If you need your weekend entertainment fix, we have got you covered, especially if you have finished bingeing the last season of Sex Education and are craving for more of the same vibe.
With its mix of humour, heart, and a healthy dose of teenage awkwardness, the quirky British series just wrapped up its fourth and final season. Now that you’ve become emotionally invested in Otis, Maeve, Eric, and the Moordale gang, you might wonder where to turn next.
Fear not, because we have curated five shows in our ongoing essential binges series that will hit the Sex Education-shaped void just right.
Keep the binge-worthy momentum going with our picks.
Five essential series to binge this weekend on Netflix:
If you enjoyed the coming-of-age themes and high school drama in Sex Education, then its spiritual predecessor, Skins, is a must-watch. This British series, which initially aired from 2007 to 2013, delves into the lives of a group of teenagers as they navigate the challenges of adolescence.
Skins doesn’t shy away from tackling challenging issues, such as mental health, addiction, and sexuality, making it a compelling and authentic exploration of the teenage experience. With a talented cast that includes future stars like Dev Patel and Nicholas Hoult, Skins is a must-watch.
For those looking for more LGBTQ+ representation and a fresh take on the coming-of-age genre, Special is a hidden gem. This Netflix original series follows Ryan, a gay man with cerebral palsy, as he embarks on a journey of self-discovery and independence.
Special is not only a heartwarming and hilarious show but a groundbreaking one, as it features a lead character with a disability who is authentically portrayed by actor and creator Ryan O’Connell. With its short episodes and engaging storytelling, Special is a binge-worthy series that will leave you wanting more.
Derry Girls is a perfect choice if you crave more irreverent humour and a glimpse into the lives of teenagers dealing with the quirks of adolescence. Set against the backdrop of the Northern Ireland conflict in the 1990s, this comedy series follows a group of teenage friends as they navigate school, family, and the chaos of their hometown.
Derry Girls is known for its sharp wit, hilarious one-liners, and endearing characters who will quickly become your new favourites. With just a few short seasons, it’s a binge-worthy series you can easily devour on a weekend.
For those who appreciate the frank discussions about sexuality and puberty in Sex Education, Big Mouth takes those themes to an animated and absurdly hilarious extreme. This adult animated series, created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, explores the awkward and cringe-worthy aspects of adolescence through the eyes of a group of middle school friends.
Big Mouth doesn’t shy away from tackling taboo subjects with humour and honesty, making it a unique and entertaining series that will have you both laughing and cringing.
If you’re a fan of the tender and heartfelt moments in Sex Education, then Heartstopper is a series that will tug at your heartstrings. Based on the popular webcomic by Alice Oseman, this Netflix adaptation follows the budding romance between two high school boys, Nick and Charlie. Heartstopper beautifully explores themes of love, identity, and self-acceptance, all while portraying first love at its cutest.
With its short episodes and endearing characters, Heartstopper is a series you’ll want to savour.