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Remember when teenage hormonal fluctuations ruled your every decision? Well, strap yourself in because season three of Sex Education has finally dropped


 Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey are part of the returning cast.

Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey are part of the returning cast.

Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey are part of the returning cast.

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Remember when teenage hormonal fluctuations ruled your every decision? Well, strap yourself in because season three of Sex Education has finally dropped, and it's about to bring you back to those heady days.

Thankfully, this time round, you don't even have to leave the couch as we continue to follow teenager Otis (Asa Butterfield) - who dispenses advice to his classmates on matters of the heart and sometimes genitals - and his wildly uninhibited sex-guru mother Jean (Gillian Anderson). We're also introduced to several exciting new characters in this glorious dramedy as they try to figure out life. Good luck with that, kids!




This unique take on teen life with its signature 1980s look is as much about growing up as it is about fighting strange supernatural forces.

Even though it is told through a sci-fi horror lens, Stranger Things provides your fix of young adult angst through the eyes of the motley crew. However, it was Max and Eleven's friendship that was one of the best things about season three, especially when Max declares to El, "There's more to life than stupid boys, you know", bringing a tear to even our old, dried-out eyes.




Netflix's re-release of this classic is the perfect time capsule for adults who were once 1990s kids.

The will-they-won't-they storyline between Dawson (James Van Der Beek), his best friend Joey (Katie Holmes) and other bestie Pacey (Joshua Jackson) had us gripped. However, they didn't exactly reflect our own chaotic adolescent experience on this side of the Atlantic, as they were all perfectly articulate, and we were more Harry Enfield's Kevin and Perry.

But the biggest question united us all: Who will Joey choose? I think we can all agree Dawson was a wet blanket and she chose correctly.

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IT would have to take a coming-of-age comedy set in 1990s Derry to give us a refreshingly average take on the real world of teens. Derry Girls tells the story of screenwriter Lisa McGee’s experiences as a teenager and follows the adventures of 16-year-old Erin (Saoirse-Monica Jackson), her school-friends and ‘the wee English fella’.

What we get is a pitch-perfect depiction of teenage friends dealing with all the normal adolescent issues — as well as the Troubles.

For starters, the dialogue pretty much nails how we all feel about standing out at that age when Clare (Nicola Coughlan), says, “Well, I am not being individual on me own”, after realising she’s the only one wearing a denim jacket to school. It screams the 1990s from the clothes to the soundtrack, and if we had to pick a fictional school crew to hang out with, they would be top of the class.




Fortunately, there's no shame in living vicariously through your favourite imagined teenagers and their exciting over-the-top lives, which is why we loved another stateside classic with beautifully sculpted teen faces and a stunning zip code.

Again, they didn't represent us with our dodgy perms (except maybe Andrea) or our lack of dress sense (except maybe Steve) but it did also have first loves, peer pressure and school stress - something we could all relate to.






wHAT with the acne and hair growing in strange places, we all know growing up is hard to do. Add to that falling in love with the walking dead and you've got yourself quite the dilemma - and some nasty love bites.

Enter Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) - the ultimate stake-wielding heroine who saved the world with her retrofitted Scooby Gang. A lot. When she wasn't busy banishing bloodsuckers, the chosen one managed to fall for, not one, but two vampires, Angel (David Boreanaz) and Spike (James Marsters) - the girl obviously had a type.




IF you want your typical boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy finds girl again formula - this is not it.

It's a dark and creepy coming-of-age with a Bonnie-and-Clyde-meets-Thelma & Louise vibe as it follows James (Alex Lawther), a 17-year-old outsider and self-diagnosed psychopath plotting to murder Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a foul-mouthed classmate.

When the two teenage misfits decide to leave their quiet suburb to traverse the English countryside in a stolen car, James soon finds that the bond between them is stronger than his urge to kill - which for Alyssa is good, for the many cats he killed before, well, not so good.

After a ridiculous series of mishaps and some inner dialogue gold, you can't help but fall a little in love with this darkly compelling journey of self-discovery and confusion.




Although the plot took place in the late 1960s and early '70s, the excruciating woes of school and dating proved timeless in this '80s smash which ran for six seasons.

It primarily focuses on Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), and is accompanied by the narration of an older Kevin as we are brought back to the many firsts of his adolescence - from his first real relationship to his eventual heartbreak (we're looking at you, Winnie Cooper).

While we still may not be over the outcome of Kevin and Winnie's love story (spoiler alert: they go their separate ways), we loved them and their innocence all the same.




Providing a new look at the lives of teenagers, Skins showed the grittier side of adolescence.

From bullying to sexuality and mental illness, it was risqué, woke and everything we needed in the early 00s. While our slick American counterparts offered us escapism, the Bristol gang gave us reality - students who drank a lot, slept with each other, went to parties and smoked weed.

It's easy to see that this hedonistic tale was written for teens by teens.




Let's be honest here, we're all basically just winging it through this period of our life, no one actually knows what they're doing and all the while trying to fit in - Jesus, it was exhausting.

Which is why Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones pretty much nailed it for Irish viewers playing clever, sensitive and awkward teenagers Connell and Marianne. From the clumsy sex to the longing stares, it superbly expresses the angst of young romance and most definitely Irish romance. The on-again, off-again relationship between two perfectly captured the pleasure and pain of first love.

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