Sex Education (2019– )
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Episode #1.8 

Otis feels violated by Jean's book; Maeve takes the fall for her brother; Eric serves detention with an old foe; Lily's body betrays her.


Kate Herron


Laurie Nunn, Laurie Nunn (created by)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Asa Butterfield ... Otis Milburn
Gillian Anderson ... Jean Milburn
Ncuti Gatwa ... Eric Effiong
Emma Mackey ... Maeve Wiley
Connor Swindells ... Adam Groff
Kedar Williams-Stirling ... Jackson Marchetti
Alistair Petrie ... Michael Groff
Mimi Keene ... Ruby Matthews
Aimee Lou Wood ... Aimee Gibbs
Chaneil Kular ... Anwar
Simone Ashley ... Olivia
Tanya Reynolds ... Lily Iglehart
Mikael Persbrandt ... Jakob Nyman
Patricia Allison ... Ola Nyman
Jim Howick ... Colin Hendricks


Otis feels violated by Jean's book; Maeve takes the fall for her brother; Eric serves detention with an old foe; Lily's body betrays her.

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When Jean's phone rings, you can hear the X-Files song theme. Gillian Anderson is known for her part in X-Files: Dana Scully. See more »

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Season One Review
30 January 2019 | by southdavidSee all my reviews

Despite not being quite the target audience, I felt that "Sex Education's" first season was a humorous and witty triumph.

Otis (Asa Butterfield) is a 16 year old boy whose mother (Gillian Anderson) is a practicing sex therapist. When he uses the therapist skills he's acquired over the years to defuse a situation at school, Maeve (Emma Mackay) whom Otis has a crush on, spies an opportunity to use his skills to provide sex therapy sessions to his fellow students for financial gain.

The first thing that needs to be said, "Sex Education" is not set in any recognisable world that you could visit. It's ostensibly in the UK, based on the accents of the cast. The school that all the kids go to though is steeped in American traditions and tropes that we don't do in this country. Lockers, Letter Jackets, themed dances, sporting events that people attend - we don't do any of that. The time period of it is also a little difficult to pin down. They have smart phones and fitbits, but the cars are pretty much entirely from the 80's/90's and the fashions and interior design from even earlier. I'm not saying this is a criticism, it's a bit jarring at first but you do soon get used to it, and it even makes things better given the quality music that the show makes use of. It makes for a unique looking show at least.

It's a well written and witty show, on the whole (though not entirely) avoiding the clichés of teen drama but despite how funny it is - it does delve into some deeper dramatic themes too. I was struck on how invested I felt in the central love triangle (rectangle?) that makes up the overriding story for most of the season and I think that's down to the actors involved in it.

For once, a short series doesn't feel like enough and I'm looking forward to more. I hope that Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield's schedules will allow it.

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