Reviews | Written by James Hanton 08/12/2020

BIG MOUTH – SEASON 4

REVIEWED: SEASON 4 (ALL EPISODES) | WHERE TO WATCH: NETFLIX

Fans of the goofily illustrated, tastefully tasteless world of Big Mouth will not be left disappointed by the latest season. Early in the first episode, you worry that it might be biting off more than it can chew - the initial events hit some clumsy, forced notes. But it rapidly shirks this jetlag to keep flying high with some of the most surreal, pertinent and - most importantly - funny skits you could hope for.

As with all the previous seasons, Big Mouth doesn’t shy away from the big problems. Racial identity and justice, something the show has itself tackled behind the scenes, takes centre stage in several episodes. Anxiety, which plagues many of the major characters in this season (especially Nick), is also captured in the unique, zany style that Big Mouth has claimed for its own. Even though the show manages to address a handful of topics in each episode, it never forgets its primary purpose. It yet again proves to be a hilarious, eye-opening and strangely endearing ode to puberty and the awkwardness of your teenage years, showing how this looks with the contemporary world with a wicked sense of humour.

Season 4 is littered with touches of genius (the talking tampons are infectiously funny, as is the gratitoad) to other moments that need more attention. Natalie, the show’s first openly transgender character, is cast aside just three episodes in. While a lesser crime by comparison, some of the guest stars also feel underused. These hiccups however don’t derail the show completely, and Big Mouth is still the absurd, crude barrel of laughter that has made it such a success.

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