Sex Education – Review

User Rating: 8
Sex Education Series Netflix Review Rating Flixxpanda
Image Credit - Netflix
Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Laurie Nunn
Starring Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Alistair Petrie, Mimi Keene, Aimee Lou Wood, Chaneil Kular, Simone Ashley, Tanya Reynolds, Mikael Persbrandt, Patricia Allison, James Purefoy
Released on 11 January 2019 – present
Duration 46–52 minutes
No. of Episodes 1
No. of Seasons 8
Channel Netflix

Sex Education is Netflix’s latest series that you will binge watch. Its just that good.

The most recently dropped show on the streaming platform is all about sex. Yes, you heard me it’s literally all about doing the dirty. But what most people happen to be skeptical about before watching it is the fact that it’s literally named Sex Education, how deep could it probably be?

I am here to tell you, pretty damn deep (if you’ll excuse the pun please). The show is incredibly well written and for one aimed at a fairly young audience, the attention to detail is astounding. It’s not cheap trash aimed at acquiring a few tween fans. It’s not trying to get a fanbase as quick as possible. It doesn’t do much to reel you in and make you feel a desperate need to watch it. It’s quieter in its story-telling, not bombarding you with the characters or their backgrounds. It does a gentler introduction to each of them. It imitates real life and you feel like you’re meeting real people. People you want to get to know.

Well what’s it about? Sex, mainly. Set in high school, the show follows Otis (Asa Butterfield). He’s 16 and his sexual awakening is yet to happen. But he’s more than enough exposed to the world of smashing booties (as someone would say). His mum, Jean (Gillian Anderson) a sex therapist you see. So, although he may be a youngling barely entering the world of sex, he’s overheard plenty of conversations between his mum and her clients. Enough to know that sex isn’t easy.

At school a business savvy Maeve (Emma Mackey) persuades him to start a sex clinic of sorts. Her goal is to earn a bit of cash. So, Otis agrees and the two split the money. Otis giving out advice and Maeve keeping track of money and appointments. The obvious does start to happen as Otis starts to fall for Maeve. But it’s not that simple and their relationship isn’t at the forefront of the season all the time.

The characters are extremely well-written. Between the jaw dropping shots of the English hillside and the eclectic retro tunes, we learn to love the cast. They may be eccentric at times. But they’re vulnerable and easy to adore. The show portrays the kids as kids, teens who don’t understand much of what’s going on in their bodies. Teens who don’t fear emotions but feel them on a spectrum. That’s not to say the adults of the show are perfect role models. Jean’s string of casual sex partners and fear of anything long term proves that.

Sex Education is realistic enough to be relatable and loveable. But it leaves in enough bouts of romanticism to be an escape from reality. As the cast fumbles through learning about their bodies we are endeared. We want them to succeed. Sex isn’t easy, it’s messy and complicated. But watching others stutter through their blooming sexualities is entertaining enough. Personally, I’m hoping for a season two.

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