Do you enjoy flipping through the channels whenever you want to relax or choose the kind of content you want to watch depending on your mood? In previous times, there were very few channels and all the shows on TV had to be suitable for all audiences because the viewer’s choices were limited and people used to watch TV as a family. Therefore, the different stations would make a deliberate effort to sieve through everything and edit out what they thought would offend the masses because they did not want to lose their licenses.
Today, TV is completely different from what it used to be because there are numerous TV stations and the numbers of shows out there are innumerable. This has caused shows and networks to try to gain viewership over the competition, and this means looking for ways to be attractive and outside the box.
Nudity never used to be part of TV shows a few decades back; in fact programs would not even show a married couple in bed together let alone have any of them making out in front of the camera. What has changed? Are people taking nudity and sex so lightly that they would not mind displaying themselves for total strangers, family, and friends to watch as entertainment? Apparently, that is the case.
Here are shows that air on TV today that have excessive nudity, vulgar language, and explicit sexual content. Although a section of the population is expressing just how inappropriate the nudity and sex scenes are, the bigger population is loving it and causing the ratings of these shows to shoot through the roof. Here are the top 10 TV shows with the most on-screen nudity:
10. Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy‘s final season ended in 2014, and its last episode is what has many people, especially parents, complaining about the level of nudity and the sexual content therein. The TV series showed several couples engaging in sex, as a way to deal with the grief of losing a friend. The last season contained extreme violence with horrific murders including fork stabbings in the skull and depicting almost every major character having sex at one point or another. Most of the sex scenes and nudity in the series are almost what one would find in a pornographic movie, something that is definitely not suitable for all audiences.
9. Secret Diary of a Call Girl
This TV show is based on a series of books and a blog depicting the life of an escort, who remembers her sexual escapades with different clients. This series has featured many characters in some adult scenes, including threesomes, BDSM, adult baby role-play, and general nudity. Piper, who is the call girl in question, confesses that she cannot bear to watch some of the scenes and would not even want to watch her show with her father or brothers in the same room with her. When a show gets the star feeling uncomfortable about her character’s sexual behavior and nudity, then you know not to watch it with the young ones.
As the name suggests, this TV series and its actors are truly shameless. One of the very few teenage dramas to have characters completely naked and having sex, this show is honestly not meant for teenagers. The interesting thing with the show is that the nudity is meant to come out as a form of humor, a concept that can claim a big chunk of the rise in ratings over the years. When the show began there was not so much nudity, but over the years it has grown and become a central part of the series. Therefore, as the characters here become more famous with every show, their body parts seem to be gaining even more popularity.
The name of the TV show Californication speaks loads about what to expect when watching it. This show has extremely high sexual content and nudity, and many scenes have to be censored in many countries because it can at times become too much. One of the themes of this show is sexual addiction, and with that comes nudity and, of course, serious age restrictions. If a show goes to the extent of rubbing the religious section of society in such a way that they lobby for it to be removed from the screens, then it has undoubtedly crossed the line. The TV show continued despite the opposition, and towards the end, the nudity only became worse.
6. Masters of Sex
You do not need to be a genius to figure out that a TV show by the name Masters of Sex has a lot of sexual content in it, which is always tied together with nudity. The show is based around a gynecologist (William Masters) and his assistant, who expands their research along the lines of human sexuality and begins having sex with each other. Dr. Masters, who is a character living in the 1960s, ends up cheating on his wife and giving the show a level of nudity and sex that would make anyone ashamed to be caught watching. The show always seems to attract the attention of the media and other fans mainly due to its explicit sexual nature, making it unsuitable for general viewership.
5. Orange Is the New Black
Orange is the New Black is not a show to watch as a family, because of the level of explicit content therein. The show has grown in popularity so much over the past couple years, a trend that can be attributed to people complaining about the explicitness of its content, which includes nudity and sex scenes that leave little room for imagination. The show is based around a woman who is sent to prison and serves time alongside a lesbian who she previously had a relationship with. The problem is that the woman has a fiancé outside, and this makes the drama surrounding the whole affair complicated and interesting.
When you have a show where the producers keep getting warnings about how explicit their content is, then you know there is a serious sex and nudity problem with it. Girls is a show with the above reputation, and its content threatens HBO’s license. Some shows claim to have an acceptable level of nudity to give them a place on TV and have ways of justifying their claims; however, Girls is one show with little if any justification for its nudity. It is likely that a good number of people who watch this show do it just to watch the nudity as opposed to the acting abilities of the characters.
3. True Blood
True Blood is a TV show that has shocked audiences everywhere, owing to its high content of violence, sex, and of course nudity. True Blood is a show full of Vampires, and where there are vampires there is blood sucking and killing…and apparently nudity. True Blood has a mix of black comedy, horror, and Gothic fantasy, a recipe for restricting the younger members of the family from watching it. It is no surprise to find bondage, threesomes, orgies, same-sex relationships, and more in any of the episodes, all of which happen in environments full of nudity.
Spartacus might have a catchy storyline, which people might at times lose focus of because they more often than not are carried away by all the nudity and sex scenes. The justification for the excess nudity and sex for this show lies within its setting, assuming that back in the day in Ancient Roman people lived as it is depicted on Spartacus. It is easy to criticize the plot, creativity and originality of Spartacus but you cannot question the fact that the producers went out of their way to invest in the sex and nudity scenes more than most other shows. Just like all other shows on this list, you do not want to watch this with the younger or even older members of your family.
1. Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones belongs to a category of explicit nudity and shocking sex scenes that hardly other shows on TV can match up to it. It has a gripping storyline and hardly has vulgar speech, but that does not make it suitable for all ages. This show has some of the greatest numbers when it comes to viewership and piracy because people want to watch it or some specific scenes in it. This series has some of the best ratings on TV today, such that it even got to China but the heavy editing left the storyline wanting. As the show continues in its fourth season, there seems to be a deliberate intention from the producers to reduce the level of nudity. It seems pressure from audiences and even actors themselves is being felt, and hopefully it will get to a level where censoring will not be required.