Parents' Guide to

Sex Education

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Quirky comedy has terrific premise, tons of mature content.

TV Netflix Comedy 2019
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 50 parent reviews

age 18+

AM I the only one with common sense?

This is NOT for kids, not for teens, this show is all about sex! In the first thirty seconds of the first episode there is nudity. There is nudity, foul language, even full frontal view genitalia, sexting and things kids do not need to know about! I’m ashamed of anyone who’s let there twelve year old or older kids watch this, I’ve seen reviews from kids that young. It’s MA for a reason, keep people away from this, it’s no educational it’s overly informative in ways that will damage your mind. I can’t even watch this and I’m eighteen, this is ridiculous.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
5 people found this helpful.
age 18+

Are parents crazy?

Watching this? Excuse me but schools have a better system of communicating this, and YOU do too. Clearly you don’t know about P*rn and the effects it has on teenage brains. Why tf do they need this? They have you, they have doctors, they have teachers, they have everything. A message to the parent who let their kid watch it at age 12: GOODNESS knows what that child might be thinking. As parents, doctors tell us to discourage sex. My advice: Grab the remote and turn on some nature channel. It’s a lot more helpful to them than this ever will be.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
4 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (50):
Kids say (174):

Stocked with great actors and built around a premise with comic legs (if you're OK with an empathetic, mature sex romp mostly set in a high school), this quirky comedy is a total delight. The teens in Sex Education are brimming with hormones: making out before school, getting busy afterward -- Otis' eager best friend, Eric (the disarmingly charming Ncuti Gatwa), even gave "two and a half hand jobs" to a boy he met on vacation. The sexual barrage continues at home, where Otis' mom asks him frankly about his masturbation habits and passes on intimate advice to a classmate who comes over to work on a project. While Otis himself is a late bloomer, he passes on his extensive knowledge to teens struggling with varied issues. As the show progresses, Otis and his friends mature sexually, even as they still struggle with interpersonal dynamics.

It's an interesting contrast to vintage teen sex comedies, which blithely assume that everyone's doing it, or wants to, and the only problem is a lack of sex, not too much of it. In Sex Education, the dilemmas faced by those who come to Otis, Maeve, and Jean for advice give a nice shot of realism in a show that often reads as absurd. Ultimately, the show has an essential sweetness and relatability that will make viewers want to see more -- because they'll see themselves.

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