It’s the end of the year, and that means looking back at our favorite cultural moments, celebrity relationships, theatrical productions, and art exhibitions. But it's also time to reflect on the best sex scenes from our favorite TV shows of 2015 — from the cerebral final season of Mad Men to the discovery of a unicorn on Broad City. Without further ado (we all know why you're here), here they are: the best of the best, funniest, and most relatable sex scenes that aired on cable, debuted on networks, and were binge-watched on Netflix over the last 12 months.
When Fiona and Gus had such great sex they got married in Shameless
There’s a lot of sex in Shameless. There’s gay sex, interracial sex, oral sex, professional sex, underage sex, non-consensual sex, and all sorts of other sex. It’s actually more surprising when there’s no sex in an episode of the Showtime program. But really though, sex so good it makes you want to run off to city hall and get married? Well that’s some special stuff, even if it’s just another dumb decision made by Fiona.
When Don and Diana used an alleyway in Mad Men
This would’ve ranked higher, but there were two things holding it back.
- Don has a tendency to randomly hook up and fall (kind of) in love with random women.
- Between the bodily fluids and the stench of an alleyway, that suit is going to be totally ruined.
When Abbi and Jeremy brought pegging to primetime in Broad City
Broad City is always breaking down boundaries for television viewers, but it entered more than just uncharted territory when Abbi and Jeremy bust out a strap-on. Broad City does a really solid job confronting serious (and semi-serious) issues while making them hilarious, and this encounter was no exception. Oh, and let’s not forget a shoutout to Dan Savage for coming up with the term “pegging.”
When Olivia and Fitz can actually enjoy sex in Scandal
If you’ve ever hooked up with a coworker before, you know how it feels to have to hide your sexytime from those around you. We can imagine that’s how these two felt, so it was good to see them finally be able to let loose for once and just really go at it.
When Alex and Piper get busy in a library in Orange is the New Black
As opposed to Don Draper (who lost points for being creepy and probably ruining his suit in an alleyway), Piper and Alex get bonus points for the prison library setting. For one thing, it’s probably less disgusting than most areas of a prison, and a little literary education never killed anyone’s sex life. That's not even mentioning how awesome it is when a fight turns into sex. Really though, Orange is the New Black has had so many masterful sex scenes over the years, it’s tough to pick a favorite.
When Jessica Jones and Luke Cage break the bed in Jessica Jones
It’s not as cool (or weird, dealer's choice) as watching the Hulk and She-Hulk bang it out might be, but Jessica Jones and Luke Cage do a pretty phenomenal job of superhero sex on Netflix. In a show that’s sometimes slow on action, the sex between these two folks with supernatural powers is never disappointing.
When Marnie and Desi get all about the butt in Girls
If you ask us, Girls started off with one of the best sex scenes in the history of television. Adam (or Kylo Ren, depending on how you look at things) telling Hannah his fantasy about her being an 11-year-old junkie prostitute was about as hilarious and bizarre as TV sex can get. A few years later, Girls recaptured some of that uncomfortable magic when Desi decides to bury his face between Marnie’s cheeks. You hear that sound? It’s silence among all the hipster chicks who used to give Nicki Minaj crap for rapping about having her salad tossed.
When Cookie and Lucious finally get back together in Empire
Did any show take off as quickly in 2015 as Empire? Probably not, and both Cookie and Lucious are a major part of that. We kind of knew they were going to end up back in bed eventually for one reason or another, but seeing it actually happen for the first time was one of the highlights of the primetime soap's debut season.
When there’s any gory sex in American Horror Story: Hotel
From the first episode, the new season of American Horror Story proved it wasn’t going to have boring sex scenes. The initial superglue bit was as terrifying as it was genius, and every time Lady Gaga decides to have a blood-soaked evening, it's the kind of thing that Hot Topic dreams are made of. Gaga might not be the best actor AHS has ever seen, but we’ll take Hotel’s vampire sex over Freak Show’s cheesy musical numbers any day. It’s just like Twilight, but totally different.
When Sam finally got some in Game of Thrones
So many terrible things happened on the latest season of Game of Thrones that fans seemed to be jumping ship left and right. But by the end, sensitive types were busy crying over Jon Snow’s “death” while everyone else was celebrating one of the show’s most lovable characters cashing in his v-card. Even more boss-like, Sam didn’t even die after his big moment, unlike when they made Ser Barristan likable for an episode. Although he certainly doesn’t have the game of Grey Worm (seriously, his lines on Missandei are impeccable), Sam summed up how we all felt about him and Gilly getting it on: “Oh my!”
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