When this show popped up on the good old Netflix suggestion bar, I was expecting a raunchy comedy. Instead, I was given a heartwarming, yet also granted with gorgeous undertones on the difficulty and confusion of youth.
The main storyline here was Otis, a young high schooler who is, in every sense of the word, a late bloomer. He is unsure of himself and his place in his word, and his overprotective mother, who is a sex therapist, has given him pressure resulting in an inherent fear of his own sexuality. In the first episode, we are greeted with Otis’ serious fear of masturbation, and this fear of sexuality is compounded even further as the series continues.
However, his surprise friendship with the “school slut” Maeve, as she is lovingly referred to by her friends and hated enemies, becomes an odd business opportunity for both of them. Otis follows his mother’s work and helps confused teenagers with their sexual problems. Despite his apparent talent for this, he is unable to follow his own advice and provides a wonderful story arc of confronting one’s own fears and internal conflicts.
Maeve is my personal favorite on the show (as she is many other’s who watch the show). As the show courses through, we see exactly how truly messed up Maeve’s life is. Neither of her parents is in her life, and her drug dealer brother disappears without warning, leaving her alone to deal with bills, school, and everything else all on her own. We see a strong, female character who somehow overcomes her own struggles and maintains her own normal, dramatic teen life. Even her failures give us a deeper and higher view of her as a character, and I’ve never felt more connected to a teenage character than this girl, even without experiencing her personal traumas. She is written practically perfectly and hits the audience right in the heart from the first second she shows up on screen.
The underdog character here is Adam. We are first introduced to Adam as the bully who terrorizes sweet little Eric (who is another amazing character). Adam is the headmaster’s son and deals with a horribly emotionally abusive relationship with his father. It expands upon a character archetype we rarely see delved into and this is why it popped off the screen so much to me.
There are so many other amazing characters in the show like Eric, Jackson, and Aimee, who all introduce incredible and inspirational story arcs. Practically every character in this series serves as a tutorial to aspiring screenwriters and is truly the cream of the crop. All this along with the societal undertones and distress of coming of age produces a truly incredible television series that has left me dying in wait for the next season.
Rating: Splendid grass-fed Kobe *smacks lips*