Sex Education is a fantastic British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. Starring Asa Butterfield as a troubled teenager and Gillian Anderson as his mother, a sex therapist, the series released on 11 January 2019 on Netflix.
It became a significant and commercial benefit for Netflix, with over 40 million viewers streaming the first series after its debut. The second series was released on 17 January 2020, and the show has been renewed for a third series.
The first series pursues the story of Otis Milburn, an insecure teenager who is conflicted about sex even though, or perhaps because, his mother is a sex therapist open about all aspects of sensuality.
The second series follows Otis, who, after finally achieving a relationship with Ola, is hit with the truth and hardships of a high school love. The initiation of new students more tests that story. They ask the status quo at Moordale High and a chlamydia outbreak that causes students to question and struggle with limited issues.
- Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn
- Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong
- Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley
- Connor Swindells as Adam Groff
- Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti
- Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs
- Patricia Allison as Ola Nyman
- Alistair Petrie as Michael Groff
- Mimi Keene as Ruby Matthews
- Chanel Kular as Anwar
- Simone Ashley as Olivia Hanan
- Tanya Reynolds as Lily Iglehart
- Mikael Persbrandt as Jakob Nyman
- Anne-Marie Duff as Erin
- Sami Outalbali as Rahim
- Chinenye Ezeudu as Vivienne
Sure, there’s something be said for applying the theme of “the heart wants what the heart wants,” and how that progress can be both wise and unwise at the same time, but it’s also frustrating to watch our core actors commit blunder after blunder.
Season 2 also dramatically increases the misadventures to the adults, particularly Anderson’s Dr. Jean, who gets to create her mistakes with Mikael Persbrandt’s Jakob.
Likewise, members of Moordale’s employees also get swept into the mix, creating a grander palate for storytelling and providing a more layered view of the community and its characters.
The series’ overall frankness about sex is still its defining trait – although it also leans heavily on relationship drama, that’s exactly not a unique narrative. But Sex Education always runs to rescue itself thanks to its constant candidness.