Today we reach a dubious milestone: this will be the raunchiest entertainment Lazy Sunday has ever recommended, and yes, I remember that we have also recommended a smashing trash masterpiece called Versailles. (Most Moisturized Mom was shocked at the licentiousness of Louis XIV’s court. She also watched 20 episodes back to back, twice.)
But for those who are not easily embarrassed. this is a great one. I heard about Sex Education, a Netflix original series, on Friday night, when Christiane Amanpour interviewed one of its stars, Gillian Anderson, and showed a clip.
Saturday morning I cued it up and laid down row after row of stockinette on my Calligraphy Cardigan, giggling and gasping. It’s really good.
Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the New York Times review, which praises its honesty and de-centering of the teenage male perspective, even though a teenage male is the protagonist. The throughline in each episode is empathy for every stereotype of teenage society. If you are fond of classic teen movies like Risky Business, Clueless and The Breakfast Club, you’ll hear a lot of echoes in Sex Education.
It’s funny, well written, beautifully set-decorated and filmed. Gillian Anderson is deadpan and hilarious.
I repeat: it’s embarrassing. From the first scene! After an initial bout of pearl-clutching and saying “ew how vulgar, can we just NOT,” I acclimated, as the characters and clever, nuanced story drew me in.
This is going to see me through the final weekend of Bang Out a Sweater, and I’m grateful.