The best sex comedies on Netflix for Valentine's Day
From a teenager offering advice in Sex Education to a middle-aged couple reigniting their sex life in Wanderlust, here are some of the best sex comedies available on Netflix
It's a relief that, 20 years later, the sex comedy genre has become enlightened and improved with time. And the proof is on Netflix, with sex and relationship comedy shows for every generation. From tweenage to middle age, here's the best of them.
THE STEP INTO PUBERTY: Big Mouth
Tracking the itchy stages of puberty from boners and periods to sexuality and body-confidence, Big Mouth enters the surreal and sexual adventures of suffering tweenagers.
Nick (Chris Kroll) is still waiting for puberty to hit, Andrew (John Mulaney) masturbates over everything and even has a Hormone Monster (also Kroll) to encourage his darkest urges, and Jessi (Jessi Klein) endures her first period and spawns a Hormone Monstress (Maya Rudolph) of her own.
The series cuts through many wrongful perceptions of sex with hilariously graphic demonstrations, almost serving as a sexual springboard for life. It's the sex education lesson we all wanted at school.
LESSONS IN TEENAGE RELATIONS: Sex Education
Like Nick in Big Mouth, Otis (Asa Butterfield) is a teenage boy who can’t masturbate. But when he gains inside information from his sex-therapist mother (Gillian Anderson) he uses that knowledge to give paid advice to sexually confused teenagers at his school.
He delves into the psychology behind certain taboos and practices - emphasising that love, affection, communication, and empathy are all key to a satisfying sexual relationship.
The series also delves into tough issues for modern teens like consent, abortion, homophobia, transphobia, and online shaming – exploring them all in a caring and intelligent way. It’s about as far away from American Pie as it’s possible to get.
Read our 5-star review of the series
THE TRIALS OF THE TWENTY-SOMETHING: Lovesick
In Lovesick (formerly Scrotal Recall), the characters have already endured the various sexual rites-of-passage as teenagers, and now the focus is either on more meaningful relationships or completely meaningless sex.
Dylan (Johnny Flynn) gets Chlamydia and needs to contact all his sexual partners, recounting each of their stories of love and loss. He’s a nervous romantic, striving to find 'The One' and falls for women too quickly. He’s also, unknowingly at first, in love with his best friend Evie (Antonia Thomas) who was once in love with him but is now getting married.
Lovesick covers the main anxieties of being in your twenties: unrequited love, the pressure to commit or marry, bitter sexual exploits, and disappointing dates. It finds comedy and drama in the trials of the twenty-something.
MIDLIFE EXPERIMENTS: Wanderlust
To be fair, the Nick Payne comedy drama Wanderlust flows through a range of characters of different ages. But the main interest is with Joy (Toni Collette) and Alan (Steven Mackintosh), a married couple whose sex life is dwindling. As an unconventional solution, they decide to sleep with other people while staying together – satisfying both their sexual needs without separating.
Similar to Sex Education, Joy is a couples' therapist and the show delves into the psychological reasons behind her need for more partners. While capturing the awkwardness of sex in hilarious and cringe-worthy detail, the series can also get emotionally striking as Joy tries to make sense of her feelings.
Wanderlust aims to re-catch Joy and Alan’s sexual spark that was left behind in their youth and fizzled out in middle age. The question is whether they can achieve that with each other, or only with others.
Read our 5-star review of episode one