I already loved the first season of Sex Education, but the second one blew any expectations I’d already built out of the water! A perfect plot, a charming cast, and hilarious writing… season two of Netflix’s Sex Education has something for everyone. Here’s why you should definitely give it a watch!
- A Beautiful, Diverse Cast
Sex Education’s cast is diverse in many aspects: race, gender, sexuality, body types, and more. Viewers will definitely be able to find themselves represented in at least one of the characters, if not more than one. Everyone deserves to see a reflection of themselves in the media, and Sex Education provides that in a beautiful way. The diversity of the show isn’t forced or made into a big deal, it just exists, and that’s the way it should be.
- Strong Female Characters
Though Sex Education focuses heavily on romantic relationships, friendships between characters — especially the leading female cast — have a heavy influence in the show. Maeve is an unapologetic feminist, Lily isn’t afraid to be herself, and Aimee’s story teaches us that we are stronger together. Each character is unique in her own way, and the show would be incomplete without any one of them.
- Mature Explanations of Important, Often Unmentioned Topics
Season two focuses heavily on Moordale’s lack of a proper sex education — something many high school age viewers can recognize in their own schools. Though the actual sex-ed program is not the main plotline of the series, much of Jean’s advice offers answers that viewers may never have learned in their own lives. One of the best examples of this is the scene where Florence comes to Jean for advice. Florence explains that she feels “broken” because she is indifferent towards the idea of sex. Jean replies by saying: “Sex doesn’t make us whole. So how could you ever be broken?”. This interaction provides a powerful definition for asexuality, a sexual identity that is often never mentioned in typical sex ed curriculum.
- The Bus Scene
If you’ve already seen the series, it’s likely you also consider the bus scene to be one of, if not the most, impactful moment of the season. (Warning: mild spoilers ahead.) After Aimee is sexually assaulted on her bus ride to school, she is unable to board the bus alone, instead walking past the bus stop all the way to school every morning. After weeks of this, she finally admits to her friends that she is not able to get on the bus. The next morning, they are all waiting for her at the bus stop, and together they get on the bus. This moment of solidarity between the main female characters is powerful to witness, and honestly, the show is worth watching for this moment alone.
- Celebration of Being Yourself
Though characters often seek out sex-related advice because they feel that something is “wrong” with them, the show is careful to reassure the viewers that these kinds of issues are a normal piece of life. Rather than there being one “right” way to do anything, Sex Education celebrates the characters’ differences, allowing them to form unique bonds and come together as a strong group of people.