From the very first season of Sex Education in 2019, Laurie Nunn’s teen dramedy series has not missed.
Turning teen tropes upside down, the beloved Netflix series has long nailed what it says on the tin: demystifying sex and relationships for its characters and viewers. I can’t overstate how important a show Sex Education has been for the last four years, on and offscreen; the series was instrumental in defining how vital intimacy coordinators are on set, and enlisted sex educators as script consultants.
A modern response to outdated instructional videos forced upon many a classroom, Sex Education has woven explainers through its narratives, finding humanity in sex scenes and delving into underrepresented areas from every possible angle of being a teenager. It’s tackled everything from masturbation, STIs and sexual health, teen pregnancy and abortion, asexuality, slut-shaming, body image, valuing pleasure, and stepping up representation, as well as sensitively handling conversations around sexual assault, drug addiction, and mental health. The show isn’t just about sex and intimacy, but about friendship, camaraderie, and meeting ourselves as we are. It’s also consistently hilarious.