Big Mouth: My Furry Valentine (2019)

This 45-minute Valentine’s special is on par with the show’s superior aesthetic, writing and extraordinary voice work from its all-star cast. Picking up right where season 2’s finale ends, “My Furry Valentine” furthers its thesis on the awkwardness of adolescence and the confusion of puberty with the same screamingly hysterical, joke-a-minute style that’s served the show so well thus far. John Mulaney’s Andrew, in particular, enters a new phase of his sexual awakening including sexual frustration and jealous rage, and it’s remarkable that the show tackles something so unsettling with the clarity and incisiveness as its tackled everything else so far. Andrew Rannell’s Matthew also grows in this special, discovering an identity beyond “snappy gay guy” that is both interesting and refreshing. It’s not often that a one-off special is as intrinsically connected to its source material but it’s a neat hat trick that the show-runners manage to pull off with conviction, focus and ease.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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