Sex/Life's Creator Explains Why Netflix And Star Sarah Shahi Are So Vital To The Show's Success
She's not wrong.
The summer of 2021 was a special one for Netflix subscribers who like watching spicy tales about love. It was late June of that year when we were gifted with the wildness of Sex/Life Season 1, and all the shocks of its cliffhanger ending. The show was immediately popular and kept viewers talking for weeks, to the point where people had been dying to know not only when the drama would return, but who leading lady Billie would end up with by the end of Season 2. Now that the show’s back, and it’s once again struck some major chords with fans, we know why the creator thinks that Netflix and star Sarah Shahi are so vital to its success.
What Did Sex/Life’s Creator Say About Why Netflix Is Important To The Series?
By now, everyone knows that pretty much whatever genre of TV show/movie you want to watch can be found on the grandaddy of streaming services. It’s home to bingeable series, from established, hard-hitting crime dramas like Breaking Bad and new fantasy favorites like Wednesday, to dating shows like Love Is Blind, and everything else in between. Sex/Life creator Stacy Rukeyser recently spoke with CinemaBlend’s Laura Hurley at SCAD TVfest in Atlanta, and opened up about why Netflix has been important for the show, saying:
Fans of the show (which is based on the B. B. Easton book, 44 Chapters About 4 Men), know all too well that at least 40% of what we see Billie, Sasha, Cooper, and Brad get up to wouldn’t be allowed if it were on, say, ABC. The series is very sexually explicit and features a lot of nudity, not to mention including some types of sexytimes that are way more adventurous than what one might even see on premium cable.
On top of that, most of us TV lovers also realize that it’s still rare for a show to focus on a female protagonist, especially one as messy as Billie. The whole premise of Season 1 centered on her trying to figure out what she wanted after realizing how bored she was with her married life in quiet Connecticut, and having the main focus of her world turn to mothering her young children. She makes lots of mistakes (which continued into Sex/Life Season 2) and may have angered some viewers with her choices, but no one can say that she didn’t fully embrace her journey.
What Did Sex/Life’s Creator Say About Sarah Shahi’s Importance To The Series?
Speaking about Billie, it’s hard not to talk about star Sarah Shahi, who brings the character to life. Rukeyser also praised what she’s brought to the table, and noted:
It really is good to know that so many people who are involved with the series are fully on board with trying to make sure that women’s viewpoints are shown on screen more often, and I think many fans would agree that it comes across in the finished product.
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