It’s official! The reviews are in and Netflix’s sweet gay romance series has received a score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes…
Ever since Netflix announced that it would be bringing Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper to life, fans of the series have been itching to see it. The eight-episode series, based on Oseman’s Tumblr web-comic-turned-graphic-novel, started streaming the 30-minute installments on April 22 and since its debut the praise hasn’t stopped rolling in.
Heartstopper started out as a webcomic in 2016, before being turned into a YA graphic novel in 2018. There are currently four volumes out and a fifth and final instalment is due in the coming months. The show has been adapted from the first two volumes in the series and follows the blossoming romance between Charlie Spring (Joe Locke), who feels isolated from his classmates at an all-boys school in England because he is gay, and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor), a star player on the school’s rugby team. The two end up falling for each other after they sit next to each other at school.
Audiences are loving the tender new teen series and have praised the series for finally bringing teenage LGBTQ+ romance to the mainstream and for showing a genuinely heartwarming queer story, instead of a typical tragedy. The show has even earned the coveted (and incredibly rare) 100% score on Rotten Tomatoes.
Reviewers have praised the show’s feel, inclusivity and gentle power in its storytelling, with plaudits also coming for the performances of stars Locke and Connor, as well as the performances of co-stars Yasmin Finney, William Gao, Corinna Brown, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood, Sebastian Croft and Olivia Colman.
Additionally, Heartstopper has also been a hit on social media, with Variety reporting that engagement on Twitter in the days after its debut has been massive. The show has enjoyed 929,000 engagements on the platform, putting it straight at the top of the Variety‘s Trending TV chart for five consecutive weeks. So while we wait for confirmation on a second season, keep streaming and smiling.