Netflix has a good track record when it comes to British comedies about both teens and sex. There's the delightful chlamydia rom-com series Lovesick and the weirdo kids of The End of the F***ing World. Now meet the latest imported bunch of hormonal youngsters: the hapless, horned-up students of Moordale Secondary, the school at the center of Sex Education.
With a title that frank, you might expect the show to be as well, and sure enough, this debut trailer starts out with a mother (Gillian Anderson) asking her son (Asa Butterfield) about his masturbation habits. She's Jean, a sex therapist, and he's Otis, a timid lad with some issues to work out. But Otis is wiser than he lets on and, after some impromptu advice doled out to a frustrated bully in the school's bathroom, he teams with cool girl Maeve (Emma Mackey) to help coach fellow teens through their coital hangups. Of course, Otis' new gig ruptures his relationship with his best friend (Ncuti Gatwa), and he has to parse his own feelings for Maeve, who has to work out hers for popular swim star Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling).
Laurie Nunn's series is charming, thanks to its sex positivity and talented young cast. It premieres January 11.