Director: Kate Herron, Sophie Goodhart, Jamie Campbell (producer), Alice Seabright
Cast: Emma Mackey, Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, Gillian Anderson, Connor Swindells, Aimee Lou Wood, Kedar Williams-Stirling
Meet Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield). A regular high-school kid whose mother is a sex therapist. His regular life becomes a unique story when he decides to put all his knowledge about sex and relationships to use by starting a secret clinic in his school with his crush/ friend Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey). Together they provide advice and therapy to their fellow school mates. This teenage story talks about sex, love, sexuality and other aspects of a teenager’s life.
This series maintains the perfect balance when it comes to comedy and conveying much needed messages to teenagers. It can make you laugh at times and can also teach you a thing or two about life.
Be it dealing with a heartbreak or being abused by tough parents,
the show has perfectly captured the reality of the problems that many teenagers encounter. Naturally this paves way for a great emotional connect to the audience.
When trying to console a friend who is rejected by the girl he loves, Otis says ‘Love isn’t about grand gestures or the moon and the stars. It’s just dumb luck’ which is moving and deep. Asa Butterfield as Otis is charming, funny and strikes a chord with his amazing performance. Emma, who has a dashing resemblance to Hollywood star Margot Robbie, is the perfect fit for the role of Maeve – the school’s rebel.
The on-screen chemistry between the two is so adorable and their love story unfolds beautifully.
Of course there is a lot of drama but that is what makes this show interesting. Every coming-of-age story has a gay character who sticks with the lead of the film/ series.
Here we have Ncuti Gutwa as Eric Effiong – a cheerful lad. Ncuti is a brilliant actor and he shines in the scenes where Eric deals with his parents who have a hard time accepting his sexual orientation and also when he is torn between two love interests. Gillian Anderson as Dr.Jean Milburn (Otis’ mother) and Connor Swindells as Adam Groff also deserve the spotlight for the lively portrayal of their respective roles.
There are a lot of characters in the show and each have their own story arc which can be difficult to follow for a few episodes. As the title suggests, the show is filled with explicit content so viewer discretion is advised.
Sex Education is a perfect teen drama and is definitely worth a watch!
Available to stream on Netflix