Netflix introduces us to its newest coming-of-age series ‘Sex Education.’
As gritty as the title sounds, Netflix describes it as a “modern portrayal of sexual and romantic experiences, friendships and contemporary young-adult life.” The eight-episode series is set to premiere on January 11, 2019.
This drama/comedy stars Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, and Connnor Swindells.
Get a glimpse of “Sex Education” with these first look images of the casts from Asa Butterfield’s Instagram:
With a powerful cast ensemble that includes “Ender’s Game” actor, Asa Butterfield and “X-Files” star Gillian Anderson, the newest series is set in the fictional English town of ‘Moordale.’ It follows the son of sex therapist Jean (Gillian Anderson), Otis (Asa Butterfield) as a 16-year-old socially awkward teenager who teams up with rebellious Maeve (Emma Mackey) to execute an ‘underground sex therapy clinic’ at their school. Despite growing up sexually educated by his mother, this definitely doesn’t mean Otis is as experienced as her.
Now, let’s get a firsthand knowledge about the characters. Shall we?
Jean Milburn (Gillian Anderson)
Jean is a fiercely independent, brilliant sex therapist who has no filter when it comes to interrogating people about the personal aspects of their life. At home, she lives with her only son Otis. She and her ex-husband have very little thing to do with each other unless it involves the welfare of Otis.
Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield)
He is the son of divorced sex therapists, Jean and Remi. Otis is not exactly like every teenager, he lives with Jean whom he grew listening to about home-office therapy session through the floorboards cracks. With this upbringing, he is immensely gifted with an intuitive sexual understanding. However, he has to live with the curse of being unable to do anything about it. Until he meets a girl who changes his perspective on sex forever. Her name is Maeve.
Maeve Wiley (Emma Mackey)
Maeve is one of those people almost everyone is afraid of at school. Despite this ‘bad-girl’ persona, she reserves an intellect with a wicked sense of humor deep within her and this only comes out when she’s with those closest to her. She has to come up with ingenious ways to keep up the lifestyle she barely affords. Running an essay-writing business and creating the sex clinic with Otis are some of her methods to pay the bills. She is a dreamer who strives to get a scholarship in a good university but her tumultuous life is not up to par with her plan to achieve this.
Eric Effiong (Ncuti Gatwa)
Otis tells everything to Eric as his best friend. He is a comfortably out-of-the-closet motor-mouth with a vibrant personality but is notoriously lame unfortunately. Eric lives with his five sisters and strict, religious parents. Eric’s father has accepted the fact that he’s gay but dreads his son’s situation in the society.
Adam Groff (Connor Swindells)
Adam is a problematically enraged school bad-boy. His father is the school’s headmaster, Mr. Groff who often threatens him to leave home for military school. Eric has been getting bullied since secondary school by Adam but it looks like this might linger on further despite Eric’s hope for it to end. Also, Adam is rumored to have a huge penis.
Gillian Anderson shares an image of herself as Jean with Asa Butterfield as Otis where they seem to indulge in a perhaps, uncomfortable mother-son conversation on the couch.
An awkwardly good coming-of-age story to relate to is a thing we can never get enough of! Especially if it ventures on wit and a bit of cynicism to remind us that adolescence is a phase of outrageous, painful development. The dramedy delivers a healthy dose of nostalgia, taking you back to your high school days, with a fresh postmodern take on young adult life, friendships, and attitudes towards sex, identity, love and everything in between.
This new Netflix ‘dramedy’ created by Laurie Nunn might be our next favorite. Like how we loved the great cult classic ‘Freak and Geeks.’
Are you as excited as we are to join another roller coaster ride from Netflix? Better mark your calendars to binge-watch “Sex Education” on January 11!