Sex Education Season Two is streaming now on Netflix.
As season one drew to an end, Otis (Asa Butterfield) finally overcame his own irrational fear of his penis, and as season two opens, it would be fair to say that Otis is making up for lost time. Whether in bed, behind a tree or in his mum’s car, his newfound love of masturbation knows no bounds. But it’s not only Otis’ penis that demands attention as Sex Education makes its season two debut.
Laurie Nun’s second outing sings with the same optimism and charm we found in season one while combining laugh out loud humour with the anxieties of teenage life. From the outset season, two builds upon the delicious screenplay and format carefully homed during its first run, allowing it to stretch beyond the teenagers at its heart. In season two, the parents and teachers also take centre stage, from marriage problems to the disintegration of love and sexuality; the adults are just as fucking confused as the kids!
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In telling these adult stories, Laurie Nun clearly demonstrates that age does not always bring wisdom or additional knowledge, as anyone in the midterm of life will support. Here Nun beautifully reflects the need for continued advice and support throughout life. But it’s within the continuing journey of Otis, best friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), outcast Maeve (Emma Mackey) and the misunderstood Adam (Connor Swindells) that season two shines. Here each character has the space to develop within the limited eight-episode run.
Otis discovers the complex truths of relationships, while Eric finds the perfect boy at school. Only to find he still longs for the danger and excitement of the closeted Adam. Meanwhile, Maeve rejoins the school year to find her estranged mother on her doorstep, with a three-year-old child in tow. Sex Education’s ability to cross-age and gender demographics is genuinely outstanding as its narrative arc combines social discussion, humour and optimism in spades. At the same time, the show’s effortless ability to reflect the diversity and inclusion of modern youth is heartwarming as it delights in breaking down barriers and stereotypes. The result ensures the viewer feels a part of the extended Moordale family, something very few TV shows ever manage to accomplish.
Written By: Laurie Nunn, Sophie Goodhart, Mawaan Rizwan,
Cast: Asa Butterfield, Gillian Anderson, Ncuti Gatwa, Emma Mackey, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Alistair Petrie, Patricia Allison, Aimee Lou Wood, Mikael Persbrandt