Heartstopper: Season One
April 24, 2022 8:27 PM - Season 1 (Full Season) - Subscribe

Teens Charlie and Nick discover their unlikely friendship might be something more as they navigate school and young love in this coming-of-age series.

Heartstopper is a lovely series about queer teenagers coming out to themselves, their friends and their families - and it's so tender and heartfelt and there is more magic in some minor moments than some TV shows can create in whole episodes.

Based on a webcomic and - later - a graphic novel by Alice Oseman; she was first published at 17 and now creator of her own TV series at 27!

The show avoids the cliche melodrama I associate with most high school drama series. People actually communicate in an open and healthy way! Nothing is dragged out just to squeeze out more drama! The episodes are short, sweet and so wholesome. I binged this in one evening.
posted by crossoverman (21 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I can't recommend this series enough! Here's the original comic, still free for viewing.
posted by khedron at 1:05 AM on April 25, 2022 [6 favorites]

this show repairs broken hearts
posted by thegirlwiththehat at 1:12 AM on April 25, 2022 [4 favorites]

I love the webcomic--I'll definitely have to check this out!
posted by velvet_n_purrs at 9:32 AM on April 25, 2022 [1 favorite]

Can't recommend this enough. My 13-year-old femme-ish non-binary kid binged the books and then we watched the series over two evenings. It's like a warm blanket for queer kids, and still enjoyable by adults who are not assholes.
posted by Ben Trismegistus at 10:31 AM on April 27, 2022 [3 favorites]

The webcomic/graphic novels were discussed previously on the Blue!
posted by invokeuse at 7:49 PM on April 30, 2022 [2 favorites]

This is so dang cute!!! I am obessed!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:36 PM on May 4, 2022 [3 favorites]

Looking at the webcomic now - they really translated the material to screen with amazing accuracy.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 12:48 PM on May 4, 2022 [3 favorites]

I decided to give this a watch since I remember reading the comic as the author posted it to Tumblr and then participated in the Kickstarter for Volume 1.

This was such a sweet show and it was clearly lovingly adapted from the webcomic. The casting choices are really superb. Anyone who enjoyed the comic, will definitely like the show I think.

It is a little dose of sweetness that I really enjoyed. Hopefully it gets a second season.
posted by Julnyes at 8:46 AM on May 11, 2022 [1 favorite]

This made me so happy to watch.
posted by fruitslinger at 6:53 PM on May 16, 2022

I love both the comic and the show so much. I can't wait for the next seasons to come out.
posted by blueberry monster at 10:42 AM on May 30, 2022

Netflix also released a blooper reel, worth watching just for the part when Olivia Coleman forgets her lines while filming the scene where Nick comes out, then tells the actor playing Nick, "I just got all overwhelmed by your little face!" <333
posted by amarynth at 11:20 AM on June 3, 2022 [2 favorites]

I'm a middle-aged bi woman and I watched this for the first time on Friday. Today is Monday and I have watched the whole series beginning to end 3 times and my favorite moments countless times. I am legit obsessed. What an incredibly sweet, wholesome and uplifting show just in general, and what a joy to watch joyful LGBT experiences on screen. There are so many movies/shows that focus on the pain and the dark side of the LGBT experience, and that's certainly an important aspect, but this - which also includes basically the best-case scenario coming out experience - is also incredibly important.

I don't know if it's middle age or the pandemic or what, but more and more I appreciate feel-good TV shows/movies that aren't saccharine. It's a difficult balance to strike and I'm so glad every time there's a new worthy addition. I loved this SO much.
posted by widdershins at 9:10 AM on June 13, 2022 [2 favorites]

If there's anyone else watching who has fallen in love with Heartstopper and wants to get deeper into it, there's a ton of works on Archive of Our Own (most tv works are also tagged with comic so this is the most complete set). And if you're interested in discords, I have invite links, memail me if you want one. I know watching the show (repeatedly) wasn't enough for me.
posted by blueberry monster at 10:02 AM on June 13, 2022

We just watched the first episode of this last night. This is so wonderful! I adore Charlie. Agree with the comments about how this is just tremendously sweet but also genuine and not over-the-top in any way.
posted by obfuscation at 12:12 PM on December 19, 2022

Binged the heck out of this yesterday and adored it, despite being very much over mainstream high school presentations. I'd binged and sobbed at the webcomic from the link above last spring but had forgotten Elle was trans; did I miss something or did that revelation come very late in the season, 15 minutes into episode 7 of 8, when Elle casually said to Tao about Harry, "Surprise, he's transphobic as well"? Of course it made her switching schools more understandable but I'm wondering if I missed an earlier indication of her trans identity.

If so, it's cool; it was wonderful to come to know and love her as a character and *then* find out she was also a trans teen woman (Yasmin Finney, too!). After that brief conversational reveal I noticed the show put her in clothing that somewhat more directly showed her body in the last 45 min of the season, perhaps as a way to reinforce the quick nod. I hope her trans identity is explored more next season.

The actors were wonderful, the writing was wonderful, the goofy animated stars and sparks and birds were wonderful, my aching tears at a sweet portrayal of queer teen love were wonderful...just all around a very sweet and beautiful show that made me feel less icky about signing up for transphobe-supporting Netflix for a month to catch up on the good stuff as opposed to the utter shit they also sponsor.
posted by mediareport at 10:37 AM on January 2, 2023

did I miss something or did that revelation come very late in the season

I don't remember what made it clear but my memory is that it was from pretty early on. Maybe because it was clear she used to go to their all-boys school?
posted by trig at 4:30 PM on January 2, 2023 [1 favorite]

Oh, duh! I'm dense sometimes and missed that clear implication. So ridiculous lol.
posted by mediareport at 7:40 AM on January 3, 2023

but had forgotten Elle was trans; did I miss something or did that revelation come very late in the season

I don't remember the episode precisely, but early on when most of the gang is eating outside, Tao comes out with apple juice that he accidentally bought for Elle, again. They talk about how it's better that she's at the girls school now instead of here and can you believe that [that one teacher] still refused to use her name (implication that he used her birth name instead).

And then in the birthday party episode, Nick recognizes Elle from one of his old classes, starts to say something and Charlie cuts him off before he can accidentally say Elle's old name out loud by telling him what Elle's name is now. Charlie explains that she transferred to the girls school, Nick nods and says hi.

The gang also checks in with Elle at movie night and via texts about the new school and is she making friends, that sort of thing. But mostly after the previous setup. Each of them was probably two or three sentences, so easy to miss if you weren't picking up on trans clues. (And Elle's outfits are actually pretty neat every time she's not in her school uniform. Worth looking at when she's at movie night or going to the school concert too. She's clearly into fashion, though it's hard to say if she makes her own clothes like in the comic.)
posted by blueberry monster at 9:05 AM on January 3, 2023 [2 favorites]

This was great. I assume the Charlie actor will play a young Stephen Morris in some upcoming New Order bandbiopic, so it is great that he already knows drums.
posted by snofoam at 4:15 PM on February 3, 2023

This show is, like, relentlessly charming.
posted by kyrademon at 11:52 AM on February 1 [1 favorite]

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