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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 11, 2019
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Universal acclaim- based on 84 Ratings

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  • Summary: 16-year-old Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) decides to form a sex therapy clinic with "bad girl" Maeve (Emma Mackey) after it is revealed his mother (Gillian Anderson) is a sex therapist in this dramedy created by Laurie Nunn.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 16
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 16
  3. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Megan Vick
    Jan 14, 2019
    92
    The shining through line of Sex Education is the dedication to both the physical and emotional messiness of sex.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jan 3, 2019
    91
    Sex Education blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy. [11 Jan 2019, p.44]
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 9, 2019
    80
    The series strains at first to establish the procedural format: a little bit “Masters of Sex,” a little bit “Doogie Howser, XXX.” But it blooms, over eight episodes, into a smart, sensitive look at teens finding their place and figuring out the owner’s manuals for their bodies.
  4. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Jan 7, 2019
    80
    Sex Education won’t be for everybody. The humor is often very dark, the awkwardness so cringe-inducing it can be difficult to watch. But like a well-meaning teen therapist, its intentions are so good that it’s difficult to hold much against the series. Like a generous partner, it’s willing to experiment and find a balance that works. And like sex--like good sex anyway--it’s often an absolute pleasure.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 9, 2019
    80
    There’s so much more than the vast majority of those teen comedies ever truly touch, and so it’s wonderfully refreshing to watch Sex Education address these more specific questions on-screen with such care and humor.
  6. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jan 14, 2019
    80
    Under Nunn and directors Ben Taylor and Kate Herron (each of whom helm four episodes), this is a series that modernizes the genre to embrace every kind of kid--the sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, waistoids, dweebies, dickheads, all of 'em!--and without pandering to any singular point of view in doing so.
  7. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 4, 2019
    75
    It’s a far-fetched premise: Can you imagine anyone in high school, where gossip is a commodity and kids are desperate to look more experienced than they really are, paying to confess their sexual dysfunctions to a peer? Yet Sex Education earns the suspension of disbelief it requires. Populated by multidimensional characters with sympathetic problems, the show embodies–and espouses–some of TV’s most progressive views on sex.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jan 19, 2019
    10
    “Everybody is either thinking about shagging, about to shag, or actually shagging”.

    Sex Education is a coming of age story about
    “Everybody is either thinking about shagging, about to shag, or actually shagging”.

    Sex Education is a coming of age story about 16-year-olds, their life in high school and at home, and, most importantly about their sexual developments. The main storyline unfolds around a boy named Otis. His mom is a sexual therapist, which makes sex and everything connected with it even harder for him to talk about. Ironically, Otis, who has very little experience and feels tremendously awkward when it comes to sex and relationship, is surprisingly good at giving advice on those subjects to others. Therefore, this edgy cool girl Maeve, who is, as most would say, way out of Otis’ league recognizes his “talent” and encourages him to start a sex clinic inside school. And so, with that the story starts and we see several complex characters, who each have their own problems not only with sex, but also at school and with parents, developing throughout the show.
    I believe that this series is very important to be seen. It opens a subject about sexual developments of teenagers that should not be ignored. It also shows how everybody has their issues and nobody is perfect, and that there is an explanation to everything. I feel like any teenager can find a character whom they relate to in the series. I love the fact that the show brings up the issue of bullying. Even though there’s no excuse for it, we can still see the fact that everything happens for a reason, that everything has a start somewhere and that if we as a community help to find that start, we can also help one to get rid of their issues, feel full as a person and happy with who they are. It demonstrates that everybody is different and it’s okay.
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  2. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    The show has plenty of snarky wit sprinkled all over each episode. Even at its lamest, cliche moments, this quirky show remains quaintlyThe show has plenty of snarky wit sprinkled all over each episode. Even at its lamest, cliche moments, this quirky show remains quaintly entertaining. The morality lessons are mostly skin deep and copy/paste though. Some even backfire if you think about it. Ex: man says he's inspired by a brave boy owning/showing his fabulous true self. So the man also shows his own true self by... losing his temper and yelling? So what is the writer implying about this african immigrant's true self contrary to his normally tempered, wise, calm, gentleman demeanor? Expand
  3. Jan 15, 2019
    10
    I have watched a lot of tv and movies in my life and I honestly think that this the best and most relatable coming of age show that I've ever seen.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    9
    Almost perfect in its class (plot, humor, rate, characters). In almost every aspect is original and nothing like we could expect. There areAlmost perfect in its class (plot, humor, rate, characters). In almost every aspect is original and nothing like we could expect. There are some cliches but they dont have any special affect on a whole reception. Expand
  5. Jan 15, 2019
    9
    Witty, dry Brit comedy gives excellent rewards to those that find it. Excellent acting by Gillian Anderson and a number of lesser knownWitty, dry Brit comedy gives excellent rewards to those that find it. Excellent acting by Gillian Anderson and a number of lesser known actors. Unlike some brit comedies this has been well funded and is nicely edgy.
    I can say that I found it (as an Adult) very good - notwithstanding the 1 other rather indifferent review found here at the time I am posting (by truerock). An odd review which seems to be a shopping list of the subjects covered!
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  6. Jan 22, 2019
    8
    A story about a boy who's never had sex, but gives sex therapy to his fellow high school students? A wild concept, but it's executed very,A story about a boy who's never had sex, but gives sex therapy to his fellow high school students? A wild concept, but it's executed very, very well done. Sure, a lot of the tropes that are explored in the first season are common in teen romance/drama shows, but the addition of sex therapy adds enough of something different to separate it from your typical teen show. A highly enjoyable eight episodes. Expand
  7. Jan 12, 2019
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Teen life at a British private secondary school.
    I would estimate that the series will appeal mostly to young teens and not particularly to adults.
    A teen student charges his class mates for sexual therapy and consultation.
    Primary plot point: teen boy embarrassed about his mother being a sex therapist
    Episode 1 opens with an explicit teen heterosexual sex scene. It also has other scenes with nudity and/or teen sex. Includes scenes of adult and teen use of illegal recreational drugs.
    Other topics covered:
    Masturbation,
    Cougar sex,
    Teen Homosexuality,
    Teen social strata,
    Teen social awkwardness,
    Teen Sex,
    Academic performance anxiety,
    Teen Female on teen female sex shaming,
    Teen on teen bullying,
    Interracial Sex,
    Overly high parental expectations and standards,
    Homophobia,
    Teen Sex Education,
    Viagra overdose,
    Sexual performance anxiety,
    Penis size anxiety,
    Impact of recreational drugs on sexual performance.
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