Long gone are the days where TV couples would signal that they were about to get it on with a cute little wink. Even before that, a man and a woman weren’t allowed to be shown sleeping in the same bed. Now, shows like Game of Thrones and The Americans are increasingly pushing the boundaries when it comes to portraying sex on cable television. What a time to be alive. Of course, we can’t expect the same kind of nastiness when it comes to broadcast television, as these networks trade in adult content in favour of a larger audience. Networks like ABC have to comply with FCC censorship rules, otherwise they will have to pay hefty fines. Even worse, they might alienate viewers, which could cause advertisers to pull out (pun not intended, but definitely noticed).
We also don’t see the same level of action on the traditional sitcom: a comedy, 30 minutes in length, which focuses on the same set of characters, usually in one particular environment. Part of the reason for this is that these sitcoms are on networks that are governed by the censorship rules mentioned above. However, there have been a few instances where sitcoms have surprised us with several particularly hot and heavy scenes, much to our enjoyment. We have compiled a list of some of the most shocking, hot and groundbreaking scenes for you. Right here, right now.
15 A Presidential Pounding, Veep
One of the reasons why we put Veep on this list is because, unlike the majority of shows on television, especially when it comes to sitcom TV, it shows that women over 50 can still get down and dirty and be hot while doing it. Selina (played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus), president of the United States, does whoever she wants, whenever she wants it, including her ex-husbands and sometimes with the use of phone sex. And she does it completely unforgivingly, without being thought of as unfavourable (unlike Samantha from Sex and the City). In this particularly steamy scene, she takes the vice president to bed, Tom James (Hugh Laurie), despite all of the conflict between them. The scene is equal parts hilarious and steamy. You will have to check it out for yourself if you don’t believe us.
14 The Firefighter Fantasy, Sex and the City
Sex and the City is credited with being one of those series to show that women can enjoy sex just as men can. Naturally, a show of this nature, a show that has sex in its very name, is going to have a lot in its arsenal of hot and steamy scenes. When it comes to the hottest scene, though, it is Samantha Jones’ (Kim Cattrall) rendezvous with a firefighter that takes the cake. Men and women have many fantasies and for Samantha, it is being with a man who clearly knows how to handle a hose that is hers. She screams like a fire truck through the entire thing, so you know it must have been good. Spoiler: a lot of positions are also involved in this particular scene.
13 Getting Down And Dirty, Looking
The sadly departed Looking, courtesy of HBO, is now off the air but even in its short running time, the show managed to take itself in a direction that relatively few shows on television ever have, specifically when it came to their depiction of two gay men partaking in the act. One particularly steamy scene, which involved Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Kevin (Russel Tovey), is very sensual and particularly intimate as Patrick finally gives in to the buildup of tension with his boss.
12 The Nurse Fantasy, Scrubs
A woman in a nurse’s outfit is a classic male fantasy come true (the fireman fantasy might be the female equivalent). In season two of the show, Dr. Christopher Turk, played by Donald Faison, has a not-so-nice dream about Dr. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke). The scene is a very steamy and involves Elliot seducing Turk and then proceeding to spank her, complete with high heels and smacking bubble gum while Marvin Gaye's “Let’s Get It On” plays in the background (indeed, the song choice was very appropriate).
11 Doggy Style, Modern Family
10 Ménage à Trois, Entourage
9 The Accidental Slip, The Mindy Project
When it comes to network TV, sex is generally hinted at due to its “primetime” slot on television. That was certainly the case in 2014’s episode of The Mindy Project, titled “I Slipped,” with the episode discussing the implications of a man “slipping” into the backdoor. Do we need to say more? The episode has since been considered a "historic moment" for broadcast TV as it was the first time an*l has ever been depicted on broadcast television. Indeed, the topic was so risque that the show never actually explicitly mentions the act, it simply meanders around the topic with Mindy making comments like “My office only has one entrance, and I don’t think that’s enough for you anymore.” At the end of the day, this episode tried to normalize more of a taboo topic for which we give credit.
8 Raw And Groundbreaking, Queer as Folk
As we roll on with our shocking and hot scenes list, how could we not include television's first-ever explicit depiction of two gay men. Queer as Folk came out guns blazing in the very first episode of the show. The show sees Brian (portrayed by Gale Harold) and Justin (Randy Harrrison) get down and dirty for a casual night of fun after the two meet in a bar, in a monumental moment for television. And to think that this scene was only 16 years ago! The scene wasn’t tame, let us just say that. We saw sex for exactly what it was: raw and uncensored, tongue in places it had never gone before, all on television. Viewers ended up getting exactly what they wanted from the highly anticipated show. It even cast actors who are gay in real life.
7 Dining On The Back Patio, Girls
Lena Dunham is queen of taking television into uncharted territory. In fact, this particular scene has to be one of the most explicit sex scenes in a sitcom, ever. Allow us to explain: the scene features Marnie, played by Allison Williams, on the receiving end of some backdoor tongue action, if you catch our drift.
Yes, Girls is known for its seemingly gratuitous millennial sex, but its creator, Dunham, stands by her decision to portray a less glamorous and more realistic side of sex. In fact, she insists the sex scenes on Girls aren’t gratuitous at all and that every scene is necessary to the development of the characters.
6 Sexaphone, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
5 Basically A Softy, Californication
A show whose premise surrounds that of sex addict Hank Moody is likely going to have a lot of hot scenes up its sleeve. Indeed, the show has been labelled as being “soft p***.” Californication, featuring David Duchovny, is no exception. We couldn’t pick just one steamy scene due to the sheer volume of nasty scenes to choose from. From the pilot episode wherein underage sex is had (shocking!) to oral with a nun in a church, to slow backdoor, to threesomes, all of it is explicit, raunchy and never censored. The show covers other highly explicit topics, including toys, dolls, solicitation and more.
4 Neon Green 'Toys', Broad City
3 Scissor Me Timbers, South Park
2 So Much Girl Love, Orange is the New Black
1 Racist Romp, Curb Your Enthusiasm
First, let us get this out of the way: we love Larry David. Larry David is king. But watching Larry David get down and dirty, bless him, is not necessarily what comes to mind when we picture “hot scenes.” However, this scene is definitely one you won’t believe was on sitcom TV, perhaps for other reasons than simply being too steamy. Prepare yourself, as it is shocking. And deeply inappropriate. And highly offensive. It turns out that Larry David is doing it with an anti-Semite. How do we know this? Well, Shara, in the middle of the act, squeals, “I’m going to f-- the Jew out of you.” Hypothetically, this should have been enough for Larry David to end the rendezvous, but as he says later: “The penis doesn’t care about race, creed and colour. The penis wants to get to its homeland.”
The episode was certainly creative, using a carnal act as a vessel to discuss the relationship between Palestine and Israel. While some claimed the episode to be groundbreaking, others called it racist and perpetuating stereotypes.
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