AWith sunny days and the arrival of summer, Netflix is heating things up with a new romance series — but one that’s almost as well Sticky sweet. Scratch that, really-Heartstopper So cute. It’s perfect! I like this! It can do no wrong!
With a dedicated fan base praising it across social media, a Twi soundtrack burst straight from a 2010 Tumblr account, and two of the cutest youngsters playing the lead roles, Heartstopper Will, well, stop your heart. (And no, I won’t apologize for that corny pun.)
More realistically, it’ll leave your heart beating, spinning around and fluttering with joy, shattering into a million pieces, etc—all the weirdest Hallmark things—as Charlie (Joe Locke) recounts the epic highs and lows. Experiences -school football (in England it’s called “rugby”, I think). Charlie is gay, so dating at his all-boys school isn’t easy. Their first glimpse is actually of them, walking around the school and taking to Instagram DMs to express their feelings for each other. But it will not be made public.
That sadness lasts only a short while, which is one HeartstopperThe Charm: Even though Charlie faces a lot of Wallflower’s problems, he’s still very confident about being gay and has a real, thriving romance with another man. Enter Nick (Kit Connor), a sports bro who recruits Charlie for the rugby team. Nick isn’t just all pretty and charming enough to take Charlie’s breath away, there’s a fun twist with his character—but more on that later.
Their chemistry is jaw-dropping. Seriously: If you like rom-coms, coming-of-age, or really anything that falls under the “feel good” category of TV, Heartstopper There is a jam. Speaking of jams, there’s another round of applause for the music—for example, “Don’t Delete the Kiss” by Wolf Alice, Frankie Cosmos, Maggie Rogers, etc.—which manages to fit the project’s vibe. And Sounds like it was ripped straight from Charlie’s Spotify.
Alice Osman’s original webcomic, Heartstopper Has a crazy built up fan base. As the batch of eight episodes landed on Netflix, they arrived in huge numbers. but his fountain Heartstopper Lovers immediately took the series to the trending page of Twitter with support for the adaptation.
Fans are particularly impressed by the amount of series parallel to the webcomic, grateful that there was so much respect for its source material. Remember that pen explosion in episode 1? This is straight from the comic.
We’re not over the best part of the show yet, though. It comes in Episode 1, at the end of the first chapter of the show: Academy Award winner Olivia Colman makes a surprise appearance as Nick’s supportive mother. When I saw his face for the first time – talk about taking heart! (Again, I won’t apologize!)
Osman had the same reaction after Coleman joined the cast. “I really thought it was the stupidest idea ever,” Osman recalled when Coleman’s name was first mentioned. “I thought there was no way she would want to be a part of it or that some famous person would want to be a part of it. I was proven wrong!”
Heartstopper Fans immediately welcome Colman into their universe, celebrating her poignant scene later in the season—spoiler alert!—when she lovingly accepts her son after coming to her.
“Thank you #heartstopper for giving us Nick Nelson,” one user shared, “Thank you for letting us know myself, understand that he’s bi and ask his mother to hug him for and on his own terms in his time.”
Oh, and Joe Locke, who plays Nick, now has Coleman as his “informal mother-in-law” in her Instagram bio. Just one more addition to the sea of many reasons to love Heartstopper