The Asa Butterfield-led Sex Education has officially concluded its run this week with the release of its highly anticipated fourth season. Netflix’s sex comedy series transcended the initial notion of “talking sex is funny! And taboo!” Instead, it delved into a narrative rich with poignant moments and captivating character explorations, all framed within the context of human sexuality — a topic that unfortunately remains stigmatized in modern society. The series delves into the lives of Moordale Secondary School's students, parents and staff as they grapple with a range of personal challenges, frequently related with issues of sexual intimacy.
As the final season of the series releases this week, fans might be thirsty for more recommendations that fit within the themes explored in the show. If you find yourself in this situation, JustWatch has you covered. Here are six other TV shows that Sex Education fans can sink their teeth into.
PEN15 - 2 Seasons
PEN15 is a cringe-comedy series created by Maya Erskine, Anna Konkle and Sam Zvibleman. Erskine and Konkle portray younger versions of themselves as they navigate the daunting world of middle school in the early 2000s. The hilarious absurdity of seeing two grown women surrounded by actual teenagers remains present throughout the series, however there is an overwhelming amount of heart and awkward humor featured as well. There are also, of course, a number of embarrassing sex-related moments that will leave viewers laughing uncontrollably while watching the episode as their hands cover their eyes because sometimes the second-hand humiliation is too much to handle.
Where To Watch: PEN15 is available to stream on Hulu.
Heartstopper - 2 Seasons
Heartstopper is a British coming-of-age romantic dramedy series created by Alice Oseman. It is based on her popular graphic novel series of the same name and stars Joe Locke and Kit Connor. The series follows the blossoming relationship between Locke’s Charlie Spring and Connor’s Nick Nelson as they attempt to handle the various personal struggles they endure through their schooling. Heartstopper also contains an ensemble cast of talented young actors including William Gao, Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Tobie Donovan and Rhea Norwood. Academy Award winner Olivia Colman also appears in the series as Nick’s mother.
Where To Watch: Heartstopper is available to stream on Netflix.
Big Mouth - 6 Seasons
Big Mouth is an adult animated comedy series created by Andrew Goldberg, Nick Kroll, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. It follows a group of young students as they grapple with the horror show that is undergoing puberty while promoting a candid (and occasionally, uncomfortable) approach to human anatomy and sexuality. Kroll voices a fictionalized version of himself alongside notable figures within the comedy world including John Mulaney, Jessi Klein, Jason Mantzoukas, Jenny Slate, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Jordan Peele and Ayo Edebiri. Big Mouth does not shy away from depicting wildly terrifying sexual hijinks while also sprinkling in some tender moments to counteract the raunchy humor.
Where To Watch: Big Mouth is available to stream on Netflix.
Heartbreak High - 1 Season
Yet another Netflix series on the list, Heartbreak High is an Australian dramedy series that serves as a reboot of the original show from the ‘90s. The series follows the experiences of Hartley High's students and teachers as they confront issues related to racial tensions in Australia, navigate high school relationships and grapple with typical teenage challenges and anxieties. Ayesha Madon leads the series as Amerie Wadia alongside James Majoos, Chloé Hayden, Asher Yasbincek, Thomas Weatherall, Will McDonald and Josh Heuston. Both Heartbreak High and Sex Education successfully tackle the struggles teenagers experience on a daily basis with sensitivity and humor.
Where To Watch: Heartbreak High is available to stream on Netflix.
Skins - 7 Seasons
Skins is a British dramedy series created by Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain. In the series, each episode typically follows a specific character or group of characters, delving into the challenges they experience in their lives. The show's plotlines have highlighted such topics as troubled family dynamics and various mental health issues like depression, eating disorders, PTSD and bipolar disorder. Skins also explored themes like adolescent sexuality, gender identity, substance abuse, loss and bullying. Before they gained their current level of fame, the series showcased several exceptionally talented individuals including Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, Hannah Murray, Joe Dempsie and Jack O'Connell. While Skins serves as a much more dramatic/controversial perspective on these issues, both shows ultimately explore the lives of their respective young characters effectively.
Where To Watch: Skins is available to stream on Hulu.
Misfits - 5 Seasons
Misfits is a British sci-fi dramedy series created by Howard Overman. The series follows a group of juvenile delinquents who are serving sentences in a community service program. During their service, they gain supernatural abilities following a mysterious electrical storm. Misfits also featured a stellar cast throughout its run including Iwan Rheon, Robert Sheehan, Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Antonia Thomas, Joe Gilgun, Karla Crome, Nathan McMullen, Natasha O'Keeffe and Matt Stokoe. Although Misfits incorporates sci-fi elements into the series, both titles ultimately share similar comedic sensibilities and use their respective humor to explore this challenging period of adolescence.
Where To Watch: Misfits is available to stream on Hulu.
As we bid farewell to the beloved characters we've grown attached to at Moordale Secondary, it's our hope that the titles mentioned will help aid in your journey. The humor and heartfelt moments that made Sex Education special will certainly continue to resonate with viewers alike for generations to come.
Sex Education is currently available to stream on Netflix.
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