Sex

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  • TV-MA
  • 2020
  • 1 Season
  • 5.9  (688)

Sex is a 2021 adult comedy-drama television series that explores modern intimacy and human connection through the lens of three women in their 40s living in Glasgow, Scotland. The show stars Catriona Balfe as Alexa, a single mother navigating the dating world after her divorce; Emun Elliott as James, Alexa's best friend and confidante; and Suranne Jones as Lori, a married gynecologist struggling in her relationship.

Though openly about sex and desire, Sex aims to tell a nuanced story about mature women leading complex emotional lives. Alexa contends with raising her two teenage children while seeking fulfillment outside of her family role. Lori attempts to recapture passion in her stale marriage through an affair. James engages in casual dating while pining for true love. Their stories intersect as they lend support, challenge assumptions, and search for happiness.

Balfe brings warmth and likability to Alexa as she stumbles through awkward dating encounters and an unexpected pregnancy. Elliott infuses James with wit and compassion. Jones captures Lori's simmering frustration and longing. The three leads have an easy, relatable chemistry that grounds the show.

Sex sets itself apart with steamy yet naturalistic sex scenes, shedding light on the vulnerabilities, humor, and communication inherent to physical intimacy. The sex is not gratuitous, but woven into each episode's narrative and emotional arcs.

Though primarily centered on the three women, the supporting characters add layers to the story. Alexa's ex-husband and children, Lori's husband and co-workers, and James' dates offer foils and context to the leads' inner lives. Glasgow itself becomes a character, its streets, bars, and landscapes providing a backdrop for the characters' journeys.

With thoughtful scripts bringing nuance and humanity to intimate subject matter, Sex aims to tell relatable stories about mature people navigating universal desires. It's an unflinching, moving look at the complexity of 21st century relationships through the lens of three unforgettable women.

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Seasons
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 3, 2020
With her relationship with Simon on the outs, Cathrine visits Selma and tries to be with her, but are they capable of having more than a physical connection? Confused, Cathrine decides to reconcile with Simon, but it might be too late.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 3, 2020
Cathrine and Simon start going to couple's therapy, and are advised to do something intimate together that doesn't involve sex. But when they try, their old habits get in the way. Meanwhile, Selma reaches out to say she misses Cathrine.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
February 3, 2020
Cathrine tells Selma they can't see each other anymore, but it's harder than expected. Feeling guilty, she confides in Nanna, who advises that she tell Simon the truth. When she tries to, it doesn't go according to plan.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
February 3, 2020
As Cathrine starts to act distant with Simon, she tries to get closer to Selma. After trying to invite Selma to the bar, Cathrine instead ends up at her apartment, where they take their relationship to the next level.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
February 3, 2020
Cathrine can't get Selma out of her mind and their work dynamic has become more flirtatious. At home, she continues to struggle to be intimate with Simon, but they have a strong bond and loving relationship nonetheless.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
February 3, 2020
Cathrine tries to initiate sex with her live-in boyfriend, Simon, but he isn't in the mood. She stays late at work with her co-worker Selma, who is gay. After complaining about her sex life, Cathrine shares an intimate moment with Selma.
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  • Premiere Date
    February 3, 2020
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (688)