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The Only Thing Bringing Me Joy Right Now Is ‘Heartstopper’ — Netflix’s New Gay Teen Drama

Bombs are blasting over Ukraine in a pointless war waged by Vladimir Putin of Russia. COVID isn’t over yet, more than two years after it started. Politicians and judges are trouncing women’s rights in a power grab that is challenging Roe v. Wade’s 49 years of precedent.

And I arrived home from Hawaii — where I spent winter with my family — to stormy clouds of doom hovering over Chicago. At one point there were 42 days in a row without sunshine in Chicago. That’s not good for my seasonal affective disorder (SAD). And I am struggling with depression right now.

But there’s one ray of light I can count on this spring — “Heartstopper.”

“Heartstopper” is the kind of show that makes you feel tingly all over. I’m a sucker for coming of age stories and I’m one big softie, but I don’t think I’m alone. The romantic British teen drama has scored 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“There are some TV series so sweet, so joyous and so wonderful that the mere mention of them can make you smile. Netflix’s ‘Heartstopper’ is one of those shows,” writes USA Today.

“It’s hard to be a human in the year 2022, and so we all need our little treats. Mine, this past month, was Heartstopper,” says TIME.

I couldn’t agree more.

“Heartstopper” is fun and escapist. It is literally a fairy tale that follows the lives of teenagers Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) and Nick Nelson (Kit Connor) as they frolic their way through high school from secret crush to boyfriendhood. The story is based on the graphic novel of the same name.

Charlie is a bookish 15-year-old gay boy and drummer in the school band who is out of the closet both to his family and classmates. He’s not popular. He meets Nick, a closeted bisexual rugby player who rolls with the “cool” crowd and invites

Family joy romance

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Bombs are blasting over Ukraine in a pointless war waged by Vladimir Putin of Russia. COVID isn’t over yet, more than two years after it started. Politicians and judges are trouncing women’s rights in a power grab that is challenging Roe v. Wade’s 49 years of precedent.
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