10 Ways Humans Resources Is Actually Better Than Big Mouth

Human Resources is actually better in comparison to its flagship series, Big Mouth, in various key ways. That’s not to say Big Mouth is not amazing in its own right as one of Netflix’s biggest and most awarded adult animation series, but Human Resources successfully overtakes its predecessor with several distinct characteristics. As Big Mouth’s spinoff subseries, Human Resources opens up the opportunity for audiences to experience an entirely new world within the franchise.


Still, though, Human Resources‘s two seasons champions some of the best features of Big Mouth — the crude hilarity and “no holds barred” mentality masterfully layered overtop of very deep and compelling storylines makes Human Resources a special success that is also an ode to the original series. However, the addition to Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s Big Mouth brainchild is, in a number of ways, just a cut above.

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10 Old Favorites Star In Human Resources Alongside New Voices

Maury and Connie in Human Resources

Within Human Resources, audiences can discern the familiar voices of Maya Rudolph and Nick Kroll, who reprise their roles from Big Mouth to feature in Human Resources’ cast of characters as the Hormone Monsters, Connie LaCienega and Maury Beverly, respectively. The especially raunchy Hormone Monsters were Big Mouth favorites, and so it is particularly satisfying to experience their performances among a good deal of new voices, characters, and cameos. Alongside Rudolph, Kroll, and other familiar voices of Human Resources season 1 are the likes of Florence Pugh, Niecy Nash-Betts, Miley Cyrus, Eugene Levy, and more.

Related: Miley Cyrus, Florence Pugh & 8 Other Cameos In Human Resources Season 2

9 Human Resources Features More Monsters & Creatures

Petra and Hope in Human Resources

The series’ new voice performers lent to even more additions of never-before-seen monsters and creatures in Human Resources. Already, Human Resources season 1 introduced several monsters and creatures unseen in Big Mouth, including Logic Rocks, Ambition Gremlins, Addiction Angels, Need Demons, and Anxiety Sweaters. Whereas Big Mouth tended to institute the latest monster/creature seasonally and as its characters needed them, Human Resources season 2 continued its own trend of steadily featuring new monsters and creatures with the addition of emotion incarnations like Hope and Hate Worms.

8 Human Resources Refocuses On Monster/Creature Storylines

Rochelle as hate worm in Human Resources

One of Human Resources’ best qualities lies in the simple fact that viewers are allowed into the worlds of Big Mouth’s secondary characters. Big Mouth utilized the emotion monsters and creatures to develop the characters of human teenagers who primarily hold the narrative of the series, while Human Resources utilizes more succinct human scenes to detail and expand the narratives of its emotion monsters and creatures, successfully refocusing them as main characters. In doing so, Human Resources permits audiences to learn more about its emotional incarnations in just as deep and compelling storylines.

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7 Human Resources Appeals To A Wider Audience

Emmy and Van in Human Resources

Big Mouth and its characters appeal to many because it investigates the awkward, uncomfortable life stage of puberty and adolescence, a point in life a large part of the population can easily relate to; Human Resources jumps off from that time period to flesh out other stages of life — from birth to death — to open up the franchise narrative to a much larger group of viewers. Big Mouth co-creator has since admitted that opening up the scope of Human Resources was a major driving force to the series being made, saying

“A major impetus for doing Human Resources was for us to be able to explore all of these other major focal points of life, like giving birth and then postpartum depression, or having an aging parent or grandparent going through dementia, or going to college and whether you stay together with your girlfriend or not.” (via Fast Company)

All in all, Human Resources covers so much between birth and death that it is certainly chock-full of something anyone can relate to.

6 Human Resources Emphasizes Diverse Adult Narratives

Alice and Rochelle in Human Resources-1

Included in its wide-ranging reach is Human Resources’ emphasis on diverse adult narratives. The best instance occurred in Human Resources’ season 2 establishment of the character Alice who lives with a disability and struggles to navigate a world built for abled persons. Not only does Human Resources spotlight her diverse narrative alongside other underrepresented accounts (like those of the neurodiverse, LGBTQ+ members, and the elderly), but the series goes so far as to have her voiced by Ali Wong, who is similarly disabled herself.

Related: The Best Characters In Netflix’s Human Resources

5 Human Resources Is Funnier Than Big Mouth

Maury in Human Resources

The original series is a major hoot with raucous comedy and suggestive jokes, but in some ways, Human Resources is a lot funnier than Big Mouth. For one, Human Resources’ refocus on an influx of monsters and creatures makes for even more hyperbolic entertainment strengthened by enthusiastic voice performances of actors who give them larger-than-life personalities. But, on top of an increase of wacky dramatizations and scenarios are more relatable adult witticisms, making the series overwrought with humor and a lot funnier than Big Mouth.

4 Human Resources Has The Storytelling Charm Of Big Mouth, But Does It Better

Walter and Simon Sex in Human Resources

Because Human Resources gears away from childhood content, it is able to capitalize off of a particular winning attribute found in Big Mouth, which is the overly sexualized and raunchy charm of the franchise. Although Big Mouth balances the line between okay and too far in telling the stories of its main characters, some subjects would seem too extreme within the realm of children. Human Resources is able still to broach uncomfortable subjects, but can take them much further, as proven by the series incorporation of Montel’s Jizz Mitzvah, the characters’ rear-end-themed holiday party, and many more NSFW escapades.

3 Human Resources Has A Stronger Emotional Core Than Big Mouth

Sarah crying on Paul in Human Resources

The entertaining intensity of Human Resources is balanced out by very cutting moments. As the scope of the TV series is decidedly much larger, Human Resources can tap into some of the more emotional times one can experience from birth to death. Although Human Resources touches on several moments and topics that top Big Mouth on the scale of emotion, Human Resources season 2 shocked audiences with a tear-jerking storyline about growing old, the complications of it, and the grief of losing an elderly family member.

2 Human Resources Improves On Big Mouth’s Best Ideas

Rochelle and lovebugs in Human Resources

The intensely emotional moments held in Human Resources helps the series improve on Big Mouth’s best ideas. Big Mouth is a crucial proponent of taking the awkward and uncomfortable moments of growing up in stride. Human Resources takes the virtues of the franchise one step further by becoming, by the end of the series, a proponent of harboring love over hate and using it to make life more fun and fulfilling.

1 Human Resources Is A Quick, Fulfilling Watch

Human Resources characters

All things considered, Human Resources is a wholly fulfilling watch that recalls the greatest features of the Big Mouth television series. Even though Human Resources has been canceled after just two seasons, the subseries is the perfect supplement to its mother show. For audiences uninterested in immersing themselves in Big Mouth’s seven seasons, there exists a satisfying manifestation of the original series in Human Resources that, at times, outdoes Big Mouth and itself.

Source: Fast Company

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