Netflix Original Sex Education takes the bull by its horns

13 . Jan . 2019
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Sex Education, a British dramedy web television series premiered on Netflix on 11th January 2019. It is about Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield), his relationship with his mother – a sex therapist and a school that is badly in need of one. Jean, Otis’ mother (Gillian Anderson) is someone who is extremely open when it comes to talking about sex. It comes naturally to her. It often does tend to shock her son. She is a one-night stand kind of a person. Otis is socially awkward and so is his gay best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa).

Eric has the hots for Anwar (Chaneil Kular), a popular guy who is always seen giving Eric a cold shoulder.

Adam Groff (Connor Swindells), who once had problems getting off is successfully counselled by Otis. Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey), who Otis considers to be a hottie, realises his skills as a therapist, and convinces him to be a sex therapist for the school kids, for a price. Maeve is not very popular in school, though. Jackson Marchetti (Kedar Williams-Stirling) is the school head boy and keeps trying to woo Maeve.

Otis likes Maeve, but Maeve likes the head boy. Ola likes Otis. Adam likes Aimee, but, lo and behold, he did surprise us in the latter half of the show. Other characters in the Netflix original are Ruby (Mimi Keene), Aimee Gibbs (Aimee Lou Wood), Olivia (Simone Ashley), Lily Iglehart (Tanya Reynolds), Ola Nyman (Patricia Allison). The show is filled with ups and downs, loving and losing, fighting and making up – all in equal measures.

What’s WOW : The relationship between Otis and his mom, Jean. Though Otis often cringes while speaking to his mom, doesn’t a teenager need parent(s) he/she can tell everything to, and not feel judged?

The character Jakob Nyman (Mikael Persbrandt), a handyman who Jean develops feelings for.

The scene where Jakob catches Jean smelling his hair, red handed, while he is picking up the tools that have fallen down.

A controversial picture of someone’s privates are sent to everyone in school. The way it is tackled by all the kids at the end of the episode is just wonderful.

Eric’s ‘coming out’ dance with Otis – it makes you go ‘awwwww’.

What’s Blah : -NA-

 Cast: Gillian Anderson (Jean), Asa Butterfield (Otis), Emma Mackey (Maeve), Ncuti Gatwa (Eric), Connor Swindells (Adam), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), Alistair Petrie (Mr. Groff), Aimee Lou Wood (Aimee Gibbs)

Creator: Laurie Nunn

Executive producer(s): Jamie Campbell, Ben Taylor

Directors: Kate Herron, Ben Taylor

Producer: Jon Jennings