Sex EducationLatest News and Opinion
Posted Saturday 1/19/19 at 6:13AM EST
Netflix's Sex Education could never be made in America
Source: The Ringer
"A portrait of the sex lives of teenagers that’s both graphically detailed and earnestly empathetic?" says Alison Herman of the British comedy. "We’re far too puritanical, too shame-bound, too easily titillated for such a delicate balancing act to stand a chance. Thank goodness, then, that one side effect of the global reach of certain streaming services is to render the distinction between U.S. and international TV moot. Netflix’s latest drama is set in the United Kingdom, but its winning combination of emotion and candor is available to all. The vast majority of American teen television treats adolescent sexuality as a matter of either/or: Either teens are having sex or they’re not, and if there’s anything to explore beyond that binary, you’d never know it from what you saw on your screen. Sex Education, refreshingly, is interested in far more than just the 'what' of its central subject." ALSO: Sex Education fans are mistaking Aimee Lou Wood for Skins and Game of Thrones vet Hannah Murray.
Posted Thursday 1/17/19 at 6:19PM EST
Netflix says You is on track to be watched by 40 million member households, but should we trust their viewership figures?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The streaming service revealed some viewership data on You, Sex Education, Elite and Bodyguard. Netflix said both You -- which attracted about 1 million viewers on Lifetime -- and Sex Education are each on pace to be watched by 40 million member households within a month. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, "the numbers for You and Sex Education are projections from Netflix, and they don't correspond directly with Nielsen ratings for traditional TV." Netflix also said Bodyguard was watched by 10 million households, while Elite was viewed by more than 20 million households. As James Poniewozik points out, we don't really know the details of Netflix's viewership numbers. "I'm not saying that streaming services' self-reported numbers are false," tweeted Poniewozik. "They may be 100% right! They may not. They may be true but cherrypicked. They may be true with an asterisk. We don't know--which is the point. But just to be clear: 40 million households watching a TV show--without explanatory context--implies that it is more popular than any TV show since the height of the three-network era before cable. Which, if a Lifetime show did that, congrats! Or maybe there is further context!"
Posted Saturday 1/12/19 at 7:05AM EST
Sex Education is stunningly superior to other teen comedies
Source: The Daily Dot
"With jocks, popular girls, and geeks galore, Sex Education certainly does seem like an homage to the stereotypical American TV drama," says Tess Cagle. "But it’s not. Because of its sincerity, compelling writing, and heart, the series stands out against American teen series it stands alongside on Netflix, like Riverdale or Insatiable. (If you’re an adult watching Sex Education, you’ll find yourself cringing a lot less, too.) Every moment in Sex Education feels authentic and carefully developed. Sex Education is both the Skins (that British drama you know you binged in high school) for Gen Z and a public service announcement for inclusive sexual education. The series tackles everything—masturbation, impotence, abortion, pubic lice, sex, and more—in a frank and often graphic way. It’s also plenty inclusive when it comes to LGBTQ representation. And while it might seem radical to compare it to the teen shows of yesterday, from One Tree Hill to Degrassi: The Next Generation, it refreshingly removes the stigma from therapy for teens and their parents alike. It’s also progressive in the way it urges men to see women as people and not merely objects of desire."
- Sex Education finds original ways to explore the story of a character many other series have written off as comic relief
- The show is aggressively gross and graphic in a way that will probably mortify teens and grownups alike
- It's like the anti-13 Reasons Why because everybody is not miserable all the time
- What sets Sex Education apart from other teen shows is it doesn't treat the sex lives of teens as a childish joke
- Sex Education isn’t just good; it’s “cancel your weekend plans” good
- Horny and heartfelt, Sex Education blends teen sex-romp tropes with a refreshing level of empathy
- How Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield prepared for their roles: Did they research sex therapists at all?
Posted Wednesday 1/02/19 at 3:41PM EST
Watch Gillian Anderson in Netflix's Sex Education trailer
On the limited series premiering Jan. 11, Anderson portrays a sex therapist and Asa Butterfield plays her teenage son, who uses her expertise to set up a sex therapy clinic at his high school.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Gillian Anderson's Sex Education to premiere on Netflix on Jan. 11
Netflix has provided the first look at the British coming-of-awkward-age dramedy about a socially awkward high school virgin and his sex therapist mother.
Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 8:37PM EDT
Netflix's Sex Education adds James Purefoy as Gillian Anderson's ex-husband
The Altered Carbon star and The Following alum will recur on the dramedy, playing the ex of Anderson's sex therapist character and the father of their son Otis, played by Asa Butterfield.
Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 2:40PM EDT
Gillian Anderson to star on Netflix dramedy Sex Education, playing Asa Butterfield's mom
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
In her first major role since leaving The X-Files and American Gods, Anderson will join Butterfield on the British coming-of-age series. He'll play an awkward high school virgin and she'll play his sex therapist mom.
Posted Tuesday 11/28/17 at 2:12PM EST
A Sex Education teen drama is coming to Netflix
The British coming-of-age dramedy will follow a socially awkward virgin and a “whip-smart bad-girl” who team up to set up a clinic to deal with their fellow students’ “weird and wonderful problems.”