Critical Condition: Sex Education

Sex Education | Netflix, from Friday

☆☆☆☆ “A sweet, progressive British dramedy from newcomer Laurie Nunn, Sex Education  blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy. While there’s plenty of sexploitation humor — prepare for close-ups of human nether regions and a remarkable number of phalluses — the show is focused on how its teen characters learn to respect each other, and themselves.” — Entertainment Weekly.

☆☆☆☆ “Uses sex and the various neuroses constantly surrounding it as a compassionate framing device, rooting characters in their experiences (or lack thereof) with empathy, jokes and probably most important, patience. What the show correctly supposes is that having or not having sex is only the tip of the iceberg for kids just starting to figure out what they want and like.” — Variety.

☆☆☆☆ “Netflix’s latest portrait of teen life blends raucous sex farce with empathy for the young adult experience and is anchored by fine performances from Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson … The bottom line: Likely to make viewers laugh, blush and maybe feel some things.” — The Hollywood Reporter.

☆☆☆☆ “Gillian Anderson leading a UK-based cast as a sex therapist while her teenage son Otis (Asa Butterfield) tries to navigate the high school world after being sexually stunted by his mother’s oversharing sounded hilarious. However, unfortunately what we got and what we expected wasn’t the same thing … It’s alright – but unfortunately it’s not worth making too much an effort to binge watch.” — Metro.

☆☆☆ “The series strains at first to establish the procedural format: a little bit Masters of Sex, a little bit Doogie Howser, XXX. But it blooms, over eight episodes, into a smart, sensitive look at teens finding their place and figuring out the owner’s manuals for their bodies.” — New York Times.

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