Genres: Young Adult, Comedy
Program creator: Laurie Nunn
Socially awkward high school student Otis may not have much experience in the lovemaking department, but he gets good guidance on the topic in his personal sex ed course -- living with mom Jean, who is a sex therapist. Being surrounded by manuals, videos and tediously open conversations about sex, Otis has become a reluctant expert on the subject. When his classmates learn about his home life, Otis decides to use his insider knowledge to improve his status at school, so he teams with whip-smart bad girl Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their classmates' problems. But through his analysis of teenage sexuality, Otis realizes that he may need some therapy of his own.
Who said Sex Education can’t be hilarious. In this latest Netflix original we meet a whole school, a bunch of students going through their puberty and if that alone doesn’t imply hormones then I don’t know what else would. In the middle of all of this, we have Otis, a 16-year-old young boy whose mom may be the root of all his sexual inhibitions. In a very funny and entertaining way, we learn about all these different storylines, each and every one of the students we meet has a problem of their own. From a strict father who completely ignores his son’s feelings and doesn’t care about anything other than perfection, to a girl who is alone and whose only defense is her tough personality. There are plenty of funny moments, there are heartbreaking moments and there are moments when these students have to make tough decisions, each and every aspect of this movie shows us ourselves. Perhaps not in the exact same way but in a way that speaks to us.
As Otis prepares himself to dive into the sexual fringe of high school his world takes a hit when his friendship downspiral. While at times the movie shows the selfishness that exist in todays’s society it also shows us how much young people need each other. Otis’ struggles aren’t any different from his peers. What differentiate Otis from his friends is the way in which he sets his priorities. In a way, Sex Education teaches us understanding, compassion and above all, it teaches us acceptance.
From one episode to the next we get to know these kids and their struggles. Sex Education is insightful & relatable. It shows the reality of growing up, the reality of what is to be a teenager in today’s society and most of all, it shows us that we aren’t that much different from one another and that our struggle as teens may be what shapes us for the future. If you are looking for something fun, yet with deep meaning then I suggest you binge on the first season of Sexual Education. Bring up the popcorn and the ice cream and watch it all unravel.