A Heartwarming TV Series

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.

3 thoughts on “A Heartwarming TV Series”

  1. I am reading Susan Cain´s book (with Gregory Mone and Erica Moroz), a Ney York Times betseller. Quiet Power. The secrets strenghts of introverted kids. Love the reference of the restorative niche by the psichilogist Brian Little.

    Always learning from John!

  2. Thanks for this. Heartstopper is such a wonderful show. A few weeks ago, I produced a reacts video that looks at the poignant coming-out conversation (featuring Olivia Colman as mom) from a difficult conversations perspective. You may want to take a look.


    On Friday, I’ll publish another Heartstopper video that looks at a different aspect of negotiation.

    Thanks for sharing this and Happy Pride, all!

    1. What a wonderful video, Bob. Thanks for sharing it. I definitely recommend it.

      But — spoiler alert — it includes clips from the last episode and you might wait to watch Bob’s video until after you watch the series.

      Bob focuses on the challenges for both parents and children to have conversations about coming out. He notes that parents may or may not be surprised to learn about their kids’ sexuality. I thought about Randy Rainbow’s experience when he came out and his mother and grandmother already knew for quite a while. I discuss Mr. Rainbow’s biography and other books about introversion in this post.

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