What to watch after Sex Education: Coming-of-age TV shows and films that will make you feel nostalgic about growing up

Looking for something similar to Sex Education? From The Inbetweeners to Skins, we round up the best coming-of-age movies and TV shows similar to the Netflix hit.

Netflix’s new TV series Sex Education has been receiving a ton of critical acclaim, and has been labelled the best British teen drama since Skins.

Inspired by American High School films and TV shows like Freaks and Geeks and The Breakfast Club, the coming-of-age TV show centres around English teenager Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield) who’s the child of embarrassing sex therapist mum Jean (Gillian Anderson).

Many Netflix viewers have already binge-watched all eight episodes of the Sex Education box set. If it’s whetted your appetite for something similar, we’ve rounded up the best coming-of-age films and TV shows to get you feeling nostalgic about your younger years, from The Inbetweeners to Fresh Meat.

And don’t forget, with BT TV, you can access catch-up services for Freeview channels, All 4, the BT TV Store, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, depending on your subscription.

Fresh Meat

Fresh Meat

How can I watch it?

All four series of the Channel 4 show are available to stream now on Netflix. You can find it under the Players & Apps tab on your TV box.

What’s it about?

From the makers of Peep Show, Fresh Meat is a UK dramedy that follows a group of six students about to embark on the most exciting period of their lives so far - university.

Featuring a diverse cast of British acting talent, comedian Jack Whitehall is snooty J.P., Joe Thomas (best known for playing Simon in The Inbetweeners) is awkward amateur musician Kingsley, while Charlotte Ritchie (Nurse Barbara Gilbert in Call The Midwife) is swot Oregon.

Watch if you liked...

Peep Show, Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners Movie, Bad Education, Lovesick, The Festival.

The Inbetweeners

The Inbetweeners

How can I watch it?

All three series of The Inbetweeners are available to stream from All 4, which BT TV customers can access via the Players & Apps tab. There are also two follow-up films available to buy on the BT TV Store once you’ve finished the TV series.

What’s it about?

This British coming-of-age TV sitcom follows four friends Will, Simon, Jay and Neil and their immature antics as they negotiate their final years of school. The E4 comedy has won countless awards, including Baftas, NTAs and British Comedy Awards, and has a 91% approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com.

Watch if you liked...

The Office, The IT Crowd, Fresh Meat, Friday Night Dinner, Peep Show, Bad Education.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club

How can I watch it?

The Breakfast Club is available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Teenagers from different high school cliques attend Saturday detention and realise they have more in common than they thought. Critics consider this iconic 80s movie one of the greatest high school films of all time, and its cast were among the founding members of Hollywood's 'Brat Pack'.

Watch if you liked...

St Elmo’s Fire, Sixteen Candles, 10 Things I Hate About You, Clueless, Mean Girls, Heathers.

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Skins

Skins

How can I watch it?

All seven seasons of Skins are available to stream on Netflix and All 4 now.

What’s it about?

From the makers of Shameless, this dark comedy drama - which originally aired on E4 - follows the messy lives, loves, delirious highs and inevitable lows of a group of raucous teenage friends in Bristol. The show didn’t shy away from controversy, with storylines including sexuality, mental health, death and bullying, and catapulted the careers of young actors including Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel and Kaya Scodelario.

Watch if you liked...

Misfits, Shameless, My Mad Fat Diary, The End of the F***ing World, This Is England, Waterloo Road.

Stand By Me

Stand By Me

How can I watch it?

Stand By Me is available to buy from the BT TV Store now.

What’s it about?

This Oscar-nominated coming-of-age movie tells the story of four childhood friends who go in search of a dead body, enjoying a final summer adventure together before they go their separate ways.

Watch if you liked...

My Girl, Dead Poets Society, Back to the Future, The Lost Boys, The Goonies.

Dawson’s Creek

Dawson's Creek

How can I watch it?

All six seasons of Dawson’s Creek are available to stream on All 4 now.

What’s it about?

This smart-talking teen drama sees friends Dawson, Joey, Jen and Pacey - played by James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams and Joshua Jackson - help each other cope with adolescence while growing up in a small US coastal town, and paved the way for all teen dramas yet to come.

Watch if you liked...

The O.C., One Tree Hill, 90210, The Hills, My So-Called Life, Gossip Girl, Smallville.

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Boyhood

Boyhood

How can I watch it?

Boyhood is available to buy or rent from the BT TV Store now.

What’s it about?

Filmed over the course of 12 years with the same cast, this groundbreaking movie documents a young boy's journey from childhood to adolescence, as he grows from age 5 to 18 in front of the camera. The film was nominated for six Oscars, five Golden Globes and five Baftas, taking home the 2015 Bafta for Best Film.

Watch if you liked...

Dazed and Confused, Before Midnight, Moonlight, Birdman, Wild, Call Me By Your Name.

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls

How can I watch it?

All seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, plus four specials, are available to stream on Netflix now.

What’s it about?

Created by Amy Sherman-Palladino, this US dramedy centres around fiercely independent single mum Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her relationship with gifted daughter Rory (Alexis Bledel), tackling issues including family, friendship, education, romance and social divisions.

Watch if you liked...

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, This Is Us, Veronica Mars, Parenthood, Jane The Virgin, Charmed.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Perks of Being a Wallflower

How can I watch it?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is available to buy or rent from the BT TV Store now.

What’s it about?

Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Chobsky, this coming-of-age movie from the producers of Juno - starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson - tells the story of a shy teenager struggling with depression, his best friend's suicide and his first love.

Watch if you liked...

Juno, The Art of Getting By, Stuck In Love, Now Is Good, Love, Simon, Paper Towns.

How to purchase films and box sets in the BT TV Store

It couldn't be easier as you can now buy or rent the latest blockbusters via the BT TV Webstore.

This means you can buy and rent films directly from the website, or from your set-top box at home if that’s easier.

If you’re a BT TV customer, just search for your film or box set on the Webstore, and if it’s available it will show up with either ‘Buy’ or ‘Rent’ on the page.

Once you've bought it, it’ll then start downloading ready for you to watch, whether on the go via your mobile device or on your TV using the set-top box when you get home. How easy is that?

If you're at home, just hit the 'BT Player' button on your remote and scroll across the top menu to either 'Film' or 'Box Sets', and search for your favourite film or box set.

What are you waiting for? Get searching on the BT TV Store now!

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