The third season of Netflix’s unique, hilarious animated sitcom about the ravages of puberty isn’t quite as laugh-out-loud funny as the first two, but it’s still got enough laughs and likability to warrant a dedicated watch. This time around there’s less focus on the hormone monsters (and monstresses), while a heightened spotlight is aimed at interpersonal relationships among young teenagers in the full throttle of puberty in its stead. Friendships are tested and new relationships begin as the characters try to navigate the complicated waters of adolescence, and while it’s not quite as screamingly hysterical as it used to be, it’s still one of the funniest mainstream shows on television. This time around, Jenny Slate’s Missy is the MVP thanks to her first-rate voice work and uncanny ability to communicate a variety of conflicting emotions without changing the timbre of her voice, and Thandie Newton makes a memorable late-season appearance as Missy’s edgy hormone monstress. John Mulaney’s Andrew continues a descent into toxicity throughout and it’s fascinating that the show is willing to explore the ramifications of male insecurity, while Nick Kroll’s Nick manages to make a terrific stand-in for the lessons being imparted for the audience. It’s perhaps not quite as re-watchable this time around, but it’s still one of the most entertaining shows of the year.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)