Heads up if the word Sex and anything related to it makes you giddy. Because if so, Netflix’s Sex Education is probably not for you. The show first premiered in 2019, then returned with a second season in 2020. And people just can’t stop talking about it.
The Premise of Sex Education
The story begins with a socially awkward teenager Otis. His mother Jean is a sex therapist. Although sex is not a taboo at Otis’s house, it doesn’t stop him from hiding his own problems.
At Moordale High school the sex frenzy is on a spree and the hormonal teenagers continue to find troubles hidden within it. And Otis realizes that he knows a thing or two about Sex and sets up a secret sex therapy clinic with Maeve, a troubled girl behind her salty exterior.
A closer look
At first glance, you may think Netflix’s Sex Education is a bit offensive and too crude. But at its core, it’s extremely heartfelt and genuine. Most of all, it keeps the audience tied with delightful humour.
The best aspect of the show is the accurate depiction of teenage problems. And the lack of social structures to help them out; starting from questions about female masturbation, fetishes etc. Although the first season can be criticized for giving less scope for the supporting characters to develop; season two completely makes up for it. The show subtly touches on issues such as homophobia through Eric’s experiences; abortion stigma through Maeve, and single parenting through the Jean-Otis dynamic.
The character dynamics
By the end of season 1, you’ll be confused whether to root for Ola and Otis or to be craving more of Maeve and Otis’s chemistry. The beginning of season 2 might remind you of your teenage years; Otis and his excessive masturbation. The outbreak of Chlamydia makes all the tables turn in their teen lives as the blame game goes rampant.
The show continues to address key issues throughout season 2. Aimee’s sexual assault and the effect it has on her is perfectly portrayed while balancing the grave situation with light comedy. While Otis continues to experience the drama of teenage relationships, the introduction of new characters adds a new dynamic to the show.
If you are one of those people who laugh at your woke friends when they talk about asexuality because you think they are lying, well this season might be enlightening for you as it delves deeper into various sexual orientations bisexuality, pansexuality and asexuality. “Sex doesn’t make us whole”. While all the teenagers struggle with their romantic choices, a clear distinction is drawn between love and sex through a play of words.
Parenting and other issues
Toxic parenting is a featured issue in the show. Sometimes it is Jackson’s performance anxiety from keeping up with expectations; Jean’s inability to communicate with Otis or Maeve’s mother never being there to encourage her child. The show brushes over the sensitivity surrounding religion and homosexuality. As Otis and Maeve decide to continue the sex clinic, his mother makes it difficult for them to stay in business.
The show bashes toxic masculinity through the character of Otis’ father Remi. Otis realizes how he is a reflection of his father. Jean and Jakob’s relationship takes a turn as well. Jean experiences perimenopausal symptoms and decides to consult a health professional. Freedom for married women and acceptance of sexuality are developed perfectly through the character of Maureen Groff.
The show does focus on ramntic pairings too much at times on season 2. But it also feels like a friend to you. A friend you just click with and everyone confuses you to be a couple, a friend who is there to help you talk to your crush or a friend who helps you remember lines of Romeo and Juliet. Yes, Viv and Jackson have an uncanny resemblance with your “friend”, platonic relationships are indeed beautiful. The season ends with Otis losing his virginity and Ola finds her identity as it ends with a scene of mutual masturbation between Lily and Ola; a blooming relationship.
Although there are some inaccuracies in the specificity regarding information about sexual health; given the impeccable blend of humour, drama and societal taboos, Netflix’s Sex Education is definitely a show worth watching. A word of warning it might take you back to your teenage days making you feel warm and fuzzy or it or can remind you of awful decisions you made just like Otis. Well, this show might as well unravel the mystery of one of your weird fetishes.