Netflix has renewed the British comedy-drama TV series Sex Education for season 2. The series follows a socially awkward teenage boy, Otis (Asa Butterfield), a virgin who lives with his sex therapist mother, Dr. Jean F. Milburn (Gillian Anderson). Otis, along with his friend Maeve (Emma Mackey), set up an underground sex therapy clinic for their peers to help them with their problems.
Although Sex Education seems similar to the U.K. series Skins, it offers an original take on what teens deal with when it comes to their sexuality. Although billed as a comedy, it's also a drama and manages to cover more serious subjects. Sex Education became an instant hit for Netflix, not just with critics, but with viewers. Most fans have nothing but high praise for the series, thanks to its honest discussion about relationships, sex and identity, as well as its complex and compelling characters. The Sex Education season 1 trailer arrived in early 2019, with the show premiering Jan. 11 on Netflix. Netflix recently stated that it expected at least 40 million viewers would watch the series during its first four weeks of streaming.
Netflix announced that because of this success and high fan demand, Sex Education will get a second season on the streaming subscription platform, with production expected to begin in spring 2019. Anderson, Butterfield and Mackey are on board to reprise their roles in season 2, along with Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee-Lou Wood, Connor Swindells, Kedar Williams-Stirling, Tanya Reynolds, Patricia Allison and Alistair Petrie. Laurie Nunn will return as creator and executive producer, with Jamie Campbell acting as a co-executive producer and Eleven as the production company. Netflix Vice President of Original Content Cindy Holland said:
“Laurie Nunn has captured the awkward teenage experience with a lot of heart and humor in Sex Education. Along with the Eleven team and executive producer and director Ben Taylor, she’s created a universally relatable series that has resonated with our members around the world.”
When it comes to original content, Netflix has recently nailed it. The company had wild success with its original movie Bird Box, with viewers watching in record numbers. Its original shows also continue to get popular and critical acclaim, including One Day At A Time, Stranger Things and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. The recent Netflix series You (a transplant from the cable network Lifetime) was also a hit on the platform and just got renewed for a second season, too.
Netflix may spend up to $15 billion on original programming in 2019, meaning that there is even more great entertainment to come. That also means more seasons of quality shows such as Sex Education, which should make fans of those series extremely happy. Maybe eventually, Netflix will even manage to win over viewers still angry about the company dropping much of its Marvel content.