Sexual Health

‘Sex Education’ is Netflix’s Newest Sensation

Netflix released their new show Sex Education on January 11th 2019, and it’s not a show you want to watch when your family is around.

Set in the fictional town of Moordale in England, Sex Education takes place in the present time but has a 70’s aesthetic vibe. The show centers around 16-year-old Otis Milburn, an awkward teen who has no experience with anything sexual. He pairs up with the quick-witted social outcast and bad-girl Maeve Wiley and they start a sexual health clinic in their schools to give out advice to their classmates, after discovering Otis has a talent for sex therapy from living with his mother Dr. Jean Milburn, who is a well-known sex therapist.

 

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The series stars Asa Butterfield (“The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas”, “Hugo”) as Otis Milburn and Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”) as Dr Jean Milburn. With newcomers Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley, Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong, Connor Swindells as Adam Groff, Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Mitchell and Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs.

Despite being called Sex Education the show isn’t explicitly educational. The educational parts feature mostly when Otis is giving out sex advice during the clinic, which generally discusses problems that a lot of people would have in their sex lives. But it is done in such a way that it is entertaining but still teaching you something. Throughout the show, the educational aspect is also subtle but still present through the dialogue and actions of the characters, showing the correct ways of handling a variety of situations.

Though it may seem like the show is all about sex, it is a teen comedy-drama about all the different relationships and friendships that teenagers have and the problems that they might face whilst in them. However, the show does still have sex scenes scattered throughout, so be cautious about where and with who you watch it with.

Since Otis is the main character, we get to see all the relationships he has throughout the eight-episode season. His three main relationships are, with his mother who likes to overstep boundaries, his friendship and unrequited feelings for Maeve and his friendship with his best friend Eric. All his relationships have highs and lows as each character goes through their own problems. Other relationships we see are Eric and his family, especially his father who is concerned about his son being gay and dressing wildly in their small town and the toxic one between Adam and his father, who is the principal of their school.

The show touches on topics and situations that a lot of young adults and especially teens go through today, it is relatable to some extent, which is something the show did well.

The show also covers LGBTQ+ issues to religious issues, and it was done in a way that was respectful and entertaining. They also showcased a diverse group of people, all from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and nationalities. The characters are well written, they all have depth, and most are extremely likable.

One thing that wasn’t done well, was their portrayal of English culture. Netflix and the show have gotten criticism over their inaccurate representation of the school system and life in England. The school and its culture are very Americanised. There is no school uniform and the sports players have varsity-like jackets. More so, the activities that happen on the school grounds, such as the smoking and the PDA wouldn’t be happening so openly.

With an age rating of 18, Sex Education is a show that is good for anyone over the appropriate age, with teens, young adults and older adults enjoying and raving about the show.