- Summary: 16-year-old Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) decides to form a sex therapy clinic with "bad girl" Maeve (Emma Mackey) after it is revealed his mother (Gillian Anderson) is a sex therapist in this dramedy created by Laurie Nunn.
- Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
- Season 1 premiere date: Jan 11, 2019
- Episode Length: 60
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Positive: 16 out of 16
Mixed: 0 out of 16
Negative: 0 out of 16
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan 19, 2019“Everybody is either thinking about shagging, about to shag, or actually shagging”.
Sex Education is a coming of age story about“Everybody is either thinking about shagging, about to shag, or actually shagging”.
Sex Education is a coming of age story about 16-year-olds, their life in high school and at home, and, most importantly about their sexual developments. The main storyline unfolds around a boy named Otis. His mom is a sexual therapist, which makes sex and everything connected with it even harder for him to talk about. Ironically, Otis, who has very little experience and feels tremendously awkward when it comes to sex and relationship, is surprisingly good at giving advice on those subjects to others. Therefore, this edgy cool girl Maeve, who is, as most would say, way out of Otis’ league recognizes his “talent” and encourages him to start a sex clinic inside school. And so, with that the story starts and we see several complex characters, who each have their own problems not only with sex, but also at school and with parents, developing throughout the show.
I believe that this series is very important to be seen. It opens a subject about sexual developments of teenagers that should not be ignored. It also shows how everybody has their issues and nobody is perfect, and that there is an explanation to everything. I feel like any teenager can find a character whom they relate to in the series. I love the fact that the show brings up the issue of bullying. Even though there’s no excuse for it, we can still see the fact that everything happens for a reason, that everything has a start somewhere and that if we as a community help to find that start, we can also help one to get rid of their issues, feel full as a person and happy with who they are. It demonstrates that everybody is different and it’s okay.… Expand
Jan 18, 2019The show has plenty of snarky wit sprinkled all over each episode. Even at its lamest, cliche moments, this quirky show remains quaintlyThe show has plenty of snarky wit sprinkled all over each episode. Even at its lamest, cliche moments, this quirky show remains quaintly entertaining. The morality lessons are mostly skin deep and copy/paste though. Some even backfire if you think about it. Ex: man says he's inspired by a brave boy owning/showing his fabulous true self. So the man also shows his own true self by... losing his temper and yelling? So what is the writer implying about this african immigrant's true self contrary to his normally tempered, wise, calm, gentleman demeanor?… Expand
Jan 17, 2019Almost perfect in its class (plot, humor, rate, characters). In almost every aspect is original and nothing like we could expect. There areAlmost perfect in its class (plot, humor, rate, characters). In almost every aspect is original and nothing like we could expect. There are some cliches but they dont have any special affect on a whole reception.… Expand
Jan 15, 2019Witty, dry Brit comedy gives excellent rewards to those that find it. Excellent acting by Gillian Anderson and a number of lesser knownWitty, dry Brit comedy gives excellent rewards to those that find it. Excellent acting by Gillian Anderson and a number of lesser known actors. Unlike some brit comedies this has been well funded and is nicely edgy.
I can say that I found it (as an Adult) very good - notwithstanding the 1 other rather indifferent review found here at the time I am posting (by truerock). An odd review which seems to be a shopping list of the subjects covered!… Expand
Jan 12, 2019This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Teen life at a British private secondary school.
I would estimate that the series will appeal mostly to young teens and not particularly to adults.
A teen student charges his class mates for sexual therapy and consultation.
Primary plot point: teen boy embarrassed about his mother being a sex therapist
Episode 1 opens with an explicit teen heterosexual sex scene. It also has other scenes with nudity and/or teen sex. Includes scenes of adult and teen use of illegal recreational drugs.
Other topics covered:
Teen social strata,
Teen social awkwardness,
Academic performance anxiety,
Teen Female on teen female sex shaming,
Teen on teen bullying,
Overly high parental expectations and standards,
Teen Sex Education,
Sexual performance anxiety,
Penis size anxiety,
Impact of recreational drugs on sexual performance.… Expand
Jan 14, 2019Disappointed 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.… Expand
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