A sexually repressed teenager becomes the copulation guru at his new high school in the trailer for upcoming drama Netflix dramedy series Sex Education, which hits the streaming platform on January 11th.
The clip opens with a painfully awkward scene starring protagonist Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) and his sex therapist mother, Jean (The X-Files star Gillian Anderson). “I noticed you’re pretending to masturbate,” she tells the teenager, highlighting their bizarre relationship. “And I was wondering if you wanted to talk about it.” In another clip from one of Jean’s sessions, she asks a dumbfounded client, “Why don’t you start by telling me your earliest memory of your scrotum?”
From there, the trailer focuses on Otis, his friend Eric (Ncuti Gatwa) and the “new frontier” of sexual activity they encounter in their new school. “I’m worried about you, man,” Eric tells his sidekick. “Everybody’s either thinking about shagging, about to shag or actually shagging.” Otis capitalizes on that rampant horniness, utilizing his mother’s sex expertise to establish his own underground therapy clinic with Eric and school rebel Maeve (Emma Mackey); together, they aid peers with their own issues – ranging from a “wanking” addiction to “out of control” pubic hair to struggles with sexual identity.
Laurie Nunn created and wrote Sex Education, with direction from Ben Taylor and Kate Herron.