Human Resources (TV series)

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Human Resources
Human Resources logo.png
Genre
Created by
Based on
Big Mouth
by
  • Nick Kroll
  • Andrew Goldberg
  • Mark Levin
  • Jennifer Flackett
Starring
Opening theme"Make Me Feel" by Janelle Monáe
ComposerMark Rivers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
  • Kelly Galuska
  • Nick Kroll
  • Andrew Goldberg
  • Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett
Producers
EditorFelipe Salazar
Running time25–28 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix Streaming Services
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18) –
present (present)
Chronology
RelatedBig Mouth

Human Resources is an American adult animated sitcom that serves as a spin-off and subseries to Big Mouth, centering around the workplace of the Hormone Monsters depicted in the series. Created by Kelly Galuska, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett for Netflix, the spin-off series was announced in October 2019.[1] It premiered on March 18, 2022, and stars Aidy Bryant, Randall Park, and Keke Palmer.[2] The series has received positive reviews, and was renewed for a second season in April 2022.[3]

Premise[edit]

A workplace comedy set in the world of the monsters from Big Mouth, in which the monsters are assigned to a group of human adults as their representation of feelings.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Aidy Bryant as Emmy Fairfax, a female Lovebug that gets assigned to Becca after Sonya was fired from her position.
  • Randall Park as Peter "Pete" Doheny, a Logic Rock that represents logic within humans.
  • Keke Palmer as Rochelle Hillhurst, a hate-worm turned Lovebug and Emmy's best friend, who is assigned to Doug. Her client in Big Mouth was Missy Foreman-Greenwald.
  • David Thewlis as Lionel St. Swithens, a Shame Wizard who haunts children through puberty, stoking and representing their deepest shame.
  • Brandon Kyle Goodman as Walter Las Palmas, a male Lovebug that formed a close bond with Yara throughout her life. He later becomes her granddaughter, Natalie's Lovebug, after Yara passes away. His client in Big Mouth was Nick Birch.
  • Maya Rudolph as Constance "Connie" LaCienega, a Hormone Monstress who helps adolescent females go through puberty. Her clients in Big Mouth were Jessi Glaser and briefly, despite being male, Nick Birch.
  • Nick Kroll as:
    • Maurice "Maury" Beverley, a raspy-voiced Hormone Monster that helps adolescent males go through puberty. His clients in Big Mouth were Duke Ellington, Andrew Glouberman, and Matthew Macdell.
    • Rick, an elderly disfigured, but experienced Hormone Monster that helps people through words of enthusiasm. His clients in Big Mouth were Coach Steve and Nick Birch.
    • Todd, a zombie who works as an electrician at Human Resources.
    • Kroll also voices the priest who marries Doug and his fiancée, and Cocky Balls-Boa, one of Maury's dicks modeled after Rocky Balboa.

Recurring[edit]

  • Pamela Adlon as Sonya Poinsettia, a former Lovebug turned bartender who was fired for having come into contact with Claudia, outside of her assigned human, Becca. Her client in Big Mouth was Jessi Glaser.
  • Maria Bamford as:
    • Tito Taylor Thomas the Anxiety Mosquito, a female Mosquito that represents anxiety in humans.
    • Kitty Dukakis the Depression Kitty, an anthropomorphic purple cat employed in the Department of Puberty's Depression Ward.
  • Ali Wong as Becca Lee, an Asian-American lawyer who becomes a first-time mother, to which the monsters are assigned.
  • Mike Birbiglia as Barry, Becca's husband.
  • Bobby Cannavale as Gavin Reeves, an impulsive, intense Hormone Monster who takes his job seriously to Maury's annoyance. He is later killed off in the season finale, "Shitstorm". His client in Big Mouth was briefly Natalie prior to her transition.
  • John Gemberling as Tyler Pico, an immature teenage Hormone Monster that was fired from his position for working with Lionel in the second season of Big Mouth. He previously worked as Gavin's assistant, who he gets constantly harassed and abused for his amusement, and serves as Barry's own Hormone Monster.
  • Hugh Jackman as Dante, an addiction angel who starts the series involved with Emmy but later dates Rochelle.
  • Rosie Perez as Petra the Ambition Gremlin, a Gremlin that represents human ambitions.
  • Thandiwe Newton as Mona, a British-accented Hormone Monstress that is a chaotic influence on adolescent females. She is often seen holding a lighter in her hand. Her client in Big Mouth was Missy Foreman-Greenwald.
  • Harvey Guillén as José, an anthropomorphic Spider who is the Receptionist of Human Resources.
  • Tim Robinson as Doug Fredrick, an arrogant newlywed man who is a massive fan of the Phoenix Suns.
  • Ashley London as Donna Fredrick, Doug's loving newlywed wife.
  • Chris O'Dowd as Flanny O'Lympic, Barry's Lovebug who speaks in an Irish accent.
  • Sabrina Jalees as Nadja El-Khoury, a Lebanese-American high school student who gets accepted to the University of California, Berkeley while in a personal conflict with her girlfriend after she got accepted to Rutgers University.
  • Josie Totah as Natalie El-Khoury, a transgender teenager who debuted in the fourth season of Big Mouth. In Human Resources, she is revealed to be Nadja's younger sister.
  • Nidah Barber-Raymond as Yara El-Khoury, Natalie's and Nadja's ailing paternal grandmother, Amir's mother, and Walter's client that was close to him.
  • Ahmed Mawas as Amir El-Khoury, Natalie's and Nadja's father and Yara's son.
  • Ulka Simone Mohanty as Nabilah El-Khoury, Natalie's and Nadja's mother.
  • Gil Ozeri as Gil, a Hormone Monster and Joe's best friend.
  • Joe Wengert as Joe, a Hormone Monster and Gil's best friend.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Helen Mirren as Rita St. Swithens, a renowned Shame Wizard and Lionel's mother.
  • Lupita Nyong'o as Asha, a Shame Wizard that Lionel has a one-night stand with.
  • Jemaine Clement as Simon Sex, a sensitive, shroom-taking Hormone Monster and a friend of Maury.
  • Janelle Monáe as Claudia, Becca's doula who once fell in love with Sonya.
  • John Mulaney as Andrew Glouberman, a Jewish-American teenage boy and Maury's client who spends much of his time furtively masturbating.
  • Henry Winkler as Keith from Grief, an anthropomorphic sweater from the Grief department.
  • Ariana DeBose as Danielle, Nadia's girlfriend who gets accepted to Rutgers University which leads her into a personal conflict.
  • James III as Cat Stevens, Barry's male Depression Kitty who is seen wearing headphones on his neck.
  • Kayvan Novak as Arsalan, a Shame Wizard, and Asha's husband.
  • James Adomian as the Need Demon, a demon that manifests Becca's baby.
  • Casey Wilson as Empathy Mulholland, an anthropomorphic Owl who represents empathy and the Hormone Monsters sex counselor.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Birth"Henrique JardimKelly Galuska & Nick Kroll & Andrew Goldberg & Mark Levin & Jennifer FlackettMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
When Sonya gets fired, an amateur Lovebug named Emmy tries to take over her client, a stressed-out pregnant lady named Becca. It's Maury's birthday, but he does not feel like celebrating. Joe and Gil get stuck on the elevator and soon end up in a division floor full of monsters of enlightenment.
2"Training Day"Bryan FrancisVictor QuinazMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
When the Hormone Monsters' chronic fornicating begins disrupting work, they are forced to take Sensitivity Training, but Mona is quite incorrigible about her horny instincts. In hopes to encourage Emmy, Walter takes her to meet with a client of his, an aging Mid-Eastern woman named Yara. Pete the Logic Rock is annoyed when Rochelle begins encouraging a client they share together named Doug to be superfluous with finances.
3"Bad Mummies"Alex SalyerL.E. CorreiaMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
The Shame Wizard, real-name Lionell, is desperate for his mother Rita to approve of him, but soon discovers a shocking secret about her regarding the Depression Kitty. Emmy tries to get Becca to love her child. Connie offers to look after Maury's dicks, but she ends up getting in over her head.
4"Rutgers is for Lovers"Henrique JardimMitra JouhariMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
Rochelle and Petra the Ambition Gremlin end up clashing on what college their client Nadja (the sister of Natalie from Big Mouth) should go to based on how it will effect her relationship with her girlfriend Danielle, leading to tensions at the high-school prom. Pete discovers that Emmy and Rochelle have been calling him a awkward nickname behind his back for 5 decades and is quite ticked off. Maury and Connie attempt to spice up their sex-life.
5"Love in the Time of Postpartum"Bryan FrancisMonique MosesMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
Becca and her husband Barry's marriage begins to hit a rough patch when Becca goes back to work, which leads to both of their monster teams to see if they should divorce. When Maury and Connie find out that Sonya has been drowning her sorrows at a bar, they try to set her up with Rick, leading to strange results.
6"The Addiction Angel"Alex SalyerMax SilvestriMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
Dante the Addiction Angel causes a problem when he becomes Doug's new creature and puts him on a strict exercise program for the sake of fitting into his wedding suit. Joe and Gil steal Andrew from Maury to avoid losing their jobs, but they find that Andrew's non-stop masturbating is too much for them. The Shame Wizard tries to help Emmy kick her obsession with Dante when he dumps her.
7"International Creature Convention"Henrique JardimMitra Jouhari & Caleb HearonMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
The monsters go to a convention in North Korea where Emmy gets angry at Rochelle for being with Dante, Maury and Connie take their relationship to the next level and the Shame Wizard is roped into an aggressive threesome with a Shame Wizard couple.
8"The Light"Bryan FrancisBrandon Kyle GoodmanMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
Sonya tells Emmy why she got fired; she hooked up with Becca's doula Claudia who ended up seeing her glow. Maury and Gavin become competitors in a cockfight (a fight where their bladders wrestle).
9"It's Almost Over"Alex SalyerVictor QuinazMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
When Yara begins to die, Walter and Pete find themselves visited by a walking sweater named Keith from Grief who tries to help them and Yara's family cope, but they are anything but thrilled to have him. Emmy and Rochelle have a spat at the office regarding what happened at the convention earlier in the season.
10"Shitstorm"Henrique JardimL.E. CorreiaMarch 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)
A huge storm causes a blackout at Human Resources causing the monster to be unable to open portals to Earth and Gavin, Pete, the Shame Wizard, Petra, Walter, and Dante go to solve the problem. Becca, Doug and their spouses meet during the storm and tensions rise on account of Emmy and Rochelle. Maury gets pregnant but Connie is incredibly apprehensive about parenthood but things may change when Connie tries to save Maury when he gets trapped in the bathroom. Joe and Gil try to eat all of the food in the fridge during the blackout.

Production[edit]

On October 3, 2019, Netflix announced a straight-to-series order for a spin-off series titled Human Resources, set within the show's universe. Kroll, Goldberg, Levin, Flackett, Nate Funaro, and Kelly Galuska were set to executive produce.[1] On June 14, 2021, more details of the series were announced, including casting. Nick Kroll, Maya Rudolph, and David Thewlis reprised their roles for the spin-off as Maurice the Hormone Monster, Connie the Hormone Monstress, and the Shame Wizard, with additional cast members Brandon Kyle Goodman, Keke Palmer, Aidy Bryant, and Randall Park joining the series.[4] On October 15, 2021, it was announced that Pamela Adlon has joined the spin-off, reprising her role as Sonya the Lovebug, and Goodman's and Palmer's roles were revealed.[5] On January 12, 2022, it was reported that Rosie Perez, Jemaine Clement, Thandiwe Newton, Bobby Cannavale, Henry Winkler, and Maria Bamford were cast in the series, with Cannavale, Bamford, Newton and Clement reprising their roles from Big Mouth. The series was released on March 18, 2022.[2]

On March 1, 2022, an official trailer was released with Helen Mirren, Lupita Nyong'o, Chris O'Dowd, Harvey Guillén, Janelle Monáe, Mike Birbiglia, Tim Robinson, Hugh Jackman and Ali Wong joining the spin-off. Jackman previously guest-starred in Big Mouth voicing a fictional version of himself, being depicted as one of Maury's dicks and Wong has voiced recurring character Ali since the third season.[6][7] Later that same month, Kroll revealed the remainder of the cast for the series through social media.[8] On April 18, 2022, Netflix renewed the series for a second season.[3]

Reception[edit]

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, season one holds a 90% approval rating based on 20 critic reviews, with an average rating of 7.4/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "The Hormone Monsters are pushing paper and phalluses in Human Resources, a workplace spinoff of Big Mouth that's just as raunchy and sweet."[9] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 72 out of 100, based on 6 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Elly Belle of The A.V. Club gave the series a B and said, "Familiarity with Big Mouth may bring in viewers, but Human Resources' distinctive humor and commentary on humanity will keep them watching."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nakamura, Reid (October 3, 2019). "'Big Mouth' Spinoff 'Human Resources' Ordered to Series at Netflix". TheWrap. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Cordero, Rosy (January 12, 2022). "'Human Resources': Netflix Reveals Premiere Date & Six New Cast Members". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 12, 2022.
  3. ^ a b Chapman, Wilson (April 18, 2022). "'Big Mouth' and 'Human Resources' Renewed at Netflix". Variety. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  4. ^ Lang, Jamie (June 14, 2021). "'Big Mouth' Spinoff 'Human Resources' Adds Randall Park, Keke Palmer, Aidy Bryant (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  5. ^ Bubp, Ashley (October 15, 2021). "'Big Mouth' Season 5 Trailer Reveals Lovebugs, Hate Worms, and Kumail Nanjiani as Himself". Collider. Retrieved February 25, 2022.
  6. ^ Murphy, Chris (March 1, 2022). "Watch the First Trailer for Netflix's 'Big Mouth' Spin-Off, 'Human Resources'". Vanity Fair. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  7. ^ Ridgely, Charlie (March 1, 2022). "Human Resources: Big Mouth Spinoff Trailer Released by Netflix". comicbook.com. Retrieved March 1, 2022.
  8. ^ Kroll, Nick [@nickkroll] (March 11, 2022). "holy shit look at this cast. ONE WEEK until @hrnetflix" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 14, 2022. Retrieved March 16, 2022 – via Twitter.
  9. ^ "Human Resources: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  10. ^ "Human Resources: Season 1". Metacritic. Fandom, Inc. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  11. ^ Belle, Elly (March 11, 2022). "Human Resources giddily reveals the vulnerabilities of all of Big Mouth's creatures". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 16, 2022.

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