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    ‘Sex Education’ will return for a second season

    Asa Butterfield (left) and Emma Mackey in the Netflix series “Sex Education.”
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    Asa Butterfield (left) and Emma Mackey in the Netflix series “Sex Education.”

    I’ve gone on a bit in these pages about the British Netflix comedy “Sex Education,” which is a warm series about a wise but inexperienced 16-year-old boy and his sex therapist mother. The boy is played by Asa Butterfield, who broke through as a child in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” and the Martin Scorsese movie “Hugo,” and his mother is played by Gillian Anderson.

    Netflix has just announced that it will bring the show back for a second season, which, like the first, will be eight episodes. I am relieved; it has been a while since a teen series moved me as much as “Sex Education.” For all the sex humor, it’s still a humane series about the insecurities of the teen years, with a cast that shines. Ncuti Gatwa as the gay best friend and Emma Mackey as the sympathetic bad girl are both standouts.

    According to Netflix, the show, created by Laurie Nunn, has been one of the streaming service’s most popular recent originals.

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    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.