One of Netflix’s best performing shows, Heartstopper was released to global audiences on the streaming platform in April. Ever since its release, the show has been garnering praise from all over, with reviewers calling it “the most likable show of the year” and “possibly the loveliest show on TV”.

Heartstopper differs from similar coming-of-age shows like Sex Education and Euphoria in one particular respect – it doesn’t take itself too seriously, nor does the searing storm and stress typically associated with this type of show take centre stage.

It is a breath of fresh air among other shows that centre on the queer experience of teens, which often tend to focus on the difficulties of coming out.