‘Sex/Life’ review: Sarah Shahi stars in a steamy but beyond-silly Netflix drama where the choice is sex or marriage

Motivated by the book “44 Chapters About 4 Men” by BB Easton, the eight-episode series functions Shahi (last seen on “Person of Interest”) as Billie Connelly, relatively living a life of rural happiness with her 2 children and Adonis-like partner, Cooper (Mike Vogel), a budding Master of deep space (in author Tom Wolfe’s literary coinage) whose profession has actually taken precedence over her own.

Looks aside, Cooper has actually ended up being an individual of little interest (a mini-Cooper, if you will) in their marital bed, triggering Billie to start thinking back and daydreaming about her carefree, club-hopping youth as a single gal in Manhattan with pal Sasha (Margaret Odette), who’s still living that life while advising Billie how great she has it.

Billie, nevertheless, is less persuaded, believing a lot about previous partner Brad (Adam Demos), an Australian sex god/record executive with whom she took pleasure in soul-shattering, suspenseful, gauzy-montage-worthy encounters, even composing a journal detailing their trysts that her partner, naturally, discovers.

Nor does Brad stay strictly a fantasy of Billie’s past, returning into her orbit in an unanticipated manner in which tests her duplicated persistence about how pleased she is and what a fantastic life she and Cooper have actually constructed together.

Sarah Shahi and Adam Demos in 'Sex/Life' (Courtesy of Netflix).
Under the stewardship of manufacturer Stacy Rukeyser (whose credits consist of the underappreciated “UnReal”), “Sex/Life” removes in all type of absurd instructions afterwards, leaving one of 2 options: accept the program on its crazy terms, like the sexual variation of a “Fast and Furious” motion picture, or take a look at what else is trending.

The idea really may work much better if everybody wasn’t so notably stunning, strengthening a sense that the objective is less to connect to these characters — and this most current made-for-TV variation of a desperate homemaker — than just to ogle them.

Given, that push-the-envelope method has actually worked prior to in regards to gathering attention, and “Sex/Life” — with the title’s either/or ramifications — may run for some audiences as the TELEVISION equivalent of a trashy summertime read, those books with airbrushed shirtless excellence enhancing the cover. It’s a method premium networks have actually attempted regularly, typically with combined outcomes.

Yet whatever fundamental facts the program checks out — marital relationship is hard, the magic/romance fades, etc. — get eclipsed by the wanton silliness. The risible subplots vary from the narrow-minded mommies in Billie’s social circle to Cooper’s work characteristics, that include an employer (Li Jun Li) who takes a look at him the method kids eye an ice-cream cone.

In general, chalk up “Sex/Life” as another among those series where individuals in it — as angst-ridden as they may be — look magnificent and act unpleasant. And even with that, unless you’re truly excited to inspect your brain at the door, they seem having more enjoyable than you’re apt to have viewing it.

“Sex/Life” premieres June 25 on Netflix.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.