Sex Education (TV series)

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Sex Education
Created byLaurie Nunn
Composer(s)Oli Julian
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Jamie Campbell
  • Ben Taylor
Producer(s)Jon Jennings
  • Jamie Cairney
  • Oli Russell
  • Steve Ackroyd
  • David Webb
  • Calum Ross
Running time46–52 minutes
Production company(s)Eleven Film
Original networkNetflix
Picture format4K (UHDTV)
Original release11 January 2019 (2019-01-11) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Sex Education is a British comedy-drama web television series, created by Laurie Nunn, that premiered on 11 January 2019, on Netflix. The series stars Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey, Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells, and Kedar Williams-Stirling.


Sex Education follows "a socially awkward high school virgin who lives with his sex therapist mother. He teams up with 'whip-smart bad-girl' Maeve to set up a clinic to deal with their fellow students' weird and wonderful problems."[1]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Asa Butterfield as Otis Milburn, an awkward teenager who struggles with his mother's occupation and her interference in his personal and sexual life.
  • Gillian Anderson as Dr Jean F. Milburn, a well-known sex therapist and Otis' mother. She is divorced and regularly has one-night stands but is non-committal.
  • Ncuti Gatwa as Eric Effiong, Otis' best friend. He is gay and comes from a religious African family.
  • Emma Mackey as Maeve Wiley, a social outcast and bad-girl who eventually befriends Otis and begins the therapy clinic with him.
  • Connor Swindells as Adam Groff, the headmaster's son who bullies Eric. He has a tense relationship with his father.
  • Kedar Williams-Stirling as Jackson Marchetti, the head boy at Moordale Secondary School and a swimming champion. He enlists Otis' help in getting Maeve to become his girlfriend.
  • Alistair Petrie as Mr Groff, the headmaster at Moordale Secondary School and Adam's strict father.
  • Mimi Keene as Ruby, one of Moordale Secondary School's popular and mean girls. Ruby finds herself in trouble when a naked picture of her is leaked.
  • Aimee Lou Wood as Aimee Gibbs, another of Moordale Secondary School's popular girls who also has an unlikely friendship with Maeve. She is always in a relationship and nicer compared to the rest of "The Untouchables"
  • Chaneil Kular as Anwar, the leader of the popular group at Moordale Secondary School known as "The Untouchables" and the only other openly gay student at the school besides Eric.
  • Simone Ashley as Olivia, another member of "The Untouchables"
  • Tanya Reynolds as Lily Iglehart, a girl who writes alien erotica, and is determined to lose her virginity as soon as possible.
  • Mikael Persbrandt as Jakob Nyman, a widowed Swedish handyman and Ola's father who develops a relationship with Jean after working for her.
  • Patricia Allison as Ola Nyman, Jakob’s daughter who befriends Otis for whom she later develops feelings.
  • James Purefoy as Remi Milburn, Otis' father and Jean's ex-husband who lives in America.


  • Jim Howick as Mr Hendricks, a science teacher at Moordale Secondary School who also conducts the Swing Band.
  • DeObia Oparei as Mr Effiong, Eric's father who expresses concern over his son's flamboyance and clothing choices and fears they will end up getting him hurt.
  • Rakhee Thakrar as Miss Sands, an English teacher at Moordale Secondary School. She is supportive of Maeve and recognizes her talent and intelligence.
  • Lisa Palfrey as Cynthia, the owner of the caravan park where Maeve lives. She is having marital problems with her husband, Jeffrey.
  • Samantha Spiro as Maureen Groff, the headmaster's wife and Adam's mother. She is a caring wife and mother and loves her dog, Madam.
  • Hannah Waddingham as Sofia Marchetti, one of Jackson's mothers. She pushes Jackson to maintain a strict training regime.
  • Jojo Macari as Kyle, one of Aimee's boyfriends.
  • Joe Wilkinson as Jeffrey, Cynthia's husband.
  • Chris Jenks as Steve, a new student at Moordale Secondary School, who becomes Aimee's boyfriend.
  • Dan Skinner
  • Sharon Duncan-Brewster as Roz Marchetti, one of Jackson's mothers. She is more laidback.
  • Edward Bluemel as Sean Wiley, Maeve's absent and problematic older brother who raised her instead of their parents.
  • Dan Mersh as Harry, one of Jean's one-night stands.
  • Lily Newmark as Ruthie, a lesbian who is having relationship problems.
  • Alice Hewkin as Tanya, Ruthie's overbearing girlfriend.
  • Max Boast as Tom Baker (aka Warhammer Tom), a geeky student at Mooredale who has recently become sexually active.
  • Daniel Ings as Dan, one of Jean's one-night stands.
  • Doreene Blackstock as Mrs Effiong, Eric's mother who encourages him to attend church like the rest of the family.
  • Kadeem Ramsay as OctoBoy, a student who hooks up with Lily after the school dance.


  • Toby Williams as Tim ("Episode 2"), one of Jean's patients.
  • Lu Corfield as Sarah ("Episode 3"), a mother of three who befriends Maeve at a clinic.
  • Ezra Furman as the Band Singer ("Episode 7"), who performs at the school dance.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Episode 1"Ben TaylorLaurie Nunn11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Otis' mother, Jean, is a sex therapist. It is his first day of sixth form with his gay friend Eric who tells him that everyone has had sex over the summer except for Otis. Meanwhile, Adam had just had sex with his girlfriend Aimee the night before, faking his orgasm after being unable to come. Aimee then tells Maeve, who has a reputation for being promiscuous. Adam and Otis are assigned partners for a project in class and Adam comes over but ends up in Jean's office where he sees her materials for work despite Otis' efforts to hide all work-related things in their house. The next day, Adam tells everyone. Otis breaks down in class and rushes out with Maeve going after him. The two hear someone in the abandoned building only to find Adam after taking three Viagra pills, unable to calm down. Adam explains how he feels, while Otis gives him advice. The next time he has sex with Aimee, he finishes but she breaks up with him. Maeve proposes an idea to Otis where he gives sex therapy to the students who need it while she manages the business matters, and they split the profit.
2"Episode 2"Ben TaylorLaurie Nunn11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Aimee hosts a house party where Maeve plans to get clients. After arriving with Eric, Otis locks himself in a bathroom where he sees a girl who's hiding from her boyfriend after breaking his arm during an attempt at sex. Eric is downstairs with two girls from Aimee's clique and his unrequited crush Anwar where he's teaching the girls how to properly give an oral. Earlier that day, Maeve takes a pregnancy test and ends up receiving a positive result. Adam climbs the gate to sneak into the party. Otis ends up talking to the girl and her boyfriend, helping them with their relationship. He leaves the bathroom, and sees Maeve with the popular boy Jackson getting their clothes back on. Eric and the two girls are sucking on bananas as a prop for an oral while Anwar films. The three end up vomiting on each other. Adam meets Aimee with a boy, whom he smashed a vase of her grandmother's ashes. Maeve calls the idea for the sex therapy off. The next day, more students start consulting Otis with their problems. Otis tells Maeve who is enlightened and plans to actually do the sex therapy.
3"Episode 3"Ben TaylorSophie Goodhart11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
4"Episode 4"Ben TaylorLaura Neal & Laurie Nunn11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
5"Episode 5"Kate HerronSophie Goodhart & Laura Hunter11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Maeve and Jackson have been dating for a month now, and Jackson invites Maeve to have dinner with his parents. It starts to go badly when they ask her about her family, prompting her to run out the back door. Maeve later goes to apologise to Jackson and tells him the truth about her life and family, prompting Jackson to tell her his insecurities as well. As part of their yearly tradition, Otis had surprised Eric with tickets to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch that night to celebrate Eric's birthday. In helping Maeve solve the photo crisis, though, Otis ends up standing Eric up. Eric decides to skip the movie and go home, but his phone and wallet get stolen, leaving him stranded and dressed in drag. He walks home, but is harassed and beaten up by two homophobes. He manages to borrow someone's phone and calls Jean who brings him to her house. When Otis gets home, the two get into a big fight and storm off.
6"Episode 6"Kate HerronLaurie Nunn & Freddy Syborn11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
In a flashback, Otis catches his father, Remi, having sex with one of his patients, and tells his mother, resulting in their divorce. In the present, Otis skypes his father, who advises him to lose his virginity as soon as possible. This prompts him to take up Lily's previous offer. Lily is eager, but Otis is extremely awkward, and has a panic attack when Lily's advances trigger memories of his parents fighting. Meanwhile, Eric and Otis have not yet made up. Eric tries to deal with his assault by dressing more 'straight'. He melts down during Swing Band practice, shouting at the teacher and punching Anwar, resulting in suspension. His father tries to help but is unable to connect with Eric. Adam wins an essay-writing competition and is celebrated by his family. In fact, he had paid Maeve to write it for him. Otis realises this, as does Miss Sands, who approaches an already suspicious Mr Groff. Maeve's brother Sean returns after four months. Things are awkward between Otis and Maeve, after they almost kissed. She might still have feelings for him. Ola asks Otis out. Jean, still infatuated with Jakob, calls him, and they end up eventually making out.
7"Episode 7"Kate HerronSophie Goodhart11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Maeve doesn't want to go to the school dance, but Jackson convinces her. Ola transfers to Moordale, and Otis asks her to the dance. Maeve sabotages this by telling her that Otis has no sexual experience. Ola asks him whether they dated, but Otis offends Ola by implying Maeve is better. Jackson reveals he paid Otis, resulting in Maeve breaking things off. Jackson arrives home drunk and past his curfew. He has a breakdown and Maeve takes him in. Eric suddenly decides to go to church. The pastor talks about loving yourself, and Eric feels welcome. He goes to the dance in drag. His father expresses worry that he will get hurt. Otis makes up with Eric. Sean sneaks in to the dance with drugs and alcohol, but he is ordered to leave. Mr Groff reveals to Adam he knows he didn't write the essay. Adam picks a fight with Steve, and eventually with his father in front of the whole school. Despite Otis' concerns regarding his relationship with Ola, Jean sleeps with Jakob, and he opens up to her. She turns him down and moves on. Otis finds her draft of her book about his phobia of sex.
8"Episode 8"Kate HerronLaurie Nunn11 January 2019 (2019-01-11)
Mr Groff finds Sean's drugs after the dance, and, mistaking the Sex Clinic for a drug ring, assumes Maeve and Otis are involved. When he threatens to call the police, Maeve claims the drugs are hers. Maeve tells Jackson she does not love him. He skips swimming practice. He will represent the school again if Mr Groff doesn’t expel Maeve. He wins, but Mr Groff goes back on his word. Sean disappears again. Eric starts wearing makeup to school. He apologizes to Mr Hendricks, but still gets detention; cleaning up the band room with Adam. They get into a fight, but they kiss and have sex. They start flirting during class. However, Adam's father decides to send him to military school. Otis reads Jean's book, and the two fight about her intrusiveness. apologizes, and they decide to make amends in their lives — Jean tells Jakob they can't see each other anymore, and Otis apologizes to Ola. They agree to take things slowly and kiss. He also steals the essay prize back for Maeve and apologizes. She decides to tell Otis how she feels but sees him kissing Ola. The kiss arouses Otis and he is finally able to masturbate.



On 28 November 2017, it was announced that Netflix had given the production a series order. The series was created by Laurie Nunn and executive producers are set to include Jamie Campbell and Joel Wilson. Ben Taylor is expected to direct the series. Production companies involved with the series include Eleven Film.[1][2] On 4 December 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on 11 January 2019.[3]


On 17 May 2018, it was announced that Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, Connor Swindells, and Kedar Williams-Stirling had joined the series' main cast.[4][5][6] On 16 July 2018, it was reported that James Purefoy had been cast in a recurring role.[7]


On 2 January 2019, the official trailer for the series was released.[8]


The series was met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an 88% approval rating with an average rating of 8.09 out of 10 based on 34 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "Bawdy, heartfelt, and surprisingly wise, Sex Education is a raucous romp through a group of teenagers whose sexual misadventures are so thoughtfully rendered, adults could learn a thing or two from them."[9] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 81 out of 100 based on 16 critics, indicating "universal acclaim."[10]


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  2. ^ Clarke, Stewart (28 November 2017). "Netflix Commits to 'Sex Education' With U.K. Drama Order". Variety. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  3. ^ White, Peter (4 December 2018). "Netflix Unveils First Look At Gillian Anderson In British Comedy Drama 'Sex Education'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  4. ^ White, Peter (17 May 2018). "Gillian Anderson & Asa Butterfield Join Netflix Dramedy 'Sex Education'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  5. ^ Roots, Kimberly (17 May 2018). "Gillian Anderson to Play 'Uninhibited' Therapist in Netflix's Sex Education". TVLine. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (17 May 2018). "Gillian Anderson to Star in Netflix Dramedy 'Sex Education'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  7. ^ Nemetz, Dave (16 July 2018). "Netflix's Sex Education: James Purefoy Joins Cast as Gillian Anderson's Ex". TVLine. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  8. ^ Petski, Denise (2 January 2019). "'Sex Education' Trailer: First Footage Of Gillian Anderson & Asa Butterfield In Netflix British Comedy Drama". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  9. ^ "Sex Education: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  10. ^ "Sex Education: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 15 January 2019.

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