TV Review: Sex Education (Netflix) – Season Two

Created by Laurie Nunn and with the new series having premiered on Netflix in January 2020, season two of Sex Education sees the return of Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) who, now in a relationship with Ola (Patricia Allison), must master his newly discovered sexual urges. Meanwhile, Moordale Secondary is in the throes of a Chlamydia outbreak, highlighting the need for better sex education at the school. With Otis’ sex therapist mother, Dr Jean F. Milburn (Gillian Anderson), enlisted to help, he must now try to avoid her finding out about his own makeshift sex clinic with Maeve (Emma Mackey), as his best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) has his own issues to deal with.

Overall Season Rating:

It’s rare that I watch a TV series and am eager for more these days, especially when it’s a Netflix series that you know they are going to renew automatically just because it was popular. More often than not I think, “That was good, but let’s leave it at that.” But as soon as season one of Sex Education ended, I was desperate for more.

And this latest season does not disappoint. There’s a lot more going on in the character’s lives this season, as more focus is put on family and friendships and less on Otis’ makeshift sex clinic. But the season still finds a way to deal with many relevant issues whilst also keeping the foundations of the brilliant character dynamics strong, and with some great new additions to the cast, too.

With just as much fun and humour spent with some of the best characters on TV at the minute, the series again explores some really important topics at the same time, from personal issues around self-awareness in the bedroom regarding one’s own sexuality and sexual preferences, to more hard-hitting subjects like sexual abuse, no matter what scale.

Whilst these subjects are approached in an often comedic way, they are always dealt with in a delicate and open-minded way. Again showcasing the changing of times with the revolution of individuality, acceptance, and teenager’s more experimental natures (or at least more openly experimental), Sex Education may solely be about young characters coming to terms with their newly discovered urges and desires, but the way that it deals with its more ‘educational’ elements is incredibly admirable and one that we should appreciate being around.

Just like Dr Milburn’s sex education is needed in the school, it’s important that these issues are dealt with in such a modern way, as the series highlights how common all of these issues are in an attempt to get us talking to each other (as well as more specialised people, if needed) more. It does so by discussing these issues without making a big deal about them and, instead, approaching them in an understanding way that teaches its younger viewers (and possibly even some of its older ones) that it’s okay to be different.

Again, the series does avoid some of the bigger issues that teenagers face in a school setting with very little conflicts regarding prejudices and stereotypes, although there are still the different social circles that you would expect, but maybe this light-hearted view of being young, unique and promiscuous is what we need right now. We don’t need to bring everything down just to give a full picture of what it’s like being back at school as we’ve all been there and experienced the stress and pressure in some way. Sex Education does deal with more troubling issues, but it’s also great to take a step back from too much negativity and embrace the warmth of what young people have to offer, too.

It’s nice to see the good in people, and that’s what I love so much about this series. There are very few shows that I watch where I like every single character involved, but that’s what’s so great about Sex Education. I love every single character, and that’s why I want to spend so much time with them, because their eagerness and happy spirits make me feel better about myself.

The last episode had me laughing and crying, and yet again wanting Ncuti Gatwa to be my best friend. I really look forward to another series of this one, and I may even have to rewatch all of this before then because I just can’t wait that long.

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About Charlie Morris

Proofreader and film blogger living in Cornwall.

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