Parents Television Council Says Netflix’s ‘Sex Education’ is ‘Without Any Redeeming Value’ and ‘Produced for Nothing But Shock-Value’

A pro-parent media watchdog is calling out Netflix for another show the group feels is targeting teens with explicit, graphic sexual content and images.


For the last couple of years, the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has drawn the ire of family advocacy groups who have described the series that glorifies suicide as “toxic for children.” The American Family Association, for one, launched an online petition calling for the streaming giant to pull the first two seasons of the series from its offerings. Another Netflix series – an animated series titled Big Mouth – has been described as “outright pornographic” by some of the same groups.

Now comes a new series called Sex Education that originated in the UK and is now available for U.S audiences. Melissa Henson with the Parents Television Council says the content is very problematic.

“[It contains] very explicit sexual content, explicit nudity … to an extent and degree that you don’t even see on some of the pay cable channels in the U.S. like HBO and Cinemax,” she begins. “And because it is set in high school, it is very attractive to teenagers.”

Part of the problem, according to Henson, is that many parents turn to Netflix to avoid the risk of unwanted exposure to such content that those pay channels are known for. Those same parents, she laments, are either “unaware of or underestimate” the risks and downsides this new series brings to their teens.

“It’s not a program that’s going to interest adults for the most part,” she tells OneNewsNow. “This is going to be something that teenagers are going to try to get away with watching, most likely outside of the purview of their parents.”

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SOURCE: One News Now, Bill Bumpas and Jody Brown