Netflix is no stranger to churning out an original series, many of which never see the light of a second season. But the final season of “Sex Education,” which premiered on the platform on Sept. 21, proved that the British comedy series rightfully earned its four year run.
The show is well known for its open dialogue surrounding sex and relationships, particularly in the context of young people, and season four is no different in its shameless displays of the most intimate and embarrassing parts of the characters’ lives.
Full disclaimer, there is a flaccid penis in the first episode, so maybe don’t watch it during your next afternoon lecture.
In the fourth season, there are roughly twelve main characters with their own storylines, each of which explores topics beyond sex-related gossip.
Eric, an openly gay man and active church member, grapples with his Christian community’s issues with his sexuality. Another character, Aimee, processes trauma from a previous season in new, creative ways. Michael, the old headmaster and cold father to Adam, tries to better himself and reconnect with his family (writer’s note: this is by far my favorite storyline).
From postnatal depression to abusive relationships, this season of “Sex Education” is not afraid to talk about the heavy stuff. What started as a show about high schoolers in dire need of sex advice has turned into perhaps the most honest and validating show about all things intimate and interpersonal.
Though sex certainly remains a crucial part of the series, “Sex Education” is, above all, a story of self-acceptance.
Since the first season, the show has made a point to be everything its namesake class in schools isn't. It encourages young people to explore sex safely rather than fear it.
“Sex Education” is a rare gem, gracefully including LGBTQ+ characters without reducing their entire personality to their sexual orientation. The series succeeds in depicting both the fluidity of sexuality and the many different people who might identify as queer.