It takes only two minutes into Heartstopper’s series premiere for high schooler Charlie Spring (Joe Locke) to lock eyes with his new deskmate, Nick Nelson (Kit Connor). 

The meet-cute takes place under soft sunlight glow, with pastel-colored animated leaves fluttering between them.

They exchange sweet smiles, a “hi,” and bam, a crush is born, at least for Charlie.

An openly gay teen, he’s recovering from being bullied after coming out the previous year,

with no idea if seemingly straight rugby player Nick could ever reciprocate his feelings.

Heartstopper aces this portrayal of the bashful hope and gutting anxiety that accompanies young love.

But the show isn’t just aimed at an adolescent crowd. After all, who hasn’t experienced extreme heart palpitations at age 15 while crossing paths with their crush?

Charlie and Nick’s friendship-turned-romance is handled with jittery excitement and extreme care.

Much like Alice Oseman’s graphic novel and webcomic, her TV adaptation is a proponent of tender LGBTQ

romances and non-stereotypical characters in the midst of self-discovery.

Heartstopper TV Series