Published Jan 15, 2020If Sex Education is a remotely accurate reflection of Gen Z, then the kids are alright. This teen sex comedy borrows the raunch from all your '90s faves, but with none of the slut shaming or gay panic jokes. It's wonderfully diverse depiction of teen horniness, with all of the drama, but without the bigotry and repression.
Sex Education is a lot more kind-spirited than, say, Tomcats, but it's every bit as naughty. Season two opens with an epic masturbation montage, climaxing quite literally in a gratuitous cum shot.
The boner jokes pop up fast and hard, as small-town British teenager Otis (Asa Butterfield) finds himself in a sticky situation when he overcomes his aversion to masturbation and begins wanking non-stop. Now that he's spending time with his hand and his girlfriend Ola (Patricia Allison), he takes a step back from his DIY business as an unlicensed sex therapist for his high school peers. His partner-in-crime Maeve (Emma Mackey) has dropped out and is working at the mall, and his charismatic best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) doesn't have the organizational skills to keep the operation running. Worst of all, his terminally embarrassing mom Dr. Jean F. Milburn (Gillian Anderson) has begun dating his girlfriend's dad (Mikael Persbrandt).
With less focus on the sex therapy angle, Sex Education shifts its focus to the lives of its protagonists. Otis may have overcome his aversion to masturbation, but he still has lots of anxiety-related relationship issues. Maeve is torn between prioritizing herself and dealing with her mother's addictions, and Eric finds that an old flame is interfering with his crush on the new guy at school. Just like in the first season, Ncuti Gatwa's depiction of Eric is magnetic, and he steals scene after scene with his infectious, cackling laugh.
Sex Education the kind of show that can depict a teacher yelling "baba ganoush" during sex one moment, then deal with the trauma of assault the next. Its characters grapple with asexuality, pan-sexuality, undisclosed STIs and boners during assembly. Sex education has rarely been so frank, informative and entertaining.