Set as a British comedy-drama, Sex Education is the latest of Netflix’s Original series. At the crux of it all is Otis, a high school student who’s a little awkward and sexually inexperienced. His mum Jean just so happens to be a renowned author and sex therapist. Despite his lack of experience and confidence, he’s learnt (and overheard) a lot growing up. This sees him take on a similar guidance role, by accident, among his school peers with the help of his new friend Maeve. They decide to form an underground sex therapy clinic (of sorts) to listen, help and make a few extra dollars along the way. Through Otis’ analysis of teen sexuality, he comes to realise he may need some help, guidance and self-discovery himself.
This is a brilliant, refreshing and progressive example of what other shows should be looking to as the benchmark. From storyline and plot, to characters and casting, Sex Education is inclusive in many ways. The show represents multiple sexual orientations through portraying characters with interesting storylines and educational dialogue. The series doesn’t shy away from anything (even if it’s uncomfortable) and that’s what makes this show unique. There is always talk about showing diversity in tv shows and movies we constantly consume, but to see it happen is a step in the right direction. Sex Education covers topics you can relate to and presents uncomfortable scenes that other shows may typically shy away from.
A key character within the series is Eric (Otis’ best friend). The story and journey Eric takes throughout the series is one people will connect with and relate to. Eric is proud to be gay, but there are many around him that don’t feel the same (his family and school peers). His character development takes him on a journey of self-discovery and figuring out what it is to be true to yourself in the face of adversity.
The creators, producers and directors of the series (predominantly female) has found a balance between nostalgic nods to a brilliant soundtrack and recreated scenes that take you back to the high school days. It is funny and lighthearted, but also upsetting and eye-opening. Each of the eight episodes feel like their very own feature film. When you think you’ll only get a snippet of one character’s development, you end up learning about the vast majority of the cast. The final episode doesn’t leave you feeling frustrated or the thought of it being too cliché. You happily anticipate season two, feel nostalgic for what was, and contemplate re-watching it all over again just to experience a unique series.