• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 11, 2019
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Megan Vick
    Jan 14, 2019
    92
    The shining through line of Sex Education is the dedication to both the physical and emotional messiness of sex.
  2. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Jan 11, 2019
    91
    One of the best things about this show is the fact that so many of these characters do feel like kids--not hyper-articulate young adults, but scrambling teenagers who don’t really know how they feel about anything--they just know they feel it.
  3. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jan 3, 2019
    91
    Sex Education blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy. [11 Jan 2019, p.44]
  4. Reviewed by: Amy Glynn
    Jan 11, 2019
    89
    Sex Education is pretty much the most adorable show I’ve seen in a long time. It’s frank and sincere and gleefully awkward. As an anatomy of teen sexuality, it’s basically peerless, and it offers a thoughtful script, a strikingly good cast and a heart-forward story about “owning your narrative.”
  5. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jan 14, 2019
    80
    Under Nunn and directors Ben Taylor and Kate Herron (each of whom helm four episodes), this is a series that modernizes the genre to embrace every kind of kid--the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads, all of 'em!--and without pandering to any singular point of view in doing so.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 11, 2019
    80
    There’s the usual problem of Netflix drift for an episode or two midway through, where the plot dawdles while the writers and producers figure out an ending. Yet there’s an artfulness to the material and a genuine care on display here, too--a message that we are not just about the size and shape and inventive uses of our private parts.
  7. Reviewed by: Alex Abad-Santos
    Jan 11, 2019
    80
    Sex Education is one of the rare works that go beyond that trope to give depth and validation to teenage insecurities and emotions that coexist with raging hormones and mythic sex drives.
  8. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Jan 10, 2019
    80
    Sex Education is just as much about the triumphs, the times things do go right, and the consequences of emotional vulnerability that ultimately make it a happy and satisfying watch.
  9. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 9, 2019
    80
    There’s so much more than the vast majority of those teen comedies ever truly touch, and so it’s wonderfully refreshing to watch Sex Education address these more specific questions on-screen with such care and humor.
  10. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Jan 9, 2019
    80
    The show is graphic, gross, and inherently earnest: No matter how mortifying Otis might find his mother, he’s internalized her refusal to judge anyone.
  11. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 9, 2019
    80
    The series strains at first to establish the procedural format: a little bit “Masters of Sex,” a little bit “Doogie Howser, XXX.” But it blooms, over eight episodes, into a smart, sensitive look at teens finding their place and figuring out the owner’s manuals for their bodies.
  12. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 8, 2019
    80
    The result is a wonderful ensemble in which every character is presented one way, usually for immediately comic value, and then taken to unexpected or, if slightly expected, compassionate places. The supporting characters and performances deepen as the show goes along.
  13. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jan 7, 2019
    80
    Sex Education won’t be for everybody. The humor is often very dark, the awkwardness so cringe-inducing it can be difficult to watch. But like a well-meaning teen therapist, its intentions are so good that it’s difficult to hold much against the series. Like a generous partner, it’s willing to experiment and find a balance that works. And like sex--like good sex anyway--it’s often an absolute pleasure.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 7, 2019
    80
    Anderson is a comic delight. (Her enthusiastic delivery of the phrase “man milk” will stay with you.) And unsurprisingly, she’s terrific in the more dramatic moments when Jean tries to help her son deal with his own trauma. Butterfield is enormously charming, palpably vulnerable and deft with the jokes, like the hero of a movie John Hughes wrote for a young John Cusack but never got to make. ... A standout new teen comedy.
  15. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jan 10, 2019
    75
    "Sex" is not for everyone (pun intended), but if you're game for explicit scenes and dialogue and appreciate English wit, it's a cheerfully hilarious (but safely distant) return to puberty. If any series can make adult viewers appreciate getting past that life stage, it's this one.
  16. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 4, 2019
    75
    It’s a far-fetched premise: Can you imagine anyone in high school, where gossip is a commodity and kids are desperate to look more experienced than they really are, paying to confess their sexual dysfunctions to a peer? Yet Sex Education earns the suspension of disbelief it requires. Populated by multidimensional characters with sympathetic problems, the show embodies–and espouses–some of TV’s most progressive views on sex.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 71 out of 76
  2. Negative: 2 out of 76
  1. Jan 16, 2019
    9
    At first the tone of this confused me – set in a kind of Americanised version of a UK "high school", with hallways full of lockers, homecomingAt first the tone of this confused me – set in a kind of Americanised version of a UK "high school", with hallways full of lockers, homecoming balls, theatre-style assemblies, jocks and geeks, and all the things I recognise from US media and never saw in any actual British schools. The Welsh landscape even makes it look like it was *filmed* in America at times. But the language and the attitudes are very British, and completely won me over – in the end it comes across as a kind of British homage to a John Hughes aesthetic, but with a sex-positive and down-to-earth European dynamic that is surprisingly refreshing. It's impossible to imagine a comparable American show doing some of the things in Sex Education – like the fantastic third episode, which focuses undramatically on a teenage girl's abortion and finds humour, emotion, and unexpected togetherness in the entire process. The nudity is also admirably unvoyeuristic, with titillation offset by being played (often brilliantly) for comic effect. Everyone seems like they are having a lot of fun, and for once there are actually several people in the ensemble cast that I am interested in. I could watch this kind of thing all day long. Full Review »
  2. Jan 15, 2019
    10
    I have watched a lot of tv and movies in my life and I honestly think that this the best and most relatable coming of age show that I've ever seen.
  3. Jan 14, 2019
    5
    Disappointed given all the high praise. It's by no means a bad show, but as far as UK comedies go it falls far short of excellent recentDisappointed given all the high praise. It's by no means a bad show, but as far as UK comedies go it falls far short of excellent recent offerings like End of the F***ing World and Catastrophe. A few of the jokes land but the odd mash-up of 80's stylings in an otherwise modern setting actually mirrors the very outdated nature of the high school tropes being trotted out here that would have been better left in the last century. Watchable but in an age where there's literally too much great programming to keep up with this it just doesn't make the cut. Full Review »