Sex, Love & Goop season 1 review – an empathetic experience

By Romey Norton
Published: October 21, 2021 (Last updated: December 16, 2023)
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Netflix reality series Sex, Love & Goop season 1


Marvel Alum Gwyneth Paltrow talks about sex and intimacy in this fresh, fun series.

Netflix reality series Sex, Love & Goop season 1 was released on the streaming service on October 21, 2021.

“Do you want me to put on the Iron Man suit?” is the joke Paltrow makes to her brave group of volunteers who are feeling slightly nervous about taking part in this series where, with their partners, they will explore and change their sex lives. 

Gwyneth Paltrow has been in the media for multiple reasons over the years, from the use of “jade eggs”, to the “This Smells Like My Vagina” Candle, (both of which are sold on her website Goop — if you’re interested) and now she has a series on the hit streaming service Netflix.  This series is being described as her 3rd act, which is implying this is the end; the final chapter of her career/life, but for me, I hope this series grows and there is more in the future. Sex, Love & Goop is worth watching and supporting; the vulnerability of couples opening up about their sex lives to cameras is empowering and for once we have a deep, meaningful sex show to watch. 

The structure is simple: symptoms, diagnosis, treatment. Focusing on the journey to an orgasm here is what is really informative and beautiful to see. In this series audiences can safely explore sexuality and sexual, erotic pleasures. Anything that may have been seen as taboo, weird, or would feel out of someone’s comfort zone is used in a safe space, breaking down any previous stereotypes. For example, with a paddle, you don’t have to forcefully smack that ass, just a little touch is enough. Slowing everything down and figuring out your partner is what is a good, fun focus in this series. 

What I really appreciate is the normalization of sex therapists and intimacy coaches. From watching the hit shows Sex Education and Grace and Frankie, I am glad that people are able to watch, talk and discuss sex at all ages. Whilst their advice to each couple is very similar, each couple, gay or straight, has some growing and learning to do about themselves; by looking at their own private parts, experimenting with toys, covering up when uncomfortable, boundaries, it all feels very relevant and honestly helpful. 

Paltrow is a kind, empathetic and curious host. I very much believe she cares about the couples and their sex lives. I was worried this series would be a promotion for her website, but it wasn’t. It’s an eye-opening exploration into how we define and discuss sex and intimacy. The cast are informative, classy and gentle with the volunteers. They also participate, which I think gives a new dimension and helped the volunteers feel at ease. Mostly shot at Goop headquarters, the production has a minimalist, soft-lit chic, very much as if you’re at a yoga retreat. They have built a safe, welcoming space, easy to watch.

There aren’t any parts that felt uncomfortable, cheesy or uneasy. I felt awakened, liberated and heard, as a woman. So I highly recommend this to anyone who is wanting to learn more about sex/sex with a partner. If you’re struggling with intimacy or feel as though you’ve lost a connection with your partner, this series could really help you. This series won’t be groundbreaking or anything new and exciting for anyone who doesn’t need or believe they need advice, however, there is always something to learn. 

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