10 Shows Like 'Big Mouth' to Watch Next

Grab your Hormone Monster and binge these teen comedies after you finish 'Big Mouth.'
by Annie Lyons — 

'Big Mouth'


Big Mouth provides a raunchy, empathetic, and surreal look at puberty, memorably personifying body changes with Hormone Monsters, who act as hypersexualized guides to their teen charges. 

Created by Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, the Netflix adult animated comedy draws inspiration from Goldberg's and Kroll's childhoods. Set in suburban New York, the show follows a group of 7th graders dealing with puberty and the awkward beginnings of their teenage years, covering topics such as masturbation, menstruation, and sexuality. The ensemble cast of characters includes best friends Nick Birch (Kroll) and Andrew Glouberman (John Mulaney), sarcastic Jessi (Jessi Klein), sex-obsessed Jay (Jason Mantzoukas), and sheltered Missy (currently voiced by Ayo Edebiri, originally voiced by Jenny Slate).In addition to the Hormone Monsters, the kids also encounter other people and creatures who offer them advice or embody aspects of puberty, including the ghost of Duke Ellington (Jordan Peele), a Depression Kitty (Jean Smart), and the Shame Wizard (David Thewlis). 

Big Mouth has earned praise for its frank exploration of many previously-considered "taboo" topics related to adolescent sexuality, mental health, and puberty. While the show has a bawdy sense of humor that is skewed more toward an adult audience and is filled with plenty of absurdities and sex jokes, it also emphasizes the importance of self-acceptance. The show currently has a Metascore of 86, making it a Metacritic Must-Watch. To date, Big Mouth has won three Emmy Awards out of seven total nominations, which included three nominations for Outstanding Animated Program. The show's success also led to a spin-off series, Human Resources(Metascore: 72), which explores the workplace of the Hormone Monsters. 

Big Mouth just returned for its sixth season and has already been renewed for a seventh season. If you've already finished the new season and are now facing the long wait for more episodes, Metacritic has rounded up a list of more teen comedies and shows with similar senses of humor to add to your watchlist. 

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 shows like Big Mouth to watch next. 


From left to right: John Francis Daley, Martin Starr, and Samm Levine in 'Freaks and Geeks'

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Freaks and Geeks

Metascore: 88
Best for: Fans of realistic teen comedies and shows set in the 1980s
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Set in a Detroit suburb in 1980, Freaks and Geeks revolves around the two titular high school social groups, as seen through the eyes of siblings Lindsay (Linda Cardellini) and Sam Weir (John Francis Daley). While misfit Sam and his two best friends struggle to navigate freshman year, star student Lindsay begins hanging out with a group of rebellious slackers, a change that causes tension within their family. While the show received a quick cancelation, it is now considered a cult classic and is known for launching the careers of many of its stars, including Jason Segel, Seth Rogen, and Busy Philipps. The show received three Emmy Award nominations, including two nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.

"In mere minutes and with a few instantly evocative images, Freaks draws its characters more precisely than some shows do in a season." — Robert Bianco, USA Today


From left to right: Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle in 'PEN15'



Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of cringe comedies and shows about the horrors of middle school
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Seasons: 2

In this cringe comedy and nostalgic take on awkward adolescence, 30-something actors Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle portray versions of their 13-year-old selves. Set in the year 2000, PEN15 follows best friends Maya Ishii-Peters and Anna Kone as they navigate middle school, covering everything from new crushes to Maya starting her period. Similar to how Big Mouth uses animation, PEN15 uses its casting as a way to delve into the more mature aspects of puberty. Plus, the two shows have a semi-crossover episode, with Erksine and Konkle voicing characters very similar to Maya and Anna in the episode "Cafeteria Girls" in Big Mouth's fourth season, and PEN15 even did an animated episode of its own. PEN15 received four Emmy Award nominations, including one for Outstanding Comedy Series. 

"An impossible masterpiece of teen TV that is authentically raw but also dreamily weird, a goof-off LOL comedy full of traumatic middle-school melancholy." — Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly


'BoJack Horseman'


BoJack Horseman

Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of existential dark comedies and shows that explore mental health
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 6

While much darker in tone than Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman similarly explores mental health and features plenty of raunchy humor and surreal moments. Set in a world where anthropomorphic animals live alongside humans, the adult animation dark comedy follows BoJack Horseman (Will Arnett), the alcoholic and depressed washed-up star of a popular 1990s sitcom. Hoping to revitalize his career, BoJack hires ghostwriter Diane Nguyen (Alison Brie) to pen his tell-all celebrity autobiography. However, as BoJack searches for happiness, his self-loathing and selfish behavior results in harmful decisions. Now living in relative obscurity, in hopes of revitalizing his career. The show received three Emmy Award nominations, including two nominations for Outstanding Animated Program. 

"BoJack Horseman is somehow one of TV's funniest comedies and most affecting dramas all in one weird, addictive little package." — Alan Sepinwall, Hitfix


From left to right: Lee Rodriguez, Ramona Young, and Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in 'Never Have I Ever'


Never Have I Ever

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of teen comedies with messy protagonists 
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 3 (so far)

Mindy Kaling drew inspiration from her own childhood for this coming-of-age comedy that she created with Lang Fisher. Never Have I Ever chronicles the high school experience of Devi Vishwakumar (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan), an Indian-American Tamil teenager who wants to improve her social life after a terrible freshman year. The show focuses both on Devi's enjoyably chaotic teenage antics, especially those related to her love life, and on her relationship with her mother Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan) as they grieve the recent loss of Devi's father. Tennis star John McEnroe, Devi's father's idol, serves as the show's main narrator, adding humorous insights into Devi's ups and downs. 

"Never Have I Ever becomes a smart, heartfelt guide to several versions of a woman's awakening, acknowledging that for women expressing desire and feelings can be a trickier business than TV or film typically presents." — Melanie McFarland, Salon 


Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey in 'Sex Education'


Sex Education

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of teen comedies and sex comedies
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 3 (so far)

This British coming-of-age dramedy follows two teenagers who start an underground sex therapy clinic for their classmates. Thanks to his sex therapist mom's frank approach to discussing sex, awkward Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) has a knack for advice giving, despite not having any relationship experience himself. Rebellious and savvy Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey) handles the logistics of their business, while also struggling with her personal life and relationship with her mother. Much like Big Mouth, Sex Education highlights heartfelt themes about acceptance and growing up while delving into real concepts related to adolescent sexuality. The show's third season received an International Emmy Award nomination for Best Comedy Series. 

"One of the best things about this show is the fact that so many of these characters do feel like kids — not hyper-articulate young adults, but scrambling teenagers who don't really know how they feel about anything--they just know they feel it." — Liz Shannon Miller, IndieWire


From left to right: Tyler Alvarez and Jimmy Tatro in 'American Vandal'


American Vandal

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of satirical mockumentaries and shows about adolescence
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Seasons: 2

American Vandal satirizes popular true-crime documentaries by following investigations into vulgar pranks, blending high-brow and low-brow humor to explore themes about adolescent identity and growing up with social media. Created by Dan Perrault and Tony Yacenda, the show follows two high school students, Peter (Tyler Alvarez) and Sam (Griffin Gluck), as they make a true-crime documentary about costly high school pranks. In the first season, the central mystery revolves around Dylan (Jimmy Tatro), a class clown who was expelled after being accused of spray painting phallic images on faculty cars, while the second season follows the mystery of the "Turd Burglar." The show received an Emmy Award nomination for its writing. 

"Few shows I've seen catch high school society, with its self-contained seriousness, as well as American Vandal does, as well as the mix of innocence and experience, confusion and certitude that mark that age. It's as engrossing as the series it set out to satirize and moving in ways you would not expect." — Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times


'F Is for Family'


F is for Family

Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of adult animated sitcoms and shows with raunchy humor 
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 5

This darkly comic and raunchy adult animated sitcom follows a dysfunctional Irish-American family living in a fictional Pennslyvanian suburb during the 1970s. Comedian Bill Burr, who co-created the show with Michael Price, voices Frank Murphy, a foul-mouthed Korean War veteran who now works as a baggage handler at the local airport. Bill and his wife Susan (Laura Dern) have three children: Kevin (Justin Long), a 15-year-old rebel with a passion for rock; Bill (Haley Reinhart), a social misfit preteen dealing with bullies; and Maureen (Debi Derryberry), a 10-year-old with a knack for science. F is for Family received two Emmy Award nominations for its voice acting. 

"The show's story lines — money problems, childhood rebellions — are what you might see on any animated family show. The difference is, F for Family treats these issues as if they're real and lasting. It's still a comedy, rude, raunchy and not entirely original, but it has heft and heart." — James Poniewozik, The New York Times


Amy Poehler and Nick Kroll in 'Kroll Show'

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Kroll Show

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of sketch comedies and outlandish humor
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Seasons: 3

Fans of Kroll's sense of humor may enjoy the comedian's sketch comedy series, Kroll Show. Created by Kroll, Jonathan Krisel, and John Levenstein, the show provides a satirical look at pop culture, with Kroll appearing as a range of eccentric characters, from an animal plastic surgeon to an incompetent publicist. The show pokes fun especially at reality television, often parodying the genre's heightened dramatic tone and editing style by using techniques such as cutaway commentaries and flashbacks. Many Big Mouth voice actors make multiple appearances throughout the show, including Mulaney, Mantzoukas, Slate, Jon Daly, Seth Morris, and Chelsea Peretti

"The sketches themselves are still baring teeth, starting with the fodder for the shows within the Show. The one thing that unites the collection of idiots played by Kroll and co-stars like Jon Daly and John Mulaney is a lack of self-awareness." — Brandon Nowalk, The A.V. Club


From left to right: Simon Bird and James Buckley in 'The Inbetweeners'

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The Inbetweeners (UK)

Metascore: 71
Best for: Fans of teen comedies with raunchy humor
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Seasons: 3 (and two movies) 

This bawdy British comedy follows four teenage friends who live in the suburbs, chronicling their antics related to adolescent sexuality, male friendship, and school life. After his parents' divorce, Will McKenzie (Simon Bird) transfers from a Catholic school to the fictional Rudge Park Comprehensive. There, he befriends sex-obsessed and vulgar Jay Cartwright (James Buckley), good-natured but gullible Neil Sutherland (Blake Harrison), and the relatively level-headed but still immature Simon Cooper (Joe Thomas). The show received two sequel movies, The Inbetweeners Movie and The Inbetweeners 2, which both follow the crew on a holiday, as well as an American remake that lasted for one season. 

"It's occasionally randy and sophomoric, but there are also some smarts and heart mixed in." — Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 


'South Park'

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South Park

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of adult animated sitcoms and raunchy humor
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Seasons: 25 (so far) and a movie

Fans of Big Mouth's comedic sensibility might also enjoy this long-running adult animated sitcom, which has a darker tone but similarly features alternately profane and surreal humor. First premiering in 1997, South Park takes place in the titular fictional Colorado town, following the exploits of four elementary school boys, voiced by series creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone: Stan Marsh (Parker), Kyle Broflovski (Stone), Eric Cartman (Parker), and Kenny McCormick (Stone). The show blends social satire about popular culture and other topics with the boys' immature sense of humor. South Park has won five Emmy Awards out of a total 20 nominations; its most recent win was in 2013 for Outstanding Animated program. 

"Even at its meanest, South Park is seldom mean-spirited, and it's often outrageously funny." — Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch