I enjoyed Heartstopper, though I knew going in it'd be more of a Tracy Beaker affair. Watched it all pretty quick, and I think I enjoyed the secondary cast much more than the leads. Despite everyone doing their gig well.
Though, it was a strong exercise in the 'queer people are normal, just like [straight] you' like 'Love, Simon/Victor' before it and I'm always gonna have my reservations about that. But the source material is in a similar place.
The overzealous urge to follow that path typically makes for very flat/hollow personalities and certainly some characters just lacked a lot of dimension. I feel like kids could really benefit from seeing more developed, complicated personalities in their representation (this doesn't mean melodrama/grit or whatever Elite/Euphoria is doing, mind you). The lead's personality went as far as 'I'm nice and would like a boyfriend' which... eh.
But Elle and Tao's relationship and story was very sweet. They did a great job with Elle's character. And I didnt realise there would be so much queer rep going in. It was also nice that they cut to the chase on Nick discovering his sexuality. I'm used to the Degrassi slow burn, so it was a cute change of pace.