Sex Education: Netflix drops first trailer ahead of premiere


Netflix has finally dropped a proper trailer for Sex Education. The modern take on a middle-class family drama premieres on January 11. Let’s break it down.

Sex Education has been on a lot of people’s radars. There hasn’t been a whole lot of footage available from the show up until now, which is interesting since all of the episodes drop on Netflix on January 11.

But, the show stars Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), so it wasn’t exactly going to be forgotten before it aired.

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Anderson stars as Jean, a sex therapist, who happens to be raising a teenage son. Otis (Asa Butterfield) seems to be very uncomfortable with the sex-positive nature of his mom.

Coming to literal grips with your sexuality as a teenager is difficult. Your identity starts to define itself, but it’s still hazy, malleable, and unknown.

This is made harder for Otis because his mom’s profession has made him a gossip celebrity. Clearly, he must be a man’s man who knows what he’s doing when it comes to all things involving sex education. Except, Otis doesn’t. In fact, he’s a virgin that isn’t exactly sad about being a virgin. The trailer isn’t trying to say Otis is asexual. He’s just not interested in sex yet.

Otis’ best mate Eric (Ncuti Gatwa), on the other hand, is jealous. He would love to have a sex therapist for a parent. All of the possibilities in Eric’s head seem best represented by the way he flies through the scenes in the trailer with the biggest smile on his face.

As I mentioned, Otis becomes famous at school for all the wrong reasons when students find out what his mom does for a living. He ends up being forced into becoming a student sex therapist by Maeve (Emma Mackey), who seems to hold power over Otis.

She believes that Otis must know everything about sex, or at least she’ll be able to advertise him that way. This is an adult version of Lucy in therapist mode from Peanuts.

I’m looking forward to Sex Education. This is the highest profile show of its kind since Masters of Sex went off the air in 2016.

Except, this takes place in modern times where older demographics are still a bit repressed while the younger generation is eager to learn. It will be interesting to see how all of this fits together.

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Sex Education was created by Laurie Nunn (Pregnant Pause). She also wrote a majority of the episodes. It’s produced by Eleven Film and premieres on Netflix on Friday, January 11. Watch for my recaps!

Did you watch the trailer for Sex Education? Are you excited to see Gillian Anderson back on television? Let’s discuss in the comments!