As seen with: Aleksa Palladino and Lisa Joyce, Boardwalk Empire; Jessica Capshaw and Sara Ramirez, Grey's Anatomy; Lucy Lawless and Jaime Murray, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

While TV's gay male couples, like Modern Family's Cam and Mitchell, keep their sexuality cryogenically frozen for future generations, the appearance of a lesbian couple pretty much guarantees a steamy sex scene is in order.

Anyone who thinks that Girls, Scandal, and the precious few other female-skewing shows on the air is a sign that the male gaze has been subdued doesn't need to look too far to see that they are wrong. From the premium cable T&A of Spartacus to network shows like Grey's Anatomy, lesbian sexuality on TV is little more than the stuff of male fantasy. We're looking forward to the day when we see a lesbian couple that has a sex life that resembles Home Improvement more than it does Jersey Shore.