As a dedicated fan of “Sex Education” since its inception, I approached the fourth and final season with a mix of excitement and apprehension. After all, saying goodbye to a show that brilliantly balances bawdy humour with heartfelt life lessons is never easy. However, as I delved into the latest instalment of this British Netflix series, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it retained the core essence that had made it a standout watch from the beginning.

The season kicks off several months after Maeve departs for the US, and Otis’s mother, Jean, welcomes her baby, Joy, into the world, keeping the identity of the father a secret. The characters we’ve grown to love are facing new challenges as they navigate changing schools, locations, and jobs. It’s a reflection of the real-life transitions that adolescents go through, highlighting the complexities of finding one’s place in a shifting landscape.

One noticeable aspect of this final season is its audacious approach. It’s as if the creators decided, “We’re going out, and we’re going out with a bang.” The show delves into even more risqué territory than before, pushing boundaries and daring viewers to join the raucous ride.

Amidst this audacity, Aimee Lou Wood’s character, Aimee Gibbs, shines brightly. Wood’s comedic talent is on full display, particularly in her scenes at the art class and her interactions with Isaac. Her character seems to draw inspiration from the quirky charm of “Friends” icon Phoebe Buffay, which adds a delightful layer to the show’s ensemble. Aimee is, without a doubt, a more well-rounded character than her American counterpart.

In this final chapter, we are introduced to Dan Levy’s character, a professor who brings a fresh perspective to the discussions on gender, preferences, and sexuality. While Levy’s character feels somewhat like a misfit at first, his presence contributes to the show’s exploration of these essential themes.

However, the most intriguing twist of the season comes from the introduction of an in-house therapist called ‘O,’ who presents competition for Otis in the sex therapist department. This development adds depth to Otis’s character and raises questions about his journey and growth throughout the series. 

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Yet, beyond the basic plot, the season intricately delves into more complex issues that are relatable not just to adolescents but to everyone.

Parental Relationships:

Adam’s complex relationship with his father Michale is one of the most poignant aspects of the show. The season takes us on a rollercoaster of emotions, exploring the struggle for acceptance and identity within a parent-child dynamic. Their relationship is fraught with misunderstandings, but it also provides a realistic view into the challenges and vulnerabilities of parenthood and adolescence alike.

Openness and Acceptance:

Cal and her mother’s relationship brings the conversation of openness and acceptance to the forefront. This season shines a light on the importance of parental support, particularly when Cal decides to undergo surgery. It’s a tender and nuanced portrayal of what acceptance within a family unit can look like.

Identity and Tradition:

Eric’s struggle with religion and identity is both relatable and relevant. His decision not to get baptised raises essential questions about reconciling identity with religious and cultural expectations.

Postnatal Depression:

Jean’s character goes through an incredibly complex arc involving postnatal depression, lending a rare but needed focus on maternal mental health. This is portrayed without unnecessary drama, offering instead a sensitive, deeply humane look at a topic that is often swept under the carpet.

Menopause and Stigma:

The radio show operator’s struggle with menopause being stigmatised is both poignant and timely, confronting the societal prejudices against a natural life stage for women.

Trauma and Strength:

Aimee’s experience with trauma is another notable storyline, especially her relatable relationship with Joanna, highlighting that trauma in the form of sexual abuse can, in some cases, lead to unexpected resilience and bonds.


Isaac’s character brings into focus the challenges faced by physically disabled individuals. Whether it’s the physical obstacles of navigating through spaces not designed for him or the social obstacles of being seen as “different,” his storyline is a critical addition to the show.

The creators have pushed boundaries even further this season with extraordinary and unexpected twists. Characters like Aimee Gibbs and new addition Dan Levy’s professor character contribute layers of complexity and charm to an already outstanding ensemble cast.

The cast delivers exceptional performances, but the true star of this concluding season is creator Laurie Nunn. Her ability to tie up loose ends while seamlessly introducing new characters and storylines is commendable. It’s a testament to her storytelling prowess and the consistency she has maintained throughout the series.

In summary, the fourth season of “Sex Education” remains true to its roots while boldly addressing complex issues. From examining the nuances of human relationships and sexuality to reflecting evolving societal norms, the show’s final season promises to be as memorable as its journey thus far. Most importantly, the value and powerful note of psychological therapy and emotional support has been portrayed distinctively. It eliminated a barrier related to seeking help in the first place. As rightly pointed out by Jean, the very first step is acknowledging one’s own mental health condition and being willing to undergo therapy is the most powerful step in itself.  It’s been an incredible ride, and this season serves as a perfect farewell to a show that has enlightened as much as it has entertained.