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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. A second season was confirmed and released on October 5, 2018. The third season was confirmed in November of 2018.


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This series contains examples of

  • 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:
    • 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.
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    • 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 upcoming series featuring the character.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: A regular occurrence on this show among several characters.
  • Adorkable: Bashful, chatty Missy, who has a crush on Andrew (and Nathan Fillion).
    • Also Andrew himself.
  • 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 Just a Dream: "Requiem For A Wet Dream".
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: Yes, Sylvester Stallone did star in a softcore porno called The Italian Stallion, but its original title was The Party at Kitty and Stud's.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: Already, scallops are shellfish, so the show's numerous Jewish characters shouldn't be eating them. (And especially not Andrew's dad) 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 Coke 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 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: In a meta moment, Andrew and Maurice discuss the incident where he raped Garrison Keeler's decapitated head and whether it went too far, Maurice claims that Netflix insisted on it.
  • Black Comedy Rape: Maurice skull-fucking Garrison Keeler'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.
  • 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.
  • Camp Gay: Matthew, whom Andrew goes to for advice when he thinks he might be gay.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Cutaway Gag: Occasionally.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Jessi briefly gets this reaction when she shows off her Sexy Red Bra.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 Mitvah" has the song "Life Is a Fucked Up Mess", in which all character 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 depants 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.
  • 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.
  • Motor Mouth: Missy enjoys talking a lot.
  • 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.
  • No Bisexuals: Subverted. A point the show makes is that sexuality is a spectrum and that people can be not 100% of things. Andrew starts "Am I Gay?" thinking that he can only be either straight or gay, but at the end, he learns that sexuality is a spectrum and doesn't feel in a rush to define himself. By the end of the second season, Jay is confirmed as bisexual.
  • 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. But after that menstruation never comes up again.
  • 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.
  • Only One Name: Coach Steve's surname isn't revealed until season 2. It is also Steve.
  • 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.
  • Overly Long Gag: The entire credits sequence of "Guy Town" plays over Tyler screaming about how much his horn coming in hurt.
  • 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.
  • 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 shamed 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.
  • Rapid-Fire Comedy: Of the "if one joke falls flat, another one is coming up in five seconds" variety.
  • Recurring Element: Each Season Finale repeats a few elements.
    • The kids go into another dimension.
    • Both seasons end in Nick's bedroom at night, with him talking with a Hormone Monster.
  • 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 Planned Parenthood
      • 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 movie, 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 "Puberty Department", 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....
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Stealth Pun: Missy gets frantic and starts hallucinating on Coke. As in the soda.
  • Straw Feminist: Subverted. Jessi's mom goes on a lot about feminine issues and double standards between men and women, but not in a ludicrously exaggerated way. The joke is more that what she's saying is sad, but true. Although her opinions are clearly colored by her failed marriage.
    • Jessi as well, who automatically believes Lola's version of the "hump and dump" situation because she "listens to women" (and does not even ask for Andrew's side of the story). She also goads her mother into buying her the red bra that Connie recommends by accusing her of being part of "The Patriarchy" if she refuses.
    • Played straight when Andrew asks Jessi if there's a support group for guys who feel ashamed of their bodies. Missy shouts "Yeah, it's called SOCIETY, you privileged male!"
  • Sudden Anatomy: Maurice grows several more arms while weighing the pros and cons of Andrew and Nick cumming on a cracker.
  • 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".
  • 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.
  • 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: 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 possibilty 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!
  • 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 Bar 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.

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