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The Hottest TV Sex Scenes

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    Remember when TV couples slept in twin beds and everyone pretty much assumed that Little Ricky was the product of some immaculate conception? Remember when you could watch a show and not worry about a parent or nephew walking in on you? Remember when David Caruso's bare buns on NYPD Blue was as steamy as it got, which is to say, not steamy at all?

    Now you don't even need cable to see your favourite TV characters doing the deed, though it certainly doesn't hurt. Viola Davis is pulling out her back. Merkin sales must fly through the roof when Outlander is filming. Frank and Claire Underwood are having threesomes and Remy Danton is a cunning linguist. Thanks to Broad City, "pegging" has entered the mainstream lexicon.

    It's hard to play favourites, especially when so much of the good stuff isn't available on YouTube, but these small-screen sex scenes stand out from the rest. Was it good for you?

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    Stella & Ben, The Fall
    When Stella gives her hotel room number to Ben, it's one of the most straight-forward pick-ups by a female character on TV. Ever.

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    Don & Rachel, Mad Men
    Don Draper had a lot of affairs, but his love for married store owner Rachel Katz was the hottest, deepest, and realest relationship he seemed to get into.

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    Lip & Helene, Shameless
    Lip's forbidden affair with his older female professor created some of his hottest scenes on the series to date -- in part because he finally got emotionally invested in his sex life.

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    Henry & Casey, Party Down
    The sexual tension between these two finally came to a head when Casey told Henry she was getting a divorce.

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    Poldark & Demeiza, Poldark
    Demeiza goes from house maid to future wife in one very seductive twirl of the dress.