Despite its raunchy sounding name, there’s a genuinely funny and heartwarming side to this new series, which has been billed by Netflix as a “contemporary British love letter to American high school TV shows”. It’s cringe-worthy in a good way and takes a very unique look at the universally awkward coming-of-age experience all teenagers go through at some stage during their high school years.
Sex Education, which launched globally on the streaming service today, focuses on the story of Otis Milburn (played by Asa Butterfield) a teenage boy being raised by his sex-therapist mother Jean (played by The X-Files legend, Gillian Anderson).
In strong contrast to his mother’s interests and profession, Otis is an inexperienced, quiet and socially awkward high school student. However, because he is surrounded by sex manuals, videos and tediously open conversations with his mother on the subject, Otis is now a very reluctant expert on the topic.
When his home life is finally revealed at school, Otis comes to the realisation that he can now use his specialist knowledge to gain status amongst his peers. So he teams up with a whip-smart bad-girl named Maeve (played by Emma Mackey), and his best friend Eric (played by Ncuti Gatwa) to set up an underground sex therapy clinic to deal with their fellow students’ weird and wonderful problems.