I just watched the incredibly heartwarming Netflix TV series, Heartstopper. It focuses on the relationship between two teenaged high school students in England who are grappling with their sexuality. Charlie is a nerdy guy who had come out as gay and Nick is the star of the rugby team who comes to realize that he isn’t straight.
Of course, teenage years are challenging for most people. This series dramatizes additional challenges that people face when they recognize that their sexualities that don’t fit the heterosexual norm. The characters and interactions feel incredibly realistic.
As a bonus, the wonderful Olivia Colman has a sweet supporting role.
Heartstopper reminds me of the Netflix series Sex Education, which also takes place at an English high school. But where Sex Education is a guffaw-out-loud comedy (with compelling dramatic plotlines), Heartstopper is a poignant drama through and through.
This season consists of eight half-hour episodes, with the promise of a new season. It is based on the book and work of impressive young author Alice Oseman.
Take a look.