Netflix continues to push the envelope with its amazing and innovative series. The latest being one of its most outlandish, and interestingly informative–Sex Education! The dramatic comedy centers on, Otis (Asa Butterfield), son of a sex and relationship therapist (Gillian Anderson), dealing with his own insecurities and phobias surrounding sex.
Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, and Emma Mackey in Sex Education (2019)
Otis, alongside his best friend, Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), are low on the totem pole in the high school hierarchy. This all begins to change for Otis when he begins to fall for Maeve (Emma Mackey) a girl who happens to be an amazing writer, but has been labeled as the school slut. Otis manages to unwittingly find a niche for himself forming a “clinic” with Maeve to help their classmates with various sexual issues and the hijinks ensue!
What We Liked:
-The dramatic and comedic tones of the show. It really shows life–and sex–at best can be bittersweet.
-The dynamic between Otis and his mother. Her profession juxtaposed by the awkwardness of his burgeoning sexuality and the tension of many teen-parent relationships is all too real.
-The love triangle between Otis, Jeffery, and Maeve.
-The diversity of sexuality and sexual situations. This show does The Kinsey Scale justice!
What We Loved:
-The friendship and bond between Otis and Eric. These two were as thick as thieves and their friendship really overcame a lot.
-Eric’s journey of self-love and discovery, and the love he received from his family and community. It’s a far cry from the unsavory “welcome” many LGBT people of color receive.
-The array of information about sex! All kinds of sex–DOPE!
What We Hated:
-We would have loved to learn more about Otis’s father. He should definitely make an appearance Season 2.
-The love story between Eric and his bully is “to be continued…” Hurry up Season 2!