For many of us, television is our gateway to the sounds and sights of sex. Perhaps you’re too scared to go near those daunting pornography sites, or you’re unable to access them on your parents’ computer. Whatever the case is, we’re curious. While many TV sex scenes are unnecessary and uncomfortable to watch, there are a few that stand above the rest. I don’t know if it’s the anticipation of not quite seeing everything, or being able to witness your favourite celebrities play out your fantasies in high production value, but it’s satisfying to see our cheekiest thoughts come to life. Here are some raunchy TV sex scenes that are sure to turn on any switch.
Spoilers ahead (duh)
Misfits—Alisha & Simon
At 14, this show was all the rage at my all-girls school. We shared a USB around, sheepishly saying it was just for the humour, not the graphic sex and violence. For those who aren’t caught up with the show, Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama where five young adults on community service develop strange superpowers after a freak storm. A scene I specifically remember replaying multiple times is Alisha and Simon’s first sexual tryst. The viewing of this is made even more sensual because Alisha, a promiscuous partygoer, had been unable to touch anyone without causing them to go into a sexual frenzy—except Simon. The pacing and song choice in this moment is just spot on too.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer—Buffy & Spike
A classic show spanning seven seasons gave us the feminist TV legend Buffy—played by blonde bombshell Sarah Michelle Gellar—who uses her supernatural strength to take down evil demons and… have sex with vampires? The iconic sex scene between Buffy and Spike sees their fighting turn to love-making in perhaps one of the most iconic moments in the show’s history. The long-running sexual tension between the two characters explodes, and the chemistry between them is so powerful that it manages to take down an entire building.
Now Apocalypse—Ulysses & Gabriel
There are way too many moments to choose from in this sexy, half-hour comedy series. But, the scene that spawned many steamy GIFs on Tumblr is the one we’ll be considering on this list today. It sees Ulysses and Gabriel, played by Avan Jogia and Tyler Posey, turn their first date into a heated moment down an alley. The mutual masturbation is so intoxicating to watch, especially with the good-looking leads. Sadly, the sexual explicitness of the show was not stimulating enough to hold an audience for a second season.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina—Witch Orgy
Apparently, many parents overlooked the MA 15+ rating of this show and were shocked to see the darker, hypersexualised version of the comic book series.
Whether or not you agree you can get away with erotic teen storylines with adult-age actors, the orgy scene is an undoubtedly steamy minute of television.
Tales of the City—Michael & Ben/Shawna, Eli & Inka
This ground-breaking LGBTQIA+ inclusive franchise is a bit more heartfelt than the sexy-fantasy shows I’ve mentioned so far. The first portrayal of sexual intercourse has a fun, yet fast, pace to it—crossing between Michael and Ben, to the trio of Eli, Inka and Shawna. When a grinning Ben says to Michael, ‘stop talking about trivia night and let me fuck you,’ it just lingers with you. Ugh. Yes, please.
Sexually-charged scenes and an exceptionally good-looking cast make up about 90% of this teen drama series. My favourite ship? Cheryl and Toni (known to fans as Choni) hands down. There are countless YouTube compilations of their romance, but as for the best sex scene, that would have to be in the episode American Dreams. Initially, the two are mad at each other, however, their anger quickly subsides when Toni unzips Cheryl’s jacket. The couple then
While many of these glamorous depections of sex have been permanently saved to the spank bank, I have to admit this list shouldn’t be considered as prime examples of intamacy. For one, the volatile relationship between Buffy and Spike isn’t much of a turn on when you’re given a bit more context about their history on the show. Also, women don’t have to wear lingerie all the time. And finally, do you ever see anyone in these shows reaching for some wet wipes after they’re done? No? I didn’t think so.
Words by Chloe Cannell
This piece was originally published in Edition 30.