Just 20 years ago, this topic would be moot. Sex scenes in TV consisted of Bill and Claire Huxtable winking at each other. But over the past few years, as TV has enjoyed a golden era the likes of which it's never seen before, many of its previous boundaries have fallen away as well (these two developments are probably not mutually exclusive). We've come a long way from Dennis Franz's bare ass on NYPD Blue making headlines—now season premieres feature a bare ass on the receiving end of some trendy foreplay, fam.
But it's deeper than pay-cable shows merely running wild without an FCC chaperone. TV across all sub-genres, from HBO all the way down to ABC, has gotten, well, hotter. And more importantly, equality is at an all-time high. Sex scenes from a woman's perspective, same-sex scenes, Transparent...the landscape (whether network, cable, or Internet) is extremely lit on some Kinsey shit.
It's a markedly less prude world we're living in these days, and the gods behind your favorite series have been quick to respond. Suddenly, watching TV with the family is now a cause for a lot more uncomfortably awkward moments. And while the angry letters from lame parents keep pouring in, the wave shows no signs of stopping. Series like dearly departed Californication or True Blood, and American Horror Story are gaining reputations for wild sex that they try to top (sorry) with each passing season. Meanwhile the rise of Internet original series has created an even more lawless approach to censorship chill. It's a great time to be an adult watching TV, bruh. These are some of the best sex scenes to grace the tube in recent years.