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The 29 sexiest TV shows on Netflix

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These TV shows combine masterful storytelling with plenty of steamy sex scenes.

Sex on television is complicated. It was 1963, on an episode of Bewitched, before two actors who weren’t married to one another in real life were shown in a single bed. Nudity didn’t hit broadcast TV until NYPD Blue in 1993, and many viewers were outraged. Cable opened the floodgates to high-concept adult TV with sexual themes. Netflix, with its original series and massive streaming library, has become a repository for the best and sexiest TV shows around. Since we’ve already dug up the best porn on Netflix when it comes to movies, we decided to do the same for the hottest shows on the streaming service. And it turns out there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Netflix porn: 29 sexy shows streaming right now

1) The L Word

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Including The L Word on a list of the steamiest shows on Netflix feels a bit regressive. When it debuted in 2004, The L Word was the first TV show to focus entirely on a group of queer women, making it a historically important show on top of just being a damn good one. While understandably criticized for mostly focusing on conventionally beautiful and skinny cis white women, The L Word also holds the distinction of showing the wildly nuanced world of lesbian sex in a way that traditionally heteronormative movies and series haven’t. Despite what media directed by straight men has taught us, lesbian sex is not monolithic, and The L Word explored a broad range of its nuances. The result is an intensely erotic soap opera, with characters you’ll fall in love with and betrayals that hurt. Just don’t judge it too harshly for the last season.

2) Sense8

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When it comes to Netflix series, few have the genre pedigree of Sense8. The brainchild of Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski and Matrix creators the Wachowskis, this sci-fi tale follows a group of psychics whose powers are suddenly activated one day without warning. These eight people share a consciousness, helping each other out while trying to avoid the horrific villain they know as the Whispers. At times this incredibly high-concept show can get confusing, but its sex scenes are staggeringly hot. Sense8 has won awards for its representation of LGBTQ characters, and its love scenes are rightly diverse, mixing race and gender in a way that’s rare in episodic television. By the end of the series, you’ll be stunned to discover yourself getting turned on by the idea of people having sex through their thoughts. Yes, it’s weird; it’s also 100 percent worth your time. Netflix will release the series finale of Sense8 on June 8, wrapping up all the loose ends left behind when the show was canceled.

3) Shameless

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Shameless is a dark comedy, anchored by incredible performances from William H. Macy and Emmy Rossum, and a steady stream of sex scenes. Macy stars as Frank Gallagher, a single father of six kids and an alcoholic. His eldest daughter Fiona, played by Rossum, does her best to hold the family together with hysterical and occasionally heartbreaking results. It may not sound like an erotic story, but tell that to the people who compile each season’s sex scenes on sites like Pornhub to watch later. Don’t just look it up online. Sex is always hotter when you know the backstory, and Shameless will leave you howling with laughter in between making you think sexy thoughts.

4) Ingobernable

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House of Cards may be everyone’s favorite political Netflix show, but Ingobernable is the service’s sexiest. This high-production soap revolves around the first lady of Mexico as she tries to discover who framed her for the death of her abusive husband. At times brutally violent, Ingobernable isn’t always an easy watch, but when it punctuates its intrigue-filled melodrama with passionately directed love scenes, it’s easy to get lost in the moment. Episode 10’s tryst in the bathtub would already be legendary if this were an English-language show, and you get a fully formed political drama on top of all the sexiness.

5) The Tudors

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Henry the VIII had six wives and a seemingly never-ending series of concubines. The 16th century was not a terribly politically correct place, but based on The Tutors , it was a terribly sexy one in between all of the executions. Over the course of four seasons, viewers get to follow Henry and his seemingly unquenchable lust, as the king tries to hold his domain together while fighting to build his legacy. Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a stunningly handsome man, giving the loathsome king a sensuality that cuts through his horrific actions. Game of Thrones Natalie Dormer shines as Anne Boleyn, though sadly history necessitated her only appearing in a few seasons. If you think Game of Thrones is sexy but wish it was rooted more deeply in reality, The Tudors will become a fast friend.  

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6) Queer as Folk

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Queer as Folk was a precursor to The L Word, debuting four years earlier and becoming the first hour-long drama in American history to focus on LGBTQ characters. Starting off following the lives of five gay men living in Pittsburgh, the series dealt with substantial, complicated issues from coming out, gay adoption, HIV, and closeted priests, among a host of other topics. It also featured the first simulated sex scene between two men on American TV. Brash, funny, and often heartbreaking, Queer as Folk is an interesting show to revisit 17 years after its debut. Much has changed in America since it premiered, but many of the issues the show deals with remain all too pertinent.

7) Skins

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Finally, a show that answers the question “What would Degrassi be like if TV censors let them go there?” This long-running and controversial U.K. soap tones down its on-screen sexual content after the first two seasons but keeps a healthy sense of sexuality even in its milder years. Zooming wildly from young adult issues like dysfunctional family lives and religious challenges to gender and substance abuse, Skins occasionally feels like an after-school special that got into its parents’ liquor cabinet. Still, it’s a very entertaining one that often has more in common with Fast Times at Ridgemont High than My So-Called Life.

8) Californication

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Showtime’s hit comedy Californication is sort of a sex addiction-fueled cousin to Curb Your Enthusiasm, full of morally repugnant characters you’ll want to follow anyway. David Duchovny stars as Hank Moody, a novelist who moves to Los Angeles when the film rights to one of his books are purchased. Struggling to juggle writer’s block, a steady stream of women, and his life as a single father, Hank consistently finds himself sabotaged by his arrogance. Duchovny’s hysterically charming performance anchors the series, giving him humanity even when his libido gets him in trouble. If you removed the graphic sex, this show could be a hit on A&E. Of course, each episode would also be five minutes shorter.  

9) The Borgias

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If The Sopranos were the aspirational crime family of the ’00s, the Borgias held the title for the 15th century. One held an empire of waste management, and the other became the pope. The Borgias is a ruthless historical drama, rooted in murder and religious corruption in the name pursuing power. There’s also plenty of beautifully shot sex scenes.  Just be aware the series eventually starts to explore the concept of incest, though Game of Thrones made it clear that’s not a deal-breaker for many viewers.

10) Hemlock Grove

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Of all the titles on this list, Hemlock Grove is easily the weirdest. Vampire incest? Yep. A vampire who gets aroused by the sight of a feminine product in someone’s purse? It goes there. A werewolf who lets his face get eaten off for the greater good? Here’s a heads up if you get queasy. Hemlock Grove isn’t afraid to be itself, that’s for sure. This hypergraphic tale of creatures that go bump and grind in the night never takes itself too seriously, so while it may be a bloodbath, the showrunners remember to keep things fun. Just keep an open mind. Sometimes vampires want to have sex in a room full of blood bags.


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11) Lost Girl

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Lost Girl features no real nudity, but it’s still easily one of the sexiest shows on Netflix. This Canadian production is the first television show about a succubus, or a supernatural creature who feeds on the sexual energy of humans. Traumatized by her first sexual experience, which took the life of her teenage boyfriend, Bo goes on the run, slowly learning about her history and the secret supernatural world that is her birthright. Lost Girl’s sex scenes don’t feature nudity, thanks to passionate performances and great direction. This LGBTQ-friendly slice of supernatural mystery has a little something for everyone, and you won’t have to worry about your roommates walking in and thinking you’re watching porn.

12) The Client List

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Jennifer Love Hewitt has had a prodigious career, handily moving from the silver screen to television with ease, but The Client List is an anomaly in her largely wholesome resume. Starring as a single mom who works at a massage parlor, Love Hewitt’s portrayal of Riley Parks is humorous and surprisingly nuanced for a Lifetime soap. Pushing the limits of what TV-14 can show, The Client List is a perfect guilty pleasure for viewers seeking an erotic thrill without showing too much of the graphic stuff. Beware, the show was canceled after two seasons and ends on a cliffhanger. If that bothers you, there’s always fan fiction online, though it isn’t as restrained in its sexuality as the show.

13) Being Mary Jane

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BET’s romantic hit drama has quickly built a fiercely loyal following with its intricate love triangles and Gabrielle Union’s layered performance as Mary Jane Parker, a successful cable news anchor trying to figure out what’s missing in her perfect life. The show juggles heavy themes and sensuality with ease, devoting equal time to building sexy romances and asking questions about what it means to be a modern black woman in America. Mary Jane is a sexually confident and professional woman, able to claim what she wants while still making a point to talk with partners about getting tested. It’s interesting in the usually hedonistic world of TV dramas to see a show this hot be so straightforward about the real-world issues surrounding sexuality. Don’t worry: It regularly follows its heavy moments with lots of heavy breathing.

14) Weeds

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This pitch-black comedy about a suburban California single mother who starts dealing pot to make ends meet isn’t for the faint of heart. If Breaking Bad tried harder to make you laugh, you’d end up with Weeds. But for some viewers, the wildly swinging tone, especially in the later seasons, is hard to deal with. Mary-Louise Parker’s performance as Nancy is jaw-dropping, pouring humanity into a character who is often intensely unlikable. Nancy uses sex to distract herself when things get stressful, and while it’s not a healthy coping mechanism, the scenes themselves are beautifully shot and, almost always, erotic. Few shows combine tension and humor with the grace of Weeds, and it’s well worth your time if you can accept you aren’t always meant to like the main character.

15) Marco Polo

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When asked by the Hollywood Reporter to describe Netflix’s original series Marco Polo, star Lorenzo Richelmy said, “The show is sexy, and of course a bit violent, but the real aim of the show is to make you feel horny about history.” Richelmy is onto something. Over the show’s two seasons, Marco Polo has shown a remarkable detail for history, from its gorgeous recreation of the court of Kublai Khan to its casting of actual Mongolians to play Mongolian roles. That last one shouldn’t be remarkable, but it is. Lest you worry you’re just in for a stuffy history lesson, Marco Polo is a remarkably violent and sexual series, full of graphic nudity and sex scenes. That’s right: It’s steamy and educational.

16) Easy

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This lusty Netflix original series is as packed with big names as it is surprising amounts of nudity. Easy follows a group of modern Chicagoans as they navigate the wasteland of modern dating, from how technology complicates things to the age-old struggles of sex. Marc Maron, Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, and more pop up, which makes the graphic and frequent nudity an unexpected but pleasant surprise.

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17) Roman Empire: Reign of Blood

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At first glance Roman Empire: Reign of Blood may appear to be another action series set in the past, dripping with gore and sweat. In actuality, the series is an extensively recreated documentary narrated by Sean Bean not unlike what you’d find on the History Channel. That is if the History Channel allowed for graphic sexuality and violence. Roman Empire: Reign of Blood is technically educational, so just tell people you’re brushing up on your history  

18) Peaky Blinders

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What Peaky Blinder lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality. Seasons 1 and 2 only have one nude scene each, while season 3 ramps things up considerably. Cillian Murphy has a handful of great sex scenes in this BBC production about a Victorian England street gang, but prepare to invest some time to see them. This is a show about crime and the people who commit it, and unlike The Sopranos, these crooks don’t make much time to get busy.

19) Scandal

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Yes, this is a show that airs on ABC, so you know you won’t be seeing any nudity, but that doesn’t mean you should sneeze at Scandal’s spicy side. With a stunning cast led by Kerry Washington, Scandal is a sex-crazed political soap opera that regularly pushes the limits of broadcast intimacy with its passionate love scenes. You’ve never seen foreplay on TV as hot as you’ll seen it on Scandal. Come for the conspiracy theories, stay for the butterflies in your stomach.  

20) Narcos: Mexico

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Much like the show it spun off from, Narcos: Mexico isn’t an extraordinarily sexy show. Afterall, we’re talking about a violent examination of drug wars. However, like it’s namesake, when Narcos: Mexico decides it’s time to show some sex they don’t hold back. Honestly after the blood boiling tension the series builds, it’s a treat to get some sensual relief.

21) Narcos

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There’s nothing sexy about the war on drugs, but there’s plenty of sex in the drug war. Netflix’s series about the criminal empire of Colombian kingpin Pablo Escobar and his rivals is a brutal examination of the cost of cocaine trafficking. However, when it takes time to have sex scenes, they’re as graphic and intense as the violence that surrounds them. (Here’s everything we know about Narcos season 4.)  

22) The Magicians

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Do you love Harry Potter but find that after years of slash fiction, you wish it was sexy for once? The Magicians might be for you. This Saturn Award-nominated SyFy series centers on the divergent paths of two childhood friends. There’s Quentin, who is accepted into the Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy, and Julia, who is rejected, forced to find her way into the world of magic. Along the way is some of the steamiest sex available on basic cable. By keeping nudity at bay, The Magicians is forced to focus on sensuality and often enhanced with magic powers.

23) The Crown

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World history can be surprisingly sexy at times. The Crown, a Netflix original series, tracks the political intrigue and romantic dalliances of Queen Elizabeth II. Starting in 1947 with her marriage to Philip the Duke of Edinburgh and continuing through her life, The Crown features flashes of passion that are sudden, vivid, and explicit, though actual nudity doesn’t start to pop up until season 2. Claire Foy is incredible as Elizabeth, with a superb supporting cast—including Matt Smith, John Lithgow, and Eileen Atkins—that help build the drama. (Here’s everything we know about The Crown season 3.)

24) Altered Carbon

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On a surface level, Altered Carbon is a series that brings hard-boiled sci-fi noir to Netflix, telling a tale of murder in a world where your consciousness can be digitized. But beyond its grim sci-fi shell, Altered Carbon has another layer worth appreciating: absurd amounts of skin. The show’s high-concept world is gorgeous, as is the cast. But beware—this is a particularly dark and violent show. While the vast majority of its sexual content is good old-fashioned intercourse, there are a few moments of sexualized violence that may be disturbing for some viewers.

25) Real Life Wife Swap

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Take a peek behind the bedroom doors of two real-life swinging couples with this British miniseries. Exploring the ins and outs of their personal lives and loves, Real Life Wife Swap provides a rare portrait of open relationships. Shot in 2004, it’s interesting to see what the swingers movement was like before the proliferation of apps like Tinder made finding sexual partners so easy. Be aware this isn’t amateur porn, but instead a hyper-sexualized look at two couples’ complicated lives. Still, if you like watching real people in sexual situations, Real Wife Swap is a kinky bit of fun.

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26) Kiss Me First

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Netflix series aren’t shy about their sexual content, and Kiss Me First continues that fine tradition. In a not to distant future a lonely woman named Leila is hooked on the virtual reality gaming site Azana. After meeting an online named Tess in real life, Leila’s world finally starts to make sense. Until Tess disappears, and Leila finds herself pulled into a dangerous mystery spanning two realities. With its pulpy mix of cyberpunk and erotic tension, Kiss Me First feels like an anime brought to life.

27) Loving Ibiza: The Series

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This steamy Dutch soap opera follows a group of ex-pats and tourists on the island of Ibiza as they fall in and out of love, and in and out of each other’s beds. There’s a long-term married couple trying to have a baby, two friends fighting not to fall in love, and other mismatched couples living in total romantic chaos. With gorgeous scenery and an even hotter cast, Loving Ibiza: The Series is meaningless fun, but thanks to playful nudity and the odd gross-out joke, it’s still fun.

28) Get Shorty

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Crackle’s adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s classic dark comedy about the mob and show business is a treat. Starring Ray Romano and Chris O’Dowd, this blend dark storytelling and quirky laughs is perfect for binging over a long weekend. What might surprise you is its random bursts of graphic sexuality. Season one isn’t overflowing with sex, but when it hits it makes an impact. Folks who like titillation but hate when it gets in the way of the plot should Get Shorty in their viewing rotation.

29) Elite

netflix-porn-tv-shows-elite Photo via Netflix This international steamer has the trashy charm of an R-rated Gossip Girl, complete with shockingly explicit sex scenes for a show about private school students. Three working-class teenagers are given the chance of a lifetime, entry into an expensive and elite private school. Piling melodrama on top of teenage hormones is a time-tested formula, but the addition of murder sets Elite apart. Don’t write this one off as just a sex fest. Elite is smart, funny, and compelling. It just also happens to be sexy as hell when shirts start falling off.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond

John-Michael Bond is a tech reporter and culture writer for Daily Dot. A longtime cord-cutter and early adopter, he's an expert on streaming services (Hulu with Live TV), devices (Roku, Amazon Fire), and anime. A former staff writer for TUAW, he's knowledgeable on all things Apple and Android. You can also also find him regularly performing standup comedy in Los Angeles.