We wish we could unsee 2020: All the TV sex scenes that looked too real
There was once a time when only HBO would depict sex scenes that seem real, leaving fans who desired a much more “intimate” brand of storytelling at the mercy of their television guide, frantically flipped through its pages to find Sex and the City’s weekly schedule.
Today, streaming has opened up an endless realm of possibilities as it pertains to realistic sex scenes in television where a variety of shows depict sex scenes so real looking you can’t help up but panic and quickly turn it off when you hear the sound of footsteps coming from behind.
While some shows offer viewers scenes with nothing more than an innocent and often comedic hookups, other shows actually went for it, giving us viewers sex scenes that felt so real we might as well have entered Incognito mode to watch them.
Where’s a good Friends Phoebe “My eyes!” gif when you need one?
Centered around eighteen-year old Eric Walker (Nick Robinson) and the inappropriate relationship he shares with a high school teacher, Claire (Kate Mara), the show delves deep (very deep) into the consequences of their illicit relationship, and the lives it will destroy in the process.
Robinson, actually twenty-five-years old, has seemingly taken the next step in terms of his on-screen physicality since his Love, Simon days. Both Robinson & Mara depict numerous scenes throughout the show that makes us cringe given its context, all the while fascinated by how raw & passionate these scenes are actually shot.
Hulu’s A Teacher forces its audiences to feel almost as responsible for this high school teacher’s affair as Claire herself by dragging us through the mud with its intense sex scenes.
The New Pope
HBO’s The New Pope is a great example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The show’s willingness to portray, shall we say, not-so-Christ-like behaviors is a huge reason one should avoid watching an episode just because you missed your church’s 9:00 a.m. stream.
The show offers a scene where Sofia (Cécile de France) lays anxiously in her luxurious hotel bed, where she pulls out her phone with aspirations of calling her current fling in order to help her, well, let’s just say sleep better.
Sofia’s phone gets a full tour of the hotel bed, especially under its sheets and inside of parts unknown, a scene that made us cringe while at the same time forcing us to seriously consider if any of our peers have tried the same thing. Sometimes our most promiscuous moments happen when we’re alone, after all.
Hulu’s Normal People follows the story of Connell & Marianne, two teenagers from different backgrounds who experience mutual romantic feelings. Their story grows throughout the years as does their connection, giving us a steamy relationship that feels as real as their awkward first sexual encounter.
The sex scene itself is as sweet as it is innocent, where these two lovers finally get the chance to physically express their “want”. Normal People’s sex scene is a bit clunky and has some goofy verbal exchanges between the two, as any first romantic encounter would have. Perhaps that’s the reason the scene felt so real.
We’ll never know if Westworld’s orgy scene “looked real” or not, seeing how the scifi show has a reputation for illustrating wild sexual fantasies that feel unrealistic.
However, season 3’s orgy ball, an event where the rich bid on a variety of prostitutes for charity, felt dirtier & dirtier with every passing second. The scene, complemented with The Weeknd’s “Wicked Games” playing in the background, creates an X-rated living room environment bound to leave audiences frantically searching for a way out of watching.
Westworld, as always, finds a way to twist our minds to reveal its deepest sexual fantasies, giving them life which perhaps best shows why these fantasies should never escape our consciousness.