely enough, when Jessi's mother comes in to check on her, Jessi bellows "GET THE HELL OUT, SHANNON!" at her.
  • First Period Panic: Jessi gets her first period on a school field trip, while wearing white shorts. She has a minor breakdown while hiding in a public washroom and gets a no-nonsense lecture about the travails of womanhood from the Statue of Liberty, but eventually rallies.
  • Foreshadowing: There were many hints that Jay is bisexual.
    • In "Sleepover: A Harrowing Ordeal of Emotional Brutality", it's shown that his brothers constantly hurl homophobic slurs at him.
    • In "Drug Buddies", an extremely stoned Nick offers a blowjob to whoever gets him an ice cream. Jay says that he's up for it because "a blowjob is a blowjob" and tells Jessi to not make it gay.
    • In "Smooch or Share", he says that he wouldn't kiss Matthew not because he wouldn't kiss a guy, but because Matthew hurt his feelings.
  • Freudian Excuse: The commercials for Jay's father's law firm are all full of terrible relationship advice influenced by his own volatile relationship with Jay's mother. In turn, Jay is an arrogant misogynist from the terrible influence of his father and general lack of affection from his mother and brothers.
  • Friendly Ghost: Nick and Andrew frequently turn to the ghost of Duke Ellington for advice.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes
    • Coach Steve. He's a nice guy, but has No Social Skills and is really annoying.
    • Zig-zagged in Jay's case. In some episodes, the main gang either finds him as a mild annoyance to outright hatred while in other episodes they actually do like spending time with him.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Jay's "stripper" that he hired for Devon's X-years-in-advance bachelor party turns out to be an 8-year-old girl dance flossing. She shows her age by holding up all of her fingers, of which there are four fingers on each.
  • Gayngst: Jay is bisexual, but he goes through a lot of this at the end of season two. Eventually, he learns to accept himself for who he is.
    • Matthew has a downplayed version of this: his parents suspect that their son is homosexual and haven't taken any drastic action, but they're still holding out hope that he'll get married to a woman after all.
  • Good Parents: Save for Jay's neglectful mother and misogynist father, most of the other kids' parents are nothing but caring and supportive despite their quirks. Even Jessi's unfaithful mother and deadbeat dad value her over anyone else.
  • G-Rated Drug
    • Missy doesn't do too well with sugar and goes crazy after downing a whole six-pack of Coca Cola.
    • Andrew later gets addicted to porn. Zigzagged in that it really is a common addiction.
  • Guys Are Slobs: The all-male apartment complex run by Jay's dad is filthy from top to bottom, including a pool that is repeatedly mentioned to be home to parasites.
  • Happily Married:
    • Nick's parents very clearly love each other very much.
    • Jessi's parents used to be, but are not anymore.
  • Head-Turning Beauty: Jessi briefly gets this reaction from men when she shows off her Sexy Red Bra.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Nick and Andrew. The two have been best friends for years and always have each others backs.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: The entire premise of the show, and fueled by the fact that the kids are being goaded on by Anthropomorphic Personifications of their hormones. Not all of the characters are driven to sexual lust. For example, Jessi's Hormone Monstress, Connie, pushes her into other forms of delinquent behavior such as running away and stealing, with Jessi showing only a little interest in sexual matters.
  • Humiliation Conga: Daniel, who was far too pushy in asking for oral sex, is not only shamed by all of the party guests (who've long known of his antics), but Nick takes the time to throw up into his hat before Leah dumps it on his head and Jay trolls him with an overly-long handkerchief trick before flipping him off. Then when Daniel leaves, his tires have been slashed by Nick's brother and apparently dies off-screen before the episode ends.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: From "Obsessed":
    Jessi: "I'm gonna go check the...stocks market. And I'm leaving. Goodbye."
    • Andrew has come up with a few, including that he had to reupholster a chair for his cousin's wife.
  • The Ingenue: Missy qualifies, particularly in the earlier episodes. Subverted in season two onwards when she starts developing sexual desires of her own.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Gina and Ali not only have the same names as their actresses, but also look remarkably like them as well, despite the 20+ year age difference.
  • Interspecies Romance: Jay and his pillow. "She" even gets pregnant in one episode.
  • Insistent Terminology: Maurice wants you to know that it's a Pornscape, not a porn world.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: The subject of "The Pornscape".
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
    • Maurice and Connie, the Hormone Monsters. Despite their overall bad influence, they are trying to help their respective kids through their sexual awakenings and want what's best for them. Maurice even performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save both Nick and Andrew's lives in the Pornscape.
    • Jay is an obnoxious, messed up kid with some really skewed views on women and sex, but it's all due to his AWFUL home life with an amoral father, an alcoholic and neglectful mother and two horrible, misogynistic, homophobic asshole brothers. In general, however, he means well, genuinely wants to be friends with the rest of the gang and joins in on giving Daniel his just desserts at the high school party once he actually understands how terrible his actions are.
    • Matthew is actually kind to Jessi, and even expresses sympathy for Lola of all people. He's also just as horrified as everyone else by Andrew dragging Lars out of his wheelchair.
  • Jewish Parents: Andrew's parents, especially his father, who's prone to Jewish Complaining.
  • Jizzed in My Pants: While at the school dance in "Ejaculation", Andrew and Missy grind against each other while slow dancing, causing Andrew to make a mess in his pants.
    • It happens again in "Drug Buddies", when he and Lola "rub fronts" with each other—as well as her squeezing his butt twice while they grind.
    • Yet again when Andrew is imagining a threesome with himself, Leah, and Leah's friend - he succumbs right before he can get involved.
  • "Jump Off a Bridge" Rebuttal: When Duke is telling the story of how he lost his virginity at age 13 in 1913 to Nick, Andrew, and Jay, he mentions wanting to go to Atlantic City with his co-players that summer. He tells his mother this, and is met with one of these (with the "recently constructed" Brooklyn Bridge the subject). Duke dismisses it by saying "Mother, I wanna see the world!" but she doesn't budge.
    • Coach Steve actually does jump off the Brooklyn Bridge in Season 3, when one of the Queer Eye guys is trying to teach Steve to say 'no'.
  • Just Friends: The subject of the third and tenth episodes of the first season, respectively.
    • First, Jessi tells Nick that she wants to go back to being friends after a failed attempt at a date. Nick agrees, but Nick doesn't realize at first that this means she's no longer his girlfriend and deals with the embarrassment of being dumped by telling the whole school that he dumped her. Jessi chews him out about it, but they make up in the next episode.
    • In the same episode, Andrew questions whether he and Nick are really just friends. They are.
    • Later, Andrew frightens Missy off by telling her that he loves her and wants to spend the rest of his life with her. He takes it even worse, crying for days and then becoming addicted to porn in an effort to get over her.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Granted, a lot of them are just confused and frustrated because of puberty or, in Jay's case, have been subjected to some really bad life advice. Others are simply shallow due to their popularity.
  • A Lady on Each Arm: Harvey Fierstein has them when walking out of the concert hall as Duke introduces himself to him.
  • Kissing Cousins: Cherry and Andrew in "Florida." The messed-up nature of the topic is discussed a lot before it actually happens. Later episodes acknowledge that he'd still consider it.
  • Little Miss Snarker: Jessi's prone to dishing out a lot of snark when she thinks it's justified.
  • Lonely Bachelor Pad: Guy Town is this in spades. It looks like a run-down multi-story motel that was converted into apartments for bachelors and divorced men, the latter of whom are mostly Guy Bilzerian's clients (and he owns the place).
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Maurice and, to a lesser extent, Connie.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: "I Survived Jessi's Bat Mitzvah" has the song "Life Is a Fucked Up Mess", in which all the characters lament their lives (Nick and his mother's fallout, Jessi's family breaking apart once her mother's cheating is outed, Andrew's father's issues with scallops and Andrew and Missy's end of their relationship) to the tune of an upbeat electric slide, which is milked for all the laughs they can as Matthew gets his solo:
    "People are horrible
    All this heartbreak and misery
    No one is truly happy"
  • Made Myself Sad: When Maurice shows Andrew a gay sex scene from Dallas Buyers Club, he tells Andrew not to think about AIDS so the scene will be sexier. Seconds later, Maurice looks sad and says he's thinking about AIDS.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: In "Ejaculation", when Nick jumps out of Andrew's closet to scare him, Andrew's towel comes off and they panic as Andrew tells him not to look down. Nick does and we are treated to a half-second zoom-in on Andrew's junk.
    • In the same episode, after Nick's parents sex it up, his dad gets out of bed and his penis is shown for a second.
    • In "Steve the Virgin", Lola pantses Nick while he's stuck hanging in midair on a zipline. As everyone (Nick included) is shocked, there is a several-second-long zoom-in on Nick's exposed junk while his single pubic hair is freaking out. His dad exposes himself in an attempt to make Nick feel more comfortable with being exposed, but ends up getting arrested for indecent exposure.
      • It happens again in "Smooch or Share", with Nick riding around the school gym on a Segway with no pants on—complete with another zoom-in on his talking pubic hair.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Cantor Dina is this for Shannon.
  • Marijuana Is LSD: In "Drug Buddies", Jessi peer pressures Nick into trying some of her father's edibles with her. Jessi is less severely affected than Nick, but she shares a hallucination with him that their arms have merged and that they can communicate telepathically. People around them just see them holding hands and talking to each other. Nick goes on to have several other very vivid hallucinations.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In "Requiem for a Wet Dream", Jay actually manages to successfully perform his "teleportation" trick on Jessi and Matthew, neither of whom ever rehearsed it with him and both are surprised that it seemed to have worked.
  • Medium Blending
    • Maurice shows Andrew a photo of his brother. It's Nick Nolte's mugshot.
      "Love that crazy asshole!"
    • The "Gay Test", where Maury cycles through photos of (in order of androgyny to masculinity) Tilda Swinton, David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie as Jareth and Dwayne Johnson, just to gauge where his interests lie.
  • Mistaken for Terrorist: Happens to Jay in Everybody Bleeds when security guards capture him for his talk of wanting to make the Statue of Liberty disappear, when it was just a magic trick. They later release him when impressed by his tricks.
  • Motor Mouth: Missy enjoys talking a lot.
  • Musical Episode: While most episodes feature a musical number, the season 3 episode "Disclosure the Movie: The Musical!" focuses on a school musical.
  • Never My Fault: Daniel manages to turn this into an art. Not only does he try to force multiple girls to give him head then accuse them of assaulting him with blue balls and Slut-Shaming him when they call him out, but accuses his female victims of being misogynists by not allowing a man to take the initiative of helping them towards their sexual liberation by giving him head. He concludes that party culture itself is the real enemy here.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Coach Steve after being fired as a coach, which he lampshades in "Cellsea."
  • No Bisexuals: Played with. While "Am I Gay?" ends with the moral that sexuality is a spectrum that includes more than just straight or gay, the actual concept of bisexuality doesn't come up until the end of season 2, when Jay discovers that he's attracted to boys as well as girls, even though he doesn't use the word "bisexual." The episode "Rankings" deals with bi erasure directly, as none of the boys even believe bisexuality is even real following some misinformation from a new student who brags about being pan.
  • No Fourth Wall: The characters frequently acknowledge that they are in a Netflix series.
  • No Periods, Period: Averted. This is a show about puberty after all; one of the first episodes has Jessi's first period as a focus of the plot.
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: It varies from episode to episode on just how real or not both Hormone Monsters are, and who can and can't see them. It's implied that everyone who is going through puberty has contact with them however, with Nick being an exception since he is able to interact with Maurice in spite of not getting to puberty yet.
  • N-Word Privileges: The Ghost of Harriet Tubman uses them (both "negro" and a cut-off N-word) when calling out Duke for comparing his desire to play ragtime to what she faced escaping slavery.
  • One of the Guys: Jessi is a tomboy who doesn't seem to have many female friends. Gina also falls into this category, though that's initially because all the guys are lusting after her.
  • Only in Florida: Season 3's "Florida" has the Gloubermans and Nick take a trip to the state, which is portrayed as a sweltering hive of reckless sex (including incest) and violence, and by the end of the episode the lower half of the state sinks into the ocean. Maury even sings a song about how "anything goes in Florida."
  • Only One Name: Coach Steve's surname isn't revealed until season 2. It is also Steve.
  • Only Sane Man: Jessi plays this role on occasion, though she definitely has her moments where she's just as hormone-crazed as the boys.
  • Organ Autonomy: Sex organ autonomy, of course. In "Girls Get Horny Too", Jessi has a pleasant and informative conversation with her vagina via a hand mirror(and later has more vulgar ones).
  • Our Nudity Is Different: Defied. When Duke and Maury arrive in Atlantic City and head to the beach, the latter excitedly mentions how the girls' typical-for-the-time extremely conservative bathing suits make them "basically nude".
  • Overly Long Gag: The entire credits sequence of "Guy Town" plays over Tyler screaming about how much his horn coming in hurt.
  • Parental Abandonment: Jay's parents left him at home while they were going on vacation.
  • Parents as People: Jessi's parents are the best example of this in a cast of wacky parents. While they both love her very much, their home has suffered throughout the years because of their unhappy marriage. Jessi's mom is frustrated that she has to be the breadwinner while her husband is an irresponsible stoner which leads her to cheat on him with another woman, their Cantor to be specific.
  • Prehensile Hair: Connie the Hormone Monstress has this on occasion.
  • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody: Done when Missy is showering and rehearsing her lines for the school's Film/Disclosure musical. Mona, her new hormone monstress, sneaks up on her and pulls the curtain while finishing the stanza.
  • Punny Name: Jay's Pitbull, Featuring Ludacris.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil:
    • Downplayed. No actual rape occurs, but Daniel has made multiple attempts to force girls into giving him oral sex against their will, then slut shaming then when they don't. The show depicts him as an amoral asshole who blames literally everyone and everything for his own terrible actions and he's given his just desserts at the end when Nick throws up in his hat, Leah dumps it on his head, he gets his tires slashed and may have died by the episode's end.
    • Continued in Season 3, where Mr. Lizer takes advantage of Lola’s crush on him to make her rub his feet and walk on his back, then emotionally manipulates her into keeping quiet and thinking it’s her fault for Andrew seeing them together. By the end of the episode, Lizer is not only fired, he gets trapdoored offscreen by Lola, which leads to his toenail puncturing his testicles, and “fileting his penis shaft” when he tries to pull it out. It’s a very long scene, and it ends with him asking hoarsely if anybody has a Ziplock bag.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Of the "if one joke falls flat, another one is coming up in five seconds" variety.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Andrew is the hormonal, hot-tempered Red Oni to Nick's more collected Blue Oni.
  • Retcon: Season 1 had Connie making an appearance as Missy's Hormone Monster in "Head Pusher". The following seasons have Missy basically be without any Hormone Monster, and she doesn't seem aware of them either, and she gets her supposed first one in Mona in season 3.
  • Rewatch Bonus: The teaser for Season 2 had Maurice and Connie turn into kaijus and attack the school. Nick points at them and cries out "It's our Hormone Monsters!", when his own Hormone Monster wasn't among them. Now that Connie has become Nick's latest Hormone Monster, his line makes more sense.
    • Lampshaded by Andrew in "Guy Town" when he mentions the "fleshlight" during the poker game shot during the song, and asks the viewers to rewind it if you didn't see it.
    • In the very first episode, when Maury pulls up his fur, he has Connie's name tattooed underneath.
    • In "My Furry Valentine", Andrew finally makes a basket, and gloats how he never made a shot on the entire series. And he was absolutely right!
  • Running Gag:
    • Jay (or occasionally someone else) trying to give blatantly terrible relationship advice, immediately followed by another person telling them to stop quoting Jay's Dad's television commercials.
    • In "The Shame Wizard", a lot of people keep mentioning a Mac and Cheese restaurant only to reveal they're lying about it.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Naturally, in "The Head Push", as seen in the Shout-Out below.
  • Ship Tease:
    • The entire show is filled with this between the Twice Shy couple Andrew and Missy.
    • Gina/Nick through season two, as Nick is in love with her and she starts slowly developing feelings for him as well. It sadly crashes and burns during the sleepover, when Nick tells his friend about touching her boob and it spirals into Devin publicly Slut-Shaming Gina, and even with the Shame Wizard gone, Gina doesn't forgive Nick.
    • The latter part of season 2 starts adding some to an unlikely couple: Jay/Matthew, as Jay kisses Matthew on a dare and the Shame Wizard makes Jay think that Matthew is attracted to him. It goes further when at the sleepover, they actually go on to full blown make out. The second Season Finale implies Jay is not fully over that experience and is more or less still attracted to Matthew.
      Jay: I barely remember or think about it at all, all the time.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Connie refers to how a kiss should work by comparing it to having sex with Stanley Kowalski.
    • There are a couple of scenes in "The Head Push" that parody Seinfeld, complete with the theme music and the exterior shots of Tom's Restaurant. Nick takes on the title role, while Andrew plays George, Jessi plays Elaine, and Jay plays Kramer. And, surprisingly, Nick Kroll and Jessi Klein's imitations of Jerry and Elaine are pretty much dead-ringers for the real thing!
    • The final act of "The Pornscape" is an extended parody of Apocalypse Now.
    • Lampshaded when Matthew refers to Jessi as his "Marnie", complete with him proceeding to literally call out, "Shout out to Girls!"
    • The skits of "The Planned Parenthood Show":
      • Missy's skit heavily borrows from several Space Opera works, which includes a crew reminiscent of Star Trek and allegories to Star Wars, including Connie speaking by only saying, "Chewbacca sound" and using the same font for the title.
      • Matthew's skit is a The Bachelorette style show where Leah meets different contraception methods and talks with them as if they were romantic candidates.
      • Nick's dad's story is a whole shout-out to Forrest Gump.
      • Although Andrew's story isn't based in any one particular horror film, it has quite a few references to Get Out towards the end, which includes Nick's family prepping him for surgery and The Ghost of Duke Ellington making a title drop.
    • Andrew heavily advises Nick to watch Unfaithful and implies he has a crush on the lead actress.
    • In "The Department of Puberty", Connie refers to an angered Jessi as Lady Bird.
    • The Depression Kitty shares her design with Alice in Wonderland's Cheshire Cat.
    • The Shame Wizard has an autographed poster of Septa Unella in his office.
    • "My Furry Valentine" has plenty of shots that parody When Harry Met Sally....
    • When feeling stressed in "Drug Buddies", Connie says she's going to go lie down and watch The Great British Bake Off because "they're so nice to each other".
    • The third season finale, "Super Mouth", is chock full of comic book/superhero references but the most standout are the DC Comics ones.
  • Sickening Sweethearts: Nick's parents.
  • Slut-Shaming:
    • Daniel accuses the party guests of doing this to him when they call him out for trying to force multiple girls into giving him head and then spreading rumors that they're sluts when they refuse him.
    • Gina faces this just for being buxom and getting male attention—none of which she has any control over.
    • Tallulah Levine also deals with her fair share of this trope, after refusing to give a guy a blowjob and having him tell everybody that she did.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Guy Bilzerian is by no means a good lawyer, but he has the arrogance and cocky attitude of a household name.
  • Social Services Does Not Exist: In real life, Guy and Jenna Bilzerian would probably not be allowed to retain custody of their kids. Likewise, Jessi having been a runaway reported to the police, or Lola seemingly living alone with her mother constantly away would also both be candidates for scrutiny. But, to keep the comedy going, the in-universe attitude appears to be every family for themselves.
  • Song Parody:
    • "Everybody Bleeds" is an extended parody of "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M., complete with a giant tampon with Michael Stipe's face.
    • "Am I Gay?" has a pastiche of Queen, sung by the ghost of Freddie Mercury.
    • Season 2 has "I Love My Body", which borrows a lot of it's style from Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive".
  • Spirit Advisor: The Human Resources monsters and ghosts such as Duke Ellington serve as this.
  • Stealth Pun: Missy gets frantic and starts hallucinating on Coke. As in the soda.
  • Straw Feminist: A lot of female characters are this, including Jessi and her mother Shannon. While they espouse feminism as an ideological principle, in practice they are often extremely judgmental towards other females. Neither Jessi nor Shannon is above Slut-Shaming people they dislike or resent. Many of the girls at school are even worse, especially Devin and Lola. The subversive element is in the fact that men who claim to be "feminist" are almost always explicitly smacked down for it, whereas the female characters are subtly depicted as being hypocritical.
    • Jessi takes a dislike to Gina, whom she has gone to school with since first grade, because puberty has given the already-attractive Gina ample breasts and a lot of attention from the boys. In "Rankings", Jessi is particularly upset that she is not considered one of the hottest girls by the boys, and even laments that she shouldn't want to be, but does anyway.
    • Shannon refers to her ex-husband's new girlfriend as a "slut", even though Shannon cheated on him while they were still married. She can also be catty about other womens' appearances (including Jessi's).
    • A "Slut Walk" organized by the girls to protest Mr Lizer's new dress code falls flat. Devin and Lola openly believe that they are protesting for girls' right to be a "cock tease" to boys. All of the girls, Jessi included, are mean to Missy for not wearing clothing intended to arouse the boys. This despite the protest supposedly being about how wrong it is for the boys to see the girls as sex objects.
  • Sudden Anatomy: Maurice grows several more arms while weighing the pros and cons of Andrew and Nick cumming on a cracker.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: In the third season episode "Disclosure the Movie: The Musical!", Mr. Lizer manipulates Lola into doing inappropriate favors for him. Andrew witnesses one and tells Jessi who, in turn, convinces Lola that what happened was wrong. When confronted about it, Lizer says too much, incriminating himself further.
  • Teens Are Short: Played straight and justified with the main cast, who are in middle school and just starting puberty. Subverted with older teenagers such as Nick and Jay's siblings, who are just as tall as their parents.
  • Teeny Weenie: Nick deals with some self-consciousness over the size of his penis in "The Head Push". His father also has a small penis, but is completely at peace with it.
  • That Man Is Dead: A lighthearted example. After befriending Coach Steve, Shame Wizard decides to be called "Shane Lizard", the name Coach Steve erroneously believed it to actually be.
  • The Unfair Sex: Played with a lot. Generally, the conflicts in the show are blamed on the boys. Subverted often by the fact that the girls don't do it out of actual malice, but because of their own issues, which are just as often made worse by the boys. Alleviating this further is that the girls are just as likely to vilify each other as they are the boys.
  • Time Abyss: Maurice the Hormone Monster mentions being 75 million years old, and both he and Connie the Hormone Monstress have been around since the dinosaurs.
  • Title Drop: After they kiss, Jessi tells Nick he has a "big mouth". He later drunkenly tells himself he has a big mouth after telling Jessi he saw her mother kiss another woman.
  • Too Much Information: Coach Steve is a little too upfront about a close call with a dump he takes at 7-Eleven in "Everybody Bleeds".
  • Trans Equals Gay: Jay asks Matthew this in "Requiem for a Wet Dream" when he genuinely doesn't know. Wanting to humiliate Jay, Matthew not only tells him that they are the same thing and insists that Jay tells everyone that.
  • Truth in Television: As disgusting as some of the topics can be at time, Big Mouth portrays the journey through puberty with absolute Brutal Honesty.
    • The whole issue with The Shame Wizard of season 2. There actually is a strong relationship between people's desire to uphold social standards and how sensitive they are to shame and guilt.
  • Undying Loyalty: Nick to Andrew, Nick was willing to live in the Pornscape for the rest of his life with possibility that he might be molested, if it means that he can stay by Andrew's side.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Coach Steve refers to having sex as "made thick in the warm."
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Jay's neighbors don't seem bothered that a pubescent boy is watching them have sex. They even say hi to each other!
  • Villain Has a Point:
    • While the Shame Wizard enjoys tormenting people a tad bit too much, he is absolutely correct in that without shame people would succumb to their most base urges and the result would be anarchy. The kids prove this when they drive him off and proceed to run amok.
    • The Depression Kitty, who is not at all benevolent, nonetheless hits the mark in that Connie has done a very bad job with Jessi. Even Jessi herself agrees with this and symbolically gives herself over to the Depression Kitty willingly because she feels that Connie only makes her life worse and has deprived her of the virtues she used to be most proud of.
  • Voice of the Legion: Maurice tells Andrew to "Tear [Nick]'s fucking head off!" in a demonic voice when Nick punches Andrew in the mouth.
  • Very Special Episode: Season 2, episode 5: "The Planned Parenthood Show"
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: The kids sometimes puke in disturbingly graphic detail.
  • Wham Episode: "I Survived Jessi's Bat Mitzvah" is focused on Jessi learning that her mother is having an affair with her Cantor no less and eventually confronting her about it. At the end, Jessi starts an undefined relationship with Jay.
  • Wham Shot: For the first episode, Nick witnessing Maurice at the end, as it reveals that he isn't just a hallucination made by Andrew's brain.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Andrew and Missy's song about all of the weird physical feelings they feel when they think about being in love with one another in "Requiem for a Wet Dream."
  • Wild Take: Nick does a Tex Avery-style one when introduced to Tallulah. Unfortunately, it doesn't go back to normal after, leaving his eyeballs and extended tongue lying on the floor.
  • You Have to Have Jews: A lot of (light-hearted) ribbing is made about Andrew's Judaism.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Jay's father and Jessi's mother cheat on their spouses, although it's later explained that this is rather common for the Bilzerian family. Jay's pillow cheats on him with his brother, resulting in a half-human, half-pillow baby.
  • Your Head Asplode: Nick, Andrew, Jay and Maurice's heads all spontaneously combust upon discovering that girls are capable of being horny.
    • Jay's explodes again after he realizes that while Nick is on vacation with the Gloubermans, Jay can take over his life and the Birch parents are completely OK with it.

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