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Editor’s Note: The following review contains minor spoilers for Season 2 of “Sex Education.”
Premiering last January amidst the relative dead zone for TV, “Sex Education,” the sweet sex-positive comedy about a sensitive teenage boy and his sex therapist mom, instantly soared its way into our hearts. Otis (Asa Butterfield) proved a charming enough protagonist, but it was the eclectic ensemble of lovable characters surrounding him that made “Sex Education” the best teen comedy the U.K. has produced since “Skins.” As Otis’s mother, Jean, Gillian Anderson reminded us that she can do more with a strategically raised eyebrow than most actors do with an entire monologue. As “Skins” did for Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, and Hannah Murray, “Sex Education” introduced exciting new talents in Ncuti Gatwa, whose dazzling smile and infectious laugh made Eric one of the best gay characters on TV, as well as the darkly captivating Emma Mackey and the sublimely bizarre Tanya Reynolds.
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The eight-episode second season, which Netflix released in full on January 17, builds beautifully and confidently on the strengths of the first, while fleshing out the world of Moordale High and its cinematic fictional town. Creator Laurie Nunn deftly fleshes out favorite supporting characters from last season, such as Ola (Patricia Allison), Jackson (Kedar Williams-Stirling) and Lily (Reynolds), while mixing it up with compelling new characters like the nerdy Viv (Chinenye Ezeudu), swoon-worthy Rahim (Sami Outalbali), and sneaky Isaac (George Robinson).
The season opens on the heels of a chlamydia outbreak at Moordale, which has students, teachers, and parents alike awash in panic. Having shuttered his amateur sex therapy business after falling out with Maeve, Otis is forced out of retirement in order to assure his compatriots that no, you cannot spread chlamydia through breathing on someone. When Jean is called in as a consultant, Otis...
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