Sex Education (2019-) – Season 1
Title: Sex Education
Genre: Comedy | Drama |
Seasons: 1 |
Runtime: 45 min/episode
Creator: Laurie Nunn
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Emma Mackey
A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.
Hollywood has been exaggerating when it comes to sex, from James Bond to American Pie where objectifying women and provide dramatic storylines in relationship-based dramas. American Pie – movies is probably the few one that had the courage to naturalize the terms and closure of what intimate relationship actually means. Few has the balls to talk about masturbation, fucking, breast or vaginal penetration without being embarrassed about the subject matter.
This Netflix- Show doesn’t. It has a high mature level that makes the concept about Sex Education feel natural and important. It contains of eight episodes where we follow the sexual experience of Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey). Otis had some problem to relive himself in the beginning which only could mean the opposite for the season finale. Gillian Anderson takes on somewhat sex therapist that inspires Otis and Maeve to run a sex clinic on the school. Even if it feels like a high school teen series from the U.S, it’s plain British. The essence of the British culture is surpassed to some degree which is unfortunately. The show also explores the LGBT-community and some issues that several students has. Then it’s Otis job to fix their problems.
Butterfield gets on an interesting protagonist that the show follows but he isn’t the most complexed one. Maeve has some interesting backstory that feels somehow familiar in these sorts of circumstances. Then we have Adam Groff (Connor Swindells), one of the bullies of the school, who is more of the most complex character. He has trouble from the beginning to the end. He has trouble to find his own identity and tries to get closure with his father Mr. Groff; who in this case is the Head Master for the school. This even complicates their relationship even further which is one of the best and interesting storylines this TV-Series has provided.
The series balances almost exclusively between awkward comedy and drama that make you feel more for these characters. Maeve and Otis relationship expands even further throughout this first season and it’ll never get boring between them. There is such dynamic tone between these characters that makes it feel fresh and interesting. Completing this relation with Andersons performance as the disturbing mother and her multiple sex partners. Even the famous (in Sweden) Mikael Persbrandt makes a role that doesn’t bring that much depth to the story. Mikael and his daughter become unnecessary where it even feel uncomplete to the concept of the show. Persbrandt just feels unsuitable for this show.
This show is far lighter in both tone and subject compared to the other controversially teen drama 13 Reasons Why. It definitely has some likable character that’s interesting and a simple story which is easy to follow. On the way, you might catch up one or two tip that spices up you own relationship…
On February 1st, Sex Education was renewed for a Season 2.