Premise: Nick Kroll co-created this animated comedy about middle schoolers going through puberty and coming of age. This season focuses on going to a summer camp while the kids mature into having crippling “anxiety” for the first time.
The show is, first and foremost, a comedy but makes sure to have nuanced and diverse takes on the terrors of puberty as well ― a rarity in American culture.
The show has earned four Emmy nominations so far, including a win for Maya Rudolph in “Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance.”
Setting: New York City suburb
Netflix descriptors: “Raunchy,” “witty” and “quirky”
How it starts: The show created a musical “recap” of the previous episodes that goes beyond Netflix’s typical montage of earlier scenes. The characters explain what has happened through song for about 2 minutes.
After the recap, the show cuts to a yellow bus for Camp Mohegan Sun, stopping in front of a wood drop-off shelter. Totem poles serve as columns for the shelter. The main character, Nick, steps out of the bus wearing a backup and slaps the back of his neck while saying, “Ow, fucking mosquitos.”
Notable cast: Fred Armisen, Ayo Edebiri, Jessi Klein, Nick Kroll, Jason Mantzoukas, John Mulaney and Maya Rudolph
Runtime: The fourth season runs 10 episodes of roughly 28 minutes
Bonus: Netflix put out a short video of one of the characters, Maury the Hormone Monster, doing a guided meditation.