That was a rough title for me to type, and I included the question mark because I can’t 100% rule out Bob’s Burgers as the best adult cartoon, but I’ll be damned if Big Mouth isn’t way up there with the loveable Belcher family.
Netflix’s new comedy starring my beloved John Mulaney and Nick Kroll is a hilarious, perverse, endearing, and actually educational take on coming-of-age, and it’s pretty fucking brilliant.
The show follows 13-year-old best friends Nick and Andrew and their group of friends as they navigate puberty, parents, pillow-fucking, and, of course, the hormone monster and shame wizard.
The show features a ton of hilarious secondary characters (hello Coach Steve!), and even amazing characters we never see (like Jay’s shady lawyer dad). It also deals with puberty in such a painfully honest and hilarious way you’ll cringe, laugh, and relate all at once. I mean, we’ve all dry humped a pillow and toy Glow Worm, right?!
The show is actually really educational, too. It does a whole Planned Parenthood episode and is legit more informative about sexual education than the US and Canadian school systems combined.
This show pulls off perverted, socially aware comedy in the way Seth MacFarlene only wishes he could, and The Simpsons hasn’t been that funny in like 15 years.
Do I really think Big Mouth is the greatest adult cartoon of all time? Well, it’s no Be Cool Scooby Doo (seriously, that show fucking ruuuuules), but it’s right up there with Bob’s Burgers, for sure, and it was definitely a highlight of this year for me. Plus, any show that features like a million furry dildos is pretty fucking amazing, right?