Sex Education (2019– )
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It's the equivalent of watching four solid John Hughes movies with a little Judd Apatow Freaks and Geeks feel as well. Much more enlightened than a Hughes script yet still irreverent and fun.
Can't wait for season 2... well done everyone!
Compared to other teen series and films found on Netflix, Sex Education may be the most substance-rich, but it lack innovative concepts and novel themes to be called a round work. So you get presented many important discussion that deal with homosexuality, family problems to far-reaching critical issues such as abortion. However, I found dealing with these conflicts often very clumsy and superficial. In many places I had wanted more depth and a more intensive handling of the individual topics. Instead, the discussions were kept to a minimum and barely picked up by the characters and packed into meaningful dialogues.
Another point of criticism was the often stereotypical portrayal of many protagonists and the entire social environment shown. So it seems almost a trend to be that just standing in the corner inconspicuous boy may someday have the girl of his dreams. I do not doubt that there are such social structures or at least similar ones in every school and in almost every life of a 16 or 17-year-olds. But the creators of the series could have trusted more and to be able to present a story without the obvious presence of such clichés. There are some clichés, but it has no special effect on the whole. Even at its lamest, cliche moments, this quirky show remains quaintly entertaining. In many series or films for similar target groups, puberty, first love and first sex are often portrayed romantically and therefore often appear unrealistic. Sex education, however, shows a blunt and sincere approach and may perhaps convince one or the other viewers of this uniqueness.
I believe it's important to see this series. It opens a subject about sexual developments of teenagers that should not be ignored. It also shows how everybody has their problems and nobody is perfect, and that there is an explanation to everything. We can 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.
In terms of acting performance, Sex Education painted a picture similar to own. The individual performances were in some cases quite authentic and convincing. However, some protagonists were so over-cliched in my eyes that the performance of the actors had to suffer as well. So you may praise some protagonists for their performance, others were not particularly prominent and therefore not very credible.
Although most of the time the viewer will know what the stories are all about, "Sex Education" is the first pleasant surprise of the production year. With consistent and clever ideas, playful performers and a lot of charm, this coming-of-age comedy with adult audiences should be a reliable "binge watching" candidate for many. "Sex Education" was certainly not a bad series and could also take some positive points with its open-hearted nature. 8/10
All in all I loved it.
It may feel alien to most, but the environment felt very nostalgic to myself. Now the storyline premise, that's a whole different story!
As for the plot, at least it's original and two episodes in it hasn't disappointed.
Also, colleges and sixth forms tend to have lockers, mine did anyway. And also, I've seen rugby balls being thrown but not American Footballs. Even though, yes, the show is influenced by America, as the writers said. Its not quite as influenced as people may think.
Overall a really enjoyable show and great acting. Would recommend.
The main character is likeable and you really want him to finally get laid (which, I guess, will happen in season 2), but, apart from that, everything goes wrong in the sense that nothing is believable.
First of all, Maeve is depicted as a strong young woman who has been through a lot. I get that. But there's no way you walk around like nothing happened after getting an abortion. Yes, it's an unwanted child, but still.
Also, Jackson, the charming popular guy, is raised by a multiracial lesbian couple. I enjoy the fact of diversity being represented on tv, but that was too much. With Jackson's two mums, there are 8 homosexual characters in town and 5 interracial couples. That melting pot doesn't feel realistic to me in a Welsh small village.
Eric, the flamboyant gay sidekick, belongs to a religious, traditional African family, but his parents are supportive of him even though he ends up wearing RuPaul-like outfits and make-up... to school. Seriously!
Finally, Otis' sex therapist mum, goes way too far beyond the mother and son relationship boundaries. As a mother of two kids, I'm sure I would never let my multiple one-night standings meet my son every morning, especially if they're just wearing underpants and my dressing gown. Needless to say, children don't need to hear their mother's moaning during intercourse. It just doesn't feel right.
There are many other characters that don't represent reality as it should be, but it would take me ages to go one by one.
Watch the show if you like, but don't take it too seriously.
I feel like as Netflix is broadening their international shows, its kinda counter-productive to produce international shows that are Americanized. Then what's even the point of a non-American show? I feel like this is one of the reasons why Americans are so culturally ignorant. Counter to one commenter below, even if one 6th form school in England is like this show, the vast majority aren't. And counter to another commenter that said this is how to reach a global audience...since when is the U.S. a global audience? Like come on. I think this should be an opportunity for Netflix to give Americans what we don't already see all the time.
That aside, good acting and just interesting to see a more complex conversation around sex and teens especially with young guys. You just never see anything other than guys constantly wanting to have sex. This show paints a different picture.
It is not only the fantastic cast of characters that drive this show, but also the story. We follow young Otis as he tries to follow in his mother's footsteps and give advice to young teen, on how to not only embrace who they are, but help them sexually in the bedroom, and this helps to provide some hilarious interactions. But these scenes don't feel far fetched or cheesy, they well done, and given help by the amazing acting of the cast. The style of the show is also fantastic, being in the UK myself, it feels like they have given us an 80s American TV show, set in Britain, but feels American at the same time. But this show isn't set in the 80s and it isn't set in America. And this helps the show greatly. I often got a Stranger Things vibe from it.
Sex Education is a great new TV show, but it also has problems, but these can easily be ignored, as it doesn't take from the show. One being, it is quiet predictable, and cliche at times. You will know where the story will end up around half-way through the show. There is also a few cheesy moments, that feel straight out of an 80s romantic comedy, like the guy making a big speech to get the girl, or embarrassing themselves in front of tons of people. But some of you may like this kind of humour, but for me, it's not my style. But it isn't enough to ruin the show. The other is at times it feels very progressive and feminist it times, and it get's distracting when a character is trying to shove some sort of message down your throat, but that is to be expected from a TV show nowadays. They did however handle entire homosexuality message perfectly, and I can see it inspiring a lot of young people who watch the show.
This is a great new show, and I can see it running for a good few seasons, if the quality holds up. It is one of the better Netflix shows, and now that most of the great ones have been cancelled, (goodbye Daredevil), Sex Education, along with "You" are hopeful new shows that will keep us interested.
But as it went along it kind of fell straight down hill.
It seemed like is stopped trying to follow a basic plot and started checking off stereotypes. They tried to hit at least one an episode.
It got tiresome fast. They would have done a lot better trying to make their own story rather than making sure that they hit every mark they could.
The soundtrack, on the other hand, is awesome in every imaginable way from the actual songs played to the bands talked about.