- Netflix’s “Sex Education” has an 90% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, and fans have praised how the show addresses relevant issues.
- Netflix said in its earnings report on Thursday that the show will likely be viewed by 40 million acconts in its first four weeks.
- Unlike some of its other British Netflix “original” shows, “Sex Education” didn’t originate on a UK network, and demonstrates Netflix’s evolving production strategy.
- Netflix will increase the amount of European shows it produces in 2019 to compete with a potential British streaming service, The Telegraph reported in November.
Netflix has built an impressive catalog of hit British TV shows licensed from networks in the UK, or co-produced with them. But with its latest British series, Netflix started from scratch — and it seems to have paid off.
“Sex Education” debuted on the streaming giant on January 11 and stars Asa Butterfield and Gillian Anderson. Netflix describes the series like this: “Insecure Otis has all the answers when it comes to sex advice, thanks to his therapist mom. So rebel Maeve proposes a school sex-therapy clinic.”
Netflix said in its 2018 fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday that it estimated “Sex Education” will be viewed by 40 million accounts in its first four weeks. It counts a view if an account watches at least 70% of a single episode.
People on Twitter praised the show’s positive and “healthy” portrayal of male friendships that lack “toxic masculinity,” and its “complex characterization of a gay teen of color,” among other things.
Below are some Tweets commending the show:
Wow #SexEducation really gave us the most layered and complex characterization of a gay teen of color!! He wasn’t there for comedy relief or for tokenism. He had his own storyline and grew into this BEAUTIFUL, FIERCE, and joy-spreading angel
WE MUST PROTECT ERIC AT ALL COSTS. pic.twitter.com/VBXnkiCRud
— ✨ (@wiiissssss) January 13, 2019
Otis and Eric’s friendship on Sex Education is such a wonderful, healthy, and pure example of male friendships. There is no weird toxic masculinity bullshit or homophobia. Just pure love. pic.twitter.com/PKR3xrF8Ki
— 🔮 your middlest sister 🌚 (@kissing_kate_) January 13, 2019
I’ve never seen a more clearly bisexual love interest to a straight man on TV than Ola on Sex Education, who radiates Big Queer Energy in every moment and in this scene is literally wearing a rainbow. pic.twitter.com/DW5UUerBxC
— alanna bennett (@AlannaBennett) January 14, 2019
Fuck, im tired all day but Sex Education is so gooooooood and cant stop, im on ep4. Huhuhu what is sleep btw?
— mermaine (@litolnars_) January 14, 2019
Didn’t expect to like Sex Education bai. The makers are truly the masters of their craft. Its amazing to have seen a series that addresses relevant issues like teenage pregnancy, father-son issues, being both gay and a christian, peer pressure, etc. in just one show.
— anicca (@annikanicc) January 14, 2019
Critics love it, too, and it has an 90% Rotten Tomatoes critic score. The Atlantic’s Sophie Gilbert wrote that the show is “patched together so perspicaciously from pieces of existing hits that you can virtually see the stitches … it works so well is almost annoying.”
Allison Shoemaker wrote for RogerEbert.com that the show is “willing to experiment and find a balance that works. And like sex—like good sex anyway—it’s often an absolute pleasure.”
The series features a primarily international cast and was filmed in South Wales. But what makes “Sex Education” different than some other hit Netflix British shows as of late is that it didn’t originate on a UK TV network.
Unlike “Bodyguard,” “The Last Kingdom,” or even “Black Mirror” — all of which Netflix acquired streaming rights to (or picked up as originals) after they had aired on BBC networks — “Sex Education” is purely a Netflix original. This is a sign of Netflix bulking up its output of international originals.
Netflix will increase the amount of European shows it produces in 2019 by a third, The Telegraph reported in November. The move comes on the heels of the head of the UK’s broadcast regulator pushing British networks to create a streaming service to compete with Netflix, according to The Telegraph.