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Here's Why "Sex Education" Looks So American, Even Though It Is British

Why does it look so American?! Isn't this supposed to be the UK?!?!

So by now you have been probably watching Sex Education, the smart, quirky and warm-hearted British sitcom about the fun world of sexual intercourse.

But watching as a fellow British citizen (doffs cap,) there are some things that strike me as a bit weird. For example, our secondary schools do not tend to have logos like this.

Nor do we have lockers and hallways that look like this.

We do not have schools that have grounds like this.

Our sports teams do not wear Letterman jackets.

This cafeteria look is wrong wrong wrong wrong wrong.

Also, in my school nobody used trays during school lunch. We did have trays, but using them was considered uncool. Instead, we just carried the just-out-of-the-dishwasher-hot plate in our hands, loaded with food, which burnt them.

Anyway, I have gone into much detail about the weird American feel of Sex Education. But it's not just me. A lot of people have noticed this.

Is this Sex Education show on Netflix set in an alternative dimension? It's England but looks like America and it's 2018 but looks like the 80s 😂

I really love this new series sex education but the aesthetic doesn’t work. Set in a British high school but no one wears uniforms and has school logos like America😅😅

Well, here's some ANSWERS. In an interview with the Radio Times, Gillian Anderson, who stars as Dr Jean F. Milburn in the show, explained why they have done this American-British thing: "There is a bit of both worlds, decidedly, in the series, and the aim and the hope is that Americans won’t notice."

Jamie Campbell, the show's executive producer, went into a bit more detail, telling the BBC's Media Show: "One of the really important things to the initial concept was that this would be a show that was aspirational."

Another question you have probably asked if you have watched this (especially if you are British):

Where. On. Earth. Is. Sex. Education. Set?

It was filmed around Newport in Wales, but it appears that none of the students have a Welsh accent.

When Netflix was asked about this, a spokesperson told BuzzFeed: "It was filmed in Wales, but the show is set in the fictitious town of 'Moordale' in South West UK."

But that doesn't clear it up. As a person who has frequently visited the South West of the UK (my parents are from Dorset, my entire youth was spent in traffic jams on the M5, I once got sick from eating too many Cornish pasties), Sex Education doesn't particularly look like that area.

The show's Asa Butterfield (Otis) has given some explanation in an interview with the AP. He said: "It is this kind of Nowheresville. We don’t say where it is and it’s got these rolling hills and these people dress a bit like they’re from the '80s."