The Torch

“Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

Asa+Butterfield+and+Ncuti+Gatwa+on+Netflix%E2%80%99s+%E2%80%9CSex+Education.%E2%80%9D
Back to Article
Back to Article

“Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa on Netflix’s “Sex Education.”

Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa on Netflix’s “Sex Education.”

PHOTO COURTESY/Youtube netflix

Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa on Netflix’s “Sex Education.”

PHOTO COURTESY/Youtube netflix

PHOTO COURTESY/Youtube netflix

Asa Butterfield and Ncuti Gatwa on Netflix’s “Sex Education.”

Sydney Bembry, Contributing Writer

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Netflix has audiences glued to their computer screens once again with their latest original hit, “Sex Education.” Starring Asa Butterfield, most known for his roles in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” the show follows Butterfield’s Otis, son of two sex therapists, as he is recruited by the edgy, notoriously mischaracterized Maeve (Emma Mackey) to start a sex therapy business at their school due to his extensive knowledge of the subject — compared to the average teenager.

While it’s a fresh idea that could easily be delivered poorly, the Laurie Nunn-created show greatly succeeds because its primary focus is on the emotional nature of sex, rather than raunch. There are some graphic sex scenes — a few quite hysterical —but the series thoughtfully intertwines the hilarity that is navigating relationships and sex as teenagers and the emotional journey to find identity, companionship and belonging as young people.

The show executes its message well through its dynamic leading cast, including Butterfield and newcomers Mackey and Ncuti Gatwa as Otis’ best mate, Eric. Although he serves as the resident sex therapist for his classmates at his British school, Otis himself struggles with sexual repression and navigating love, and Butterfield impressively portrays a young man who is still learning. Mackey utilizes her character’s strong development by illustrating the many layers behind Maeve, though schoolmates choose to see otherwise, even with her countless quips. The true breakout star of the series is Gatwa, with his ability to powerfully ground Eric’s strained relationship with his immigrant family over his sexuality and preferred style choices while also portraying the character’s joyful and loud personality to be just as sincere. Through these characters, the show does what many teen shows before could not: The details surrounding sex that deserve more unpacking over the the act itself.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

We love comments and feedback, but we ask that you please be respectful in your responses.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    A New Wave of Funk

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    New Projects in Independent Music

  • Culture

    The Controversy of “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile”

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    Netflix’s Deadly Art: “Velvet Buzzsaw”

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    Top Movies of 2018

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    Netflix and Hulu Release Competing Fyre Festival Documentaries

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    What “Bandersnatch” Means for the Future of Film

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    “I Am the Night”: Bright Lights and Shadows

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    TV Spotlight: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”

  • “Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught

    Culture

    Top Films of 2018

Navigate Right
The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University
“Sex Education” Offers Lesson Few Shows Have Taught