Sex Education season 4: Release date, cast, plot, and more

Ncuti Gatwa in Sex Education season 4
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Sex Education season 4 marks the end of an era. It's the final installment of the hit Netflix show, and lots has changed. There's a new school, new characters, and new relationships to contend with – as well as a rival on-campus sex therapist for Otis to deal with. Plus, Maeve is studying in the US, Eric is facing new challenges in his personal life, and Adam's dropped out of school… And that's just the start of it.

Whether you're getting ready to press play on the new season for the first time or settling in for a rewatch, we've got your complete guide to Sex Education season 4. From our verdict on the latest installment to a recap of the plot, everything you need to return to Moordale is right here. 

Sex Education season 4 episode count

Gillian Anderson and Asa Butterfield in Sex Education season 4

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There are eight episodes in total in Sex Education season 4, which were all released on September 21, 2023. While most of the episodes clock in at around an hour, the season finale has a runtime of 83 minutes.

Sex Education season 4 review

Ncuti Gataw and Asa Butterfield in Sex Education

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Our Sex Education season 4 review gave the season three stars, praising the arcs of certain beloved characters but critiquing a sugary sweet finale that wrapped things up a little too neatly.

"While the series should have wrapped with season 3, there's enough humor and love left in Sex Education to make this new season a journey worth taking."

Sex Education season 4 cast 

Alistair Petrie and Connor Swindells in Sex Education season 4

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The Sex Education season 4 cast saw some pretty big changes since the end of season 3, with several confirmed exits including Simone Ashley (Olivia), Patricia Allison (Ola), and Tanya Reynolds (Lily).

There are still plenty of familiar faces to be found in season 4, though. Asa Butterfield is back as Otis, with Gillian Anderson returning as Otis' sex therapist mother, Jean. Series regulars Emma Mackey (Maeve), Ncuti Gatwa (Eric), Connor Swindells (Adam), Aimee Lou Wood (Aimee), Kedar Williams-Stirling (Jackson), Dua Saleh (Cal), Mimi Keene (Ruby), Chinenye Ezeudu (Viv), and George Robinson (Isaac) also made a comeback, along with Alistair Petrie and Samantha Spiro as Adam's parents, Michael and Maureen. 

Plus, Schitt's Creek star Dan Levy joined the cast as author and professor Thomas Molloy, who's teaching Maeve over in the US, and Lisa McGrillis joins as Jean's sister Joanna. A new school also means new students, with Cavendish College's cohort being played by Anthony Lexa (Abbi), Felix Mufti (Roman), Alexandra James (Aisha), and Thaddea Graham (O).

Sex Education season 4 exclusive insight 

Emma Mackey in Sex Education season 4

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Ahead of the season 4 premiere, GamesRadar+ spoke to the show's intimacy coordinator David Thackeray about his work on the show. "What's great about this show is that they have completely brought on the intimacy coordinating role as a head of department," he told us. "It's implemented from the get-go, it's not questioned… The best thing about Sex Education is these intimate scenes serve a purpose."

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I’m an Entertainment Writer here at GamesRadar+, covering everything film and TV-related across the Total Film and SFX sections. I help bring you all the latest news and also the occasional feature too. I’ve previously written for publications like HuffPost and i-D after getting my NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism.