Sex Education

Sex Education is a British comedy-dramaweb television series created by Laurie Nunn. Starring Asa Butterfield as a socially awkward teenager and Gillian Anderson as his character’s mother and a sex therapist, the series premiered on 11 January 2019 on NetflixNcuti GatwaEmma MackeyConnor Swindells, and Kedar Williams-Stirling co-star. It became a critical and commercial success for Netflix, with over 40 million viewers having streamed the first series after its debut. The second series was released on 17 January 2020, and the show has been renewed for a third series.

The first series follows the story of Otis Milburn, a socially awkward teenager, who is ambivalent about sex, despite, or perhaps because of, his mother being a sex therapist who is frank about all aspects of sexuality. After inadvertently assisting the school bully with his sexual performance anxiety, Otis sets up a sex advice business with Maeve—a confident but troubled classmate—to educate their fellow students in how to deal with their own sexual problems.

The second series follows Otis who, after finally securing a relationship with Ola, is hit with the reality and pressures of a high school romance. That romance is further tested by the introduction of new students who challenge the status quo at Moordale High and a chlamydia outbreak that causes students to question and struggle with topical issues.

A teenage boy with a sex therapist mother teams up with a high school classmate to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.

There are multiple sub-plots connected to the main storyline, which is about a sex education etherapist who is also a single mother; with a son who is socially awkward but runs a clandestine sex clinic at school to counsel his peers. Created by Laurie Nunn, this show has become a major talking point in urban, English-speaking India, because of the feminist values it espouses, and for being queer affirmative as well as sex positive. It uses the structural elements of a high school romantic comedy, and subverts the genre to have mature conversations about what it means to establish and communicate boundaries, to feel safe, and to express oneself fully without the threat of violence.

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