"Big Mouth" Is Crass but Insightful
Start writing a post

5 Lessons To Learn From 'Big Mouth'

Warning: this show is terribly crass. Proceed with caution.

5 Lessons To Learn From 'Big Mouth'
Big Mouth

IMDB describes "Big Mouth" by saying "Teenage friends find their lives upended by the wonders and horrors of puberty." However, most people know of the show because of its crass humor, profane images, and a perverted monster that represents hormones.

Middle school is a nightmare.


A general consensus among most people is that middle school is a bad time. It's a time of developing hormones. It's a time where adults treat you like a mythic hybrid of child and adult. It's a time when you get grades that truly don't matter.

"Big Mouth" paints an accurate picture of middle school complexities, a topic many other shows have tackled. However, "Big Mouth" confronts the underlying emotions and relationships that make middle school such a tragic time. While middle school is a time for discovery, it's hard to do when all you can think about is food, sleep, and frankly sex.

Hormones are okay.


When people become teenagers, they experience changes in their wellness that are influenced by their hormones. Yeah, it's easy to blame things like raging hunger and sex drives on hormones, but they do some good things too, like protecting us from stress and helping us sleep.

However, like "Big Mouth" conveys through a variety of characters, everyone's hormones are different. Different hormones mean different drives. The show makes its viewers aware of these drives in a humorous nature, making them easier to understand and cope with. This is the first step to change, awareness. But what has kept us unaware of these things? What has kept us from talking about them? Shame.

Shame is universal and powerful, but also good.


Season 2 of "Big Mouth" introduced a character called the Shame Wizard... a wizard that made the kids feel shame. However, in a much more personal manner, the Shame Wizard told them things like "You're a pervert for feeling this way about a girl," or "You're not a real man because you're underdeveloped compared to your friends," a true voice of doubt in the minds of middle schoolers.

By the end of the season, the Shame Wizard has seeped into everyone's brains, telling them they are less than they are. However, the Shame Wizard even says that shame is important because it teaches people to better and make better decisions. This show taught its viewers that feelings of doubt and disappointment in yourself are natural, universal amongst humanity, but beneficial for your well being when considered. Oftentimes, the feeling of shame arrives from your connection with other humans, what they think of you, and how they perceive you.

Comparing yourself to others is natural.


The developing young adult looks to those around them to make sure they're doing it right. When you've only lived about a fifth of your life, it's hard to be confident in your progress. This notion is tackled in the very first episode of "Big Mouth."

In a simple prank, Nick sees his best friend with his towel down. He spends the next few days comparing his development to his friend Andrew's. This is a theme that runs through the entire show. But since no one's appearance is who they are, comparisons struggle to hold weight.

No one is their appearance.


Our world is 2018 is overwhelmed with social media and pictures of everyone at their best. So, when we compare ourselves, especially our appearance, to those pictures we see on social media, we are comparing ourselves to someone's best moment. Everyone has rough moments, contrary to what we are exposed to.

Through a culmination of the previous points, it's obvious that people go through the same crap. Everyone has hormones and shame. No one is wholly put together. And no matter how positive people's social media appears, it's not reality.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
​a woman sitting at a table having a coffee

I can't say "thank you" enough to express how grateful I am for you coming into my life. You have made such a huge impact on my life. I would not be the person I am today without you and I know that you will keep inspiring me to become an even better version of myself.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Waitlisted for a College Class? Here's What to Do!

Dealing with the inevitable realities of college life.

college students waiting in a long line in the hallway

Course registration at college can be a big hassle and is almost never talked about. Classes you want to take fill up before you get a chance to register. You might change your mind about a class you want to take and must struggle to find another class to fit in the same time period. You also have to make sure no classes clash by time. Like I said, it's a big hassle.

This semester, I was waitlisted for two classes. Most people in this situation, especially first years, freak out because they don't know what to do. Here is what you should do when this happens.

Keep Reading...Show less
a man and a woman sitting on the beach in front of the sunset

Whether you met your new love interest online, through mutual friends, or another way entirely, you'll definitely want to know what you're getting into. I mean, really, what's the point in entering a relationship with someone if you don't know whether or not you're compatible on a very basic level?

Consider these 21 questions to ask in the talking stage when getting to know that new guy or girl you just started talking to:

Keep Reading...Show less

Challah vs. Easter Bread: A Delicious Dilemma

Is there really such a difference in Challah bread or Easter Bread?

loaves of challah and easter bread stacked up aside each other, an abundance of food in baskets

Ever since I could remember, it was a treat to receive Easter Bread made by my grandmother. We would only have it once a year and the wait was excruciating. Now that my grandmother has gotten older, she has stopped baking a lot of her recipes that require a lot of hand usage--her traditional Italian baking means no machines. So for the past few years, I have missed enjoying my Easter Bread.

Keep Reading...Show less

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments