If you're not watching Showtime's Shameless, you're missing out on some of the best, worst, and most awkward sex scenes anywhere on TV. Bad decisions occur in droves, and you're left cringing more often than not, as nearly every character seems to be prone to ruining any decent relationship that comes their way.
As Shameless marches toward the end of its sixth season, here's a look back at the 10 sex scenes that probably left you feeling the most uneasy (and maybe a little turned on). To put things into perspective, the scene in which an abusive father forcing his gay son to impregnate a Russian prostitute didn't make the cut. Obviously.
Ian and Kash
Before Ian Gallagher had his military stint, worked in and out of gay clubs, and took a road trip with his boyfriend's baby, he was just a high school kid working in the local bodega. But while he's working in that bodega, Ian also happens to be getting it on with the shop's married owner, Kash Karib, in the freezer and between aisles. Ian's involved in plenty of other questionable scenes with both his longtime partner, Mickey Milkovich, and some older men, but none of them break as many health code violations as banging it out in Kash and Grab.
Carol and Kevin
What's a mom to do when her daughter is having trouble conceiving? Well, Veronica Fisher's mom decided it was only appropriate to act as a surrogate, and she wanted to go about it the old-fashioned way. Watching Kevin Ball struggle for the sake of procreation was bad enough, but knowing that something was going to go wrong and cause problems going forward was worse yet.
Mandy and Lip
Mandy Milkovich and Phillip ("Lip") Gallagher had plenty of unremarkable high school hookups, and while they might've never been the classiest couple, it always seemed to work. Sure, Mandy not-so accidentally ran over Lip's other high school lover, but the couple always managed to set their differences aside in the long run. Then Lip went to Chicago Polytechnic for college and stopped fitting in so well in the 'hood. When Lip came home from college and immediately went for a quick hookup with Mandy, everyone saw the ugly side of Lip's charm and way with women.
Fiona and Jimmy (and then Gus)
If there's one character on Shameless who can always be expected to make unfortunate sexual decisions, it's Fiona Gallagher. For so many seasons, Fiona seemed like the most likable character, but after getting married and almost immediately cheating with her ex (and then sleeping with her husband the next morning), it was basically impossible to continue pulling for her. At least it brought one of the best musical moments to the show when her soon-to-be-ex husband wrote a breakup song about Fiona.
Veronica/Kevin and Randoms
Early on in Shameless, Veronica and Kevin have a sex life so healthy that it's being broadcast on the Internet for money. Over the course of the show, it's apparent that they also have one of the healthiest relationships. That's why it's even more painful after the two have kids and begin seeing other people briefly. Whether it's Kevin banging co-eds or Veronica accidentally getting off in a club, it was as painful as anything to watch the Gallaghers' favorite neighbors not get along as a couple.
Sheila and Frank
Did you ever need to see William H. Macy naked and handcuffed to a bed? Neither did we. Did you ever need the thought of Joan Cusack inserting large objects into Macy's butthole swirling around your head? We certainly didn't. Do we really need to say more?
Helene and Lip
Just when you think Lip's sex life couldn't get any stranger, he becomes the boytoy of his wealthy, intelligent professor. It's weird enough that she has to sneak out of Lip's dorm room from time to time, but Helene Runyon Robinson also has an open sexual agreement with her husband that Lip (and the average viewer) isn't entirely comfortable with. It's yet another example of Lip's upper-class college life crossing paths with his ghetto upbringing.
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Fiona and Robbie
Cheating on your boyfriend/boss with his brother is pretty rough stuff. Almost killing your baby brother because you left the cocaine you got in the fallout of your adulterous foray is even worse. Oh, and then breaking your probation from said child neglect to do even more drugs and end up in prison is just the cherry on top. But such is Fiona.
Debbie and Matt
Any seemingly unnecessary rape storyline on a show is pretty controversial (looking at you, Game of Thrones), but watching a boy-crazy middle school girl take advantage of a hammered 20-year-old was one of the strangest non-consensual sex scenes in recent memory. It's not like Debbie Gallagher's decisions get much better, but can you blame her considering who she has as female role models?
Karen and Frank
One of the most insane scenes in all of Shameless occurs between two characters who have a knack for the ridiculous. As an act of rebellion, Karen decides to make her way into another Gallagher man's pants (aside from Lip, she also made a pass on Ian in the first episode), but this time with a very drunk Frank. Frank semi-consciously letting teenage Karen ride him for use on her revenge website "Daddyz Girl" was maybe the most unforgettable sex scene in Shameless history.