As Charles Bradley sings on the Ozzy Osbourne cover that serves as the series theme song “Big Mouth” is going through changes. Picking up where Season 5 left off Season 6 of the raunchy Netflix cartoon finds its young teen characters facing a new semester at Bridgeton Middle slightly older not a bit wiser and more sexually frustrated than ever as they adjust to new conditions and relationships.
Andrew John Mulaney is flying high from his longdistance relationship with Bernadette “Bernie” Sanders Kristen Schaal while Matthew Andrew Rannells newly out to his family is dating bisexual horndog Jay Jason Mantzoukas. Jessi Jessi Klein frets over the pregnancy of her dads new girlfriend while hormone monsters Maury series cocreator Nick Kroll and Connie Maya Rudolph have baby drama of their own after Maury gets pregnant from one of their many trysts.
Change has long been the overall theme of the show which uses a menagerie of supernatural creatures to represent the physical and emotional transformations of puberty. Season 6 delves deeper into the questions of how and why people change whether through Nick Kroll learning a shocking secret about his overly affectionate father Fred Armisen or Missy ForemanGreenwald Ayo Edebiri testing how much of herself she can ignore for her new boyfriend. Through it all though the show remains as filthy depraved and gutbustingly hilarious as ever. Lets take a look at the funniest moments from “Big Mouth” Season 6.
12. Dinner with the rabbi
Truthfully most of this list could have been taken up with moments featuring Richard Kind as Andrews apoplectic father Marty Glouberman who has been a series allstar since the very first episode. Martys constant rage at anything and everything in the world is matched only by his disgust at his sons endless sexual humiliations as in Episode 1 when Andrews attempt at Zoom sex with Bernie ends with Marty threatening to castrate him with a screwdriver. But Martys peak of insufferability comes in Episode 5 “Andrews Gonna Touch a Boob Tonight” when the Gloubermans host not just Bernie visiting from Vermont but Rabbi Paulblart Kroll for Shabbat dinner. Andrews mother Barbara Paula Pell has been spending a lot of time at the synagogue recently and has clearly put a lot of effort into the meal to impress the rabbi.
But Marty unable to admit his jealousy and fearing that she and the rabbi are having an affair seethes in a “brisketfueled rage.” When Barbara admonishes him for trying to eat before the rabbi has finished his lengthy blessing Marty counters “Oh who cares? You think Gods listening to us? Hes probably busy making a new COVID.” Things only get worse from there much to Andrew and Bernies discomfort until Barbara cant take it anymore and finally leaves middle finger in the air as she goes.
11. Devastated Wolf
The relationship between Matthew and Jay is never quite as solid as either of them want to believe. They are both excited to be dating but sometimes that isnt enough and disaster keeps befalling them as when a spirited hookup ends with Jays pants car a car full of pants falling off a cliff or when Matthew is less than enthused to meet Jays other sexual partners who are pillows. When Jessi notes early in the season that Matthew has managed to “tame Jay Bilzerian” the offhand comment sticks with Matthew; he worries that he has indeed turned a wolf into a swan.
It all comes to a head in Episode 9 “The Parents Arent Alright” when after a bad dream Matthew decides to end it with Jay. At a park near the woods Matthew tells Jay that he doesnt like him anymore. This isnt true of course but he knows that Jay will never accept the truth and will continue to deny his true self in order to make Matthew happy. “Go on get!” Matthew shouts tears in his eyes as if Jay were actually a dog; Jay confused and afraid flees into the woods. “Devastated wolf!” he howls making the subtext of their relationship into text. Its very silly and yet heartbreaking at the same time in a way only “Big Mouth” can pull off.
10. Its Big Mouth! These people are sick!
Big Mouth” has always been home to fantastical creatures and selfreferential humor. The first episode introduced Maury and Connie and the ghost of Duke Ellington who lives in Nicks attic and over the seasons that unseen world has expanded into shame wizards anxiety mosquitos depression kitties love bugs and other wild and weird characters. Likewise the initial focus on human characters Andrew Nick and Jessi has expanded giving weighty and meaningful roles to their peers parents and family members each with their own hangups and accompanying creatures.
At the start of Season 6 Missy sets her sights on Elijah Brian Tyree Henry formerly just an extra in the background who graduates to having a voice a name a personality and even his own storyline. In Episode 8 “Asexual Healing” Elijah is pleasantly surprised to find the shows camera following him for a change as he and Missy attend his familys cookout. And because he gets his own story he gets his own hormone monsters Gil Gil Ozeri and Barry Mike Birbiglia from the spinoff series “Human Resources” who immediately recommend that Elijah masturbate onto the grill. When a disgusted Elijah asks why he would ever do such a thing Gil looks straight at the camera and replies “Because its Big Mouth! These people [meaning both the filmmakers and the audience watching] are sick!”
9. Girl we got with your mom
One of the central tensions of “Big Mouth” is that it is a series replete with graphic sexual content involving children but written and performed by actors who are mostly in their 30s or 40s. As such there is a distinct young genXelder millennial frame of reference for much of the humor. Lonely loudmouth Lolas Kroll storyline in Episode 7 “Dadda Dia!” turns on three very specific 1990searly 2000s pop cultural references the boy band explosion at the turn of the millennium the 1994 “hot coffee” lawsuit against McDonalds and the 1999 ABBA jukebox musical “Mamma Mia!” After a toohot Hot Pocket burns her mouth Lola sues the company. When she wins a huge settlement the three members of the 2000s boy band Boys4Life Adam Levine Matt Rogers and Ed Helms show up at her door each of them claiming to be her father; Lolas mother a career groupie is currently touring with Hoobastank.
Each of them make their claim to Lolas parentage via the song “Girl We Got with Your Mom” a pitchperfect parody of the kind of bubble gum Y2K pop that sent *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys to the top of the charts two decades ago. The Bros narrate the circumstances in which Lolas mom Cookie had sex with all three of them in the same window of time to have possibly fathered Lola. “Holy Joe Paternity!” she exclaims. But if it all seems a little too good to be true thats because it is.
8. Dead Doves
Sometimes a joke doesnt need to be sophisticated or some elaborately constructed callback. Sometimes it just needs to be the sight of dead birds flopping out of a teenagers backpack. Episode 2 “Twenty Two and You” has the Bridgeton kids take a cutrate DNA test in their science class with some surprising results. Nick is shocked to discover that he is actually Scottish on his fathers side a revelation that powers most of his storyline for the season. Jay on the other hand is delighted to find that he has an older half brother from one of his fathers many affairs.
He and Matthew visit his new brothers house and while he is rebuffed the experience leads to an epiphany If Jay has one known halfbrother and if his father is a constant philanderer then there must be dozens of secret Bilzerians out there. He opens his backpack to release the doves he keeps inside. “Doves bring me my brothers!” the magicianintraining commands only to watch as three suffocated andor unfed white birds drop to the ground. “Oooooh boy” Jay sighs as a horrified Matthew looks on. Jays love of magic particularly of the Criss Angel Mindfreak style has been one of his most consistent traits and one of the first things he changes about himself for his relationship with Matthew; the dead doves are a sign of trouble to come.
7. Andrews Case File
Season 5 introduced love bugs little cheerful fireflylooking creatures who accompany the first blush of a new relationship. Chris ODowns Flanny Olympics was first introduced on “Human Resources” and makes his “Big Mouth” debut in Episode 2 as Andrews new love bug. But Flanny is not quite prepared for the horror show that is Andrew Gloubermans sexual history and soon finds his cheerful spirit crushed by Andrews massive case file.
When Maury throws a heavy box full of papers marked “Andrew” in Flannys hands the love bug is overwhelmed. “Mother of Mary thats Andrews file?” he asks Maury only to discover thats just the first box; theres a whole pallet of boxes marked “Flatulence issues” and “His f***in hats” among others. Flanny tries to find the silver lining in Andrews depraved clouds but always comes up short. When he asks if the class DNA test shows if Andrew is related to Bernie Maury chuckles “Oh that wouldnt stop Andrew.” Andrew being no help at all concurs. Flanny horrified and depressed at the revelation decides to start in on Andrews twobox incest file.
6. Lady Pussysqueak
Missys relationship with Elijah is bumpy from the very start as he turns out to be not a cute boy for her to project her feelings onto and grind with presumably but an actual person with thoughts and feelings of his own — religious feelings in particular. Missy is massively horny from the start of the season but Elijah is a devout Christian and his church is staunchly against selfpleasure. In Episode 6 “The Apple Brooch” Missy tries to abstain from doing anything more than holding hands with Elijah much to the dismay of her hormone monster Mona Thandiwe Newton. Lacking the physical intimacy she craves Missy pours her sexual frustrations into a fantasy world based on the hit Netflix Regencyera romance “Bridgerton.
Featuring the kids from the similarlytitled Bridgeton Middle in gowns and waistcoats Missys fantasy revolves around the roiling inner passions and outwardly chaste romances of Jane Austen. She drops her glove in front of Elijah who is entering the priesthood in a fortnight so that their fingers might touch ever so slightly. Meanwhile society ladies read the latest scandals as written by the mysterious Lady Pussysqueak whose identity remains a secret even though its obviously Lola thanks to the telltale sound coming from her private parts.
5. Your vulnerability is your strength
Nicks discovery from the DNA test that his father Elliot is Scottish sets off an incredible emotional journey for the entire Birch family. It turns out that Dr. Elliot Birch the most gentle man that Nick or anyone knows was born William McGregor and was trained as a child in the apparently ancient Scottish sport of nipple twisting by his brutal father Seamus Peter Capaldi himself a champion nipple twister. Nick seeks out his long lost grandfather who is living in squalor in Staten Island which results in Seamus coming to live with the Birches.
In a flashback we see how a terrible nipple twisting accident led Elliot to turn away from his fathers hypermascuine ways but when Seamus insults Nicks mom Diane Rudolph Elliot punches him out awakening the terrible alpha male within. All of this leads up to the season finale “F***ed Up Friday” in which a series of “Freaky Friday”esque body swaps lead to lessons being learned. Nick in the body of his grandfather challenges Elliot to a nipple twist to remind him that his gentleness is not a flaw. “Your vulnerability is actually strength” NickSeamus tells his fatherson as they twist each others nipples to oblivion a simultaneously heartwarming and hilarious moment.
4. Just remember youve been there before
Elsewhere in the finale Andrew finds himself in a much different clinch with a parent. Stuck in his fathers body it falls on his shoulders to repair his parents marriage and unfreaky this Friday. With MartyasAndrew playing Cyrano to AndrewasMarty from outside the bedroom door he admits feelings to Barbara that he never could have before That he loves and appreciates his wife more than anything and that his anger and abrasiveness is born from insecurity that hes just not good enough for her.
Like Nick talking sense into his father Andrews words from Martys body work on Barbara — a little too well. Barbara is not only touched by Martys declaration but turned on. She pushes Marty to the bed and takes his pants off and suddenly Andrew is confronted with the very real possibility that he might have to have sex with his mother in order to keep her from finding out about the body swap. Maury watching helplessly from the sidelines can only offer “Just remember — youve been there before!” by way of comfort. Luckily the body swap magic undoes itself at the last possible moment putting Marty back in his own body underneath Barbara and putting Andrew back in his body creeping by the door like a little pervert.
3. Roll the superclip!
Episode 4 “Rice Purity Test” focuses on the eponymous test a meme from Bernies school with 100 sexual or otherewise illicit acts. For every act youve done you subtract a point; the lower your score the more of a degenerate you are. When Andrew introduces the test to Bridgeton it spreads like a virus. No one is terribly surprised that Jays score is 2 but Andrews surprisingly low score of 61 generates more than a little disgust. Andrew objects to their ughs correctly noting that “you all know who I am” before turning to the camera and commanding “Roll the supercut!”
“Rice Purity Test” revives the lost art of the sitcom clip show when a longrunning series strings together old clips to pad out a light episode andor season. This episode ends up being more of a parody of clip shows than the real deal as it has plenty of plot mostly involving Missy and Jays divergent reactions to their respectively high and low scores and the clips ultimately dont matter much after the start of the episode. But if nothing else the episode gives us the Andrew supercut a quick run through six seasons worth of Andrews orgasm face as he defiles one moment after another whether in the comfort of his own room or hanging out with Nick and Jessi. “Jesus Andrew” says Gina Gina Rodriguez aghast at the montage we just watched “how are you not dehydrated like all the time?”
2. As Balthazar foretold
Episode 3 “Vagina Shame” is presented as a series of “case studies” by author and shame wizard Rita St. Swithens Juliet Mills centering around the particular sorts of shame that afflict the female characters of “Big Mouth” from Missy fretting over her first period to Caitlin Jenny Slate the pregnant girlfriend of Jessis dad learning that she will need to have a Csection instead of the natural birth she had planned. Lola gets her own case study as she debates whether or not to shave her pubic hair; when she hears Jay Nick and Andrew talking about their preference for women who are shaved the debate is settled.
But not everyone is on board with Lolas decision — specifically two loyal pubic hairs stylized as medieval knights Leandre and Balthazar. They extol the virtues of pubic hair as a natural protection against infection and apparently falling leaves as Balthazar keeps unhelpfully mentioning. Despite their protestations Lola shaves and immediately regrets her decision — and when a stray leaf blows in through the bathroom window she is powerless to stop it. “Ouch” she whimpers “Its as Balthazar foretold.” Lola is consistently one of Krolls best performances on the show whether shes playing Bonnie and Clyde with Jay or outing herself as a 911 truther and the pathos he gives to her grief is arguably the peak line reading of the season.
1. Hookup House Commercial
The show walks such a fine line in telling such sexually explicit stories about middle schoolers and as with “Dadda Dia” one of the subtle ways it sidesteps its own problematic content is in its decidedly late genxold millennial sense of humor and references. In the first episode of the season “The Hookup House” a humiliating attempt at Zoom sex with Bernie sends Andrew on a quest to find a more private space to be intimate.
He finds it in Nicks attic which is unoccupied other than the ghost of Duke Ellington and has a pair of willing hosts in Nicks sexually permissive parents. Nick initially against this use of his attic comes around when he realizes that having the “hookup house” will drastically increase his chances of making out with the girls of Bridgeton. But how to get the word out about the hookup house? By filming a commercial in the style of a 1900 adult chat line from the 1990s and airing it on the morning announcements of course.
Shot with a gauzy filter and featuring Andrew Nick and Jay lounging around the gross attic in silk robes while a saxophone plays lustily in the background it is the sort of thing that would be incomprehensible to any actual 13yearold in 2022 long after the internet had eradicated the need for both telephone chat lines and late night commercials for them. But for viewers and television writers of a certain age this genre of advertisement is burned into their memory and “Big Mouth” gets the vaguely sexy but mostly embarrassing details just right.