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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 11, 2019
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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: 16 out of 22
  2. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Feb 19, 2019
    10
    One of the best presented comedy dramas I have ever watched. Presents so many themes in a healthy and fun way.
  2. 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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  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 28, 2019
    9
    Well, i'm really surprised about this. I expected it to be the classic American Pie like teen comedy, but no, it isn't. It's easily one if theWell, i'm really surprised about this. I expected it to be the classic American Pie like teen comedy, but no, it isn't. It's easily one if the best series (if not the best) that i watched in a while, i think i could even watch it again, and i never do this with any TV series. This show has really everything, it makes you laugh, but at the same time it makes you cry and reflect about love and friendship, expecially if you're a teenager like me. Also it doesn't have all the classic cliches of this kind of shows, for example "the other guy" is not a douche but is actually a good guy (i really liked this thing). I reccomend it fo all the teenagers, you will surely like it, but i think this is suitable even for adult people. Expand
  5. Feb 9, 2019
    8
    The only thought in our head when we start to watch the first episode "what's a shame". It's so revealing tv show and may have bad influenceThe only thought in our head when we start to watch the first episode "what's a shame". It's so revealing tv show and may have bad influence on teens. However, this tv show up true aspects of teens' life. The plot is not very tricky, but unusual in some way. Sometimes you want to laugh, sometimes to cry as this is face of teens' life. Expand
  6. Jan 27, 2019
    7
    Encouraged by a fellow student awkward high-schooler Otis begins to offer extra-curricular sex advice and education to his peers putting intoEncouraged by a fellow student awkward high-schooler Otis begins to offer extra-curricular sex advice and education to his peers putting into practice everything he has learned from his sex therapist mother.

    Sex Education can often be tonally inconsistent, and I have no idea when or where it is supposed to be set, but the cast of characters did grow on me throughout this first season and it’s pretty funny in places as well. It's not up there with the best drama or comedy series of recent years but as long as you’re not the prudish type it's worth a watch.
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  7. Jan 28, 2019
    1
    Someone explain to me why is this **** so popular. Otis is a moronic dip**** and Maeve is the most unlikable jerk I've ever seen. It's notSomeone explain to me why is this **** so popular. Otis is a moronic dip**** and Maeve is the most unlikable jerk I've ever seen. It's not because she has a 'personality', which actually is the stereotypical 'I'm a jerk because I've suffered', it's simply because she's an **** Support characters are either stereotypical ****s or the 'aha! gotcha, you got it wrong' characters.

    Seriously, why is this crap so popular?
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