The Sexiest Streaming Shows for Your (Guilty) Pleasure

It's getting steamy!

jonathan rhys meyers in the tudors
'The Tudors' | Sony Pictures Television
'The Tudors' | Sony Pictures Television

Want to watch something seductive that stays spicy over 10-plus hours of streaming? We're not simply talking nudity, like on Game of Thrones, or sleazier series like Californication and Entourage; nor shows about people who pay for it, like Hung or The Girlfriend Experience; and definitely not anything under the "HBO After Dark" banner. No, sexy is a little bit different.

Since explicit shows like Orange Is the New Black are probably old reliables for you by now, we know there's nothing sexier than shaking up your streaming diet every so often. To that end, we present for you a very scientific list of stream-worthy TV shows to get you in the mood.

ALSO READ: Our lists of the sexiest movies on Netflix right now and the sexiest movies on Amazon Prime

the affair
Showtime

The Affair (2014–2019)

This he-said-she-said series is about beautiful people hooking up in secret! What more do you want? Oh, maybe a murder? And a laughable depiction of the publishing industry? AND a future look at a climate-destroyed Hamptons? Well, you get that, too. —Sarah Caldwell
Where to stream: Amazon PrimeHulu with Showtime add-onShowtime

simone ashley and jonathan bailey in bridgerton season 2
Netflix

Bridgerton (2020– )

Bridgerton, the first of Netflix's shows produced by Shonda Rhimes after her headline-making exclusive deal with the company, is set in the early-1800s Regency period, during the Austen-Brontë stretch of time when English society's structure was rigid, corsets were tight, and marriage was the Number One priority of any woman considered of age. In other words, it's about hot characters doing scandalous things, just what Shondaland fans have come to expect. Tune into Season 1 if you're looking for a swoon-worthy story of sexual exploration that's stock full of aristocrats tearing off their garments left and right, but stay for the even hotter Season 2, if you find yourself taken with a slow-burn. As each season tells a different romance, the second season finds enemies turn into lovers, as their desire becomes far too much to handle. Whatever it is you fancy, you'll likely find yourself taken with Bridgerton if you're in the mood for something sexy. 
Where to stream: Netflix

orlando bloom in easy
Patrick Wymore/Netflix

Easy (2016–2019)

Mumblecore icon Joe Swanberg's Netflix anthology is legitimately all about sex and love—BDSM experimentation, first time threesomes, polyamorous marriages, sex with your ex, Tinder, etc, etc. The Chicago-set show plays out like a handful of brief short films, each starring familiar faces that show off Swanberg's indie cred like Aubrey Plaza, Dave Franco, Hannibal Buress, Judy Greer, Zazie Beetz, and many others. It more so crawls under the sheets to realistically look at relationships and intimacy and all of their vulnerable, uncomfortable quirks, but realism can be seriously sexy, too.
Where to stream: Netflix

MANU RÍOS in elite
Netflix

Elite (2018– )

This teen drama centered on a wealthy private high school from Spain was a surprise hit when it first dropped on Netflix in 2018, and it's easy to see why: a juicy murder mystery that runs through the entire season, obscene displays of wealth, and lots and lots of sex. On top of being a soapy whodunit, Elite's issues-based side plots, dealing with topics like class inequality, xenophobia, and the stigma of HIV, are the running undercurrents that truly keep this show afloat. Even with subtitles, you'll have binged through this series before you know it.
Where to stream: Netflix

eva longoria in desperate housewives
Disney–ABC Domestic Television

Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

You know how it goes in the suburbs: Nothing is quite as picture-perfect as those landscaped lawns and white picket fences appear to be. This long-running network hit dives into the private lives of the woman living on Wisteria Lane after their neighbor mysteriously dies by suicide. Of course, the neighborhood is abundant in crime, affairs, marital spats, and personal troubles, all rife with great clichés to keep you fantasizing—including some spicy infidelity with the chiseled gardener. Hands down the sexiest soap to grace our small screens.
Where to stream: HuluIMDb TV

fleabag and the hot priest
Amazon Studios

Fleabag (2016–2019)

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's dramedy based on her one-woman stage show may largely focus on a woman coping with the shocking and sudden loss of her best friend, but in her grief, she ends up pummeling through life in a way that welcomes chaos and even self-destruction. With that comes one of the hottest TV romances ever—one that's strictly forbidden under the eyes of God—when she falls for a priest (read: the Hot Priest played by Andrew Scott) in Season 2 and actively pursues him, despite the sanctimonious rules of the Catholic Church and probably all that's best for her heart, sinning aside. You'll be doing some "hail Mary" prayers and in need of a Bible to fan yourself any time the two share the screen.
Where to watch:Amazon Prime

adam driver in girls
HBO

Girls (2012–2017)

Lena Dunham's hit series never shied away from portraying the full spectrum of sexual experience, from the painfully awkward to the, well, actually sexy. While "sexiness" was never the show's goal, sometimes being able to relate to less-than-perfect characters is what heightens a show's eroticism. —SC
Where to stream: HBO Max

chuck and blair in Gossip Girl
The CW

Gossip Girl (2007–2012)

Remember this "Every Parent's Nightmare" ad? Or Blake Lively and Leighton Meester’s Terry Richardson photo shoot for Rolling Stone? Or that threesome plot with Hilary Duff? Gossip Girl was a little campy, and that's what made it so enjoyable. Just think about how Serena had relationships with three equally perfect blond clones with the preppiest names ever: Nate Archibald, Trip van der Bilt, and Colin Forrester. See? Campy! But still racy as hell. —SC
Where to stream: HBO Max

the l word
Showtime

The L Word (2004–2009)

After six seasons, this show racked up a whole lot of love scenes. Pride.com counted 97, to be exact. Some people prefer the Shane scenes. Some people prefer Bette or Alice. What I'm saying is there's a lot here for you, it's always hot, and it was a groundbreaking show for queer representation. So you should just enjoy it. And definitely watch the heat wave episode, "Liquid Heat." You won't be disappointed. —SC
Where to stream: Amazon Prime with Showtime add-onHulu with Showtime add-on, Showtime

lip service
BBC

Lip Service (2010–2012)

The IMDb description of this show is "lives, loves & lusts of Lipstick Lesbians in Scotland," which makes you wonder why they couldn't make it in Lisbon (they actually live in Glasgow, and probably because The L Word was already taken). Anyway, it follows the everyday lives of a group of lesbians and features some very steamy love scenes. Episode 2 begins with a particularly, ahem, rewarding morning encounter. —SC
Where to stream: Tubi

lizzy caplan in masters of sex
Showtime

Masters of Sex (2013–2016)

When you think of sexiness, "research" likely isn't the first word that comes to mind, but Masters of Sex manages to make the pioneering work of Drs. William Masters and Virginia Johnson retain some of its inherent sexiness. While lab coats and charts might not turn you on, the willingness to explore is certainly sexy. —SC
Where to stream: Showtime

Han So-hee and song kang in nevertheless
JTBC/Netfli

Nevertheless (2021)

One hot university art student, who swore off love after dumping a cheating ex, falls for another hot art student, who is, ultimately, a fuckboy, and things quickly get steamy and very confusing in this K-drama. It's not just the sensual make out sessions and mornings after between Yoo Na-bi (Han So-hee) and Park Jae-eon (Song Kang) that make this 10-episode series so sexy, but the inherent tension of a friends with bennies scenario when there's clear chemistry will have you begging "Will they just start dating already?" at your TV screen.
Where to stream: Netflix

paul mescal in normal people
Hulu

Normal People (2020)

Based on the book of the same name by the queen of the millennial narrative, Sally Rooney (who adapted the book for Hulu with the playwright Alice Birch), this miniseries captures the intense intimacy that develops between Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), two high schoolers from a small Irish town. The series closely dissects their affair, as their relationship evolves as they grow older and their social statuses change. It actually got a great deal of praise for its sex scenes specifically, but expect no series will to leave you feeling as lustful and heartbroken as this one.
Where to stream: Hulu

jamie fraser outlander
Showtime

Outlander (2014– )

In the Diana Gabaldon books this series is based on, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) is literally a female fantasy come to life to pleasure his heroine. Adonis might be the right word. His love, Claire (Caitriona Balfe), is equally breathtaking. All this interest in female pleasure makes the love scenes so much more palpable and the romance so much more titillating. Don't just watch the over-the-top wedding episode—ease into it, so that you can fully enjoy every bite.—SC
Where to stream: NetflixStarz

p-valley strip club
Starz

P-Valley (2020– )

"Down in the valley where the girls get naked," a voice sings in a nursery rhyme cadence over the opening credits for Starz's excellent drama, P-Valley. Those words are a succinct summary of the show itself: P-Valley takes place in and around a strip club called The Pynk, located in a fictional town of Chucalissa on the Mississippi Delta. The series, created by playwright Katori Hall, is an intoxicating look at the lives of the people who orbit the venue, which appears decrepit during the day, but comes alive, flush in neon, at night. It's raucous and funny and filled with intrigue and absolutely worth a binge-watch.
Where to stream: Starz

randy harrison in queer as folk
Showtime

Queer as Folk (2000–2005)

Another groundbreaking addition to the television canon, this show revolves around the lives of gay men. While it tackles serious issues, it's also frank and intimate about the intricacies of hooking up and going to gay clubs. —SC
Where to stream: Amazon with Showtime add-onHulu with Showtime add-onShowtime

kerry washington in scandal
ABC

Scandal (2012–2018)

There are so many moments on Scandal where you think, "I can't believe they showed this on TV." Fitz wants Olivia so bad, but there's just so much at stake! Every time you hear the first notes of their love theme, you know you're in for a wonderful bit of deep, deep desire and some tortured looks. You can basically gauge most of how you're going to feel about this show based on this boot scene. —SC
Where to stream: Hulu

kim cattrall in sex and the city
HBO

Sex and the City (1998–2004)

While it may play like a semi-ridiculous time capsule of late-'90s to early-'00s Manhattanite sensibilities, Sex and the City had an undeniably huge impact on the way an entire generation talked about sex and dating. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, and especially Kim Cattrall weren't afraid to talk about their sex lives, and what's sexier than owning your sexuality? —SC
Where to stream: HBO Max

sarah shahi in sex/life
Netflix

Sex/Life (2021– )

Sex/Life: It's right there in the title! This critically-derided series might not be good by any means, but maybe prestige TV isn't what's on your mind if you're strictly looking for some hot and heavy bingeing (and it does feature some much-discussed full-frontal male nudity). Based on BB Easton's erotic novel 44 Chapters About 4 Men, the show follows a suburban mother played by Sarah Shahi who's desperate for more pleasure in her marriage, which leads her to start journaling about a past bad boy ex… which turns into a wild affair in the present. The absurd characters and trashy melodrama may drive you crazy, but so will the series' raciness in a totally different way.
Where to stream: Netflix

emmy rossum in shameless
Showtime

Shameless (2011–2021)

There’s a character named Lip who is kind of young at first (Jeremy Allen White), so you're not that into it. But then he grows up and makes his way to college and starts hooking up with his teacher, and then it's pretty great. Fiona (Emmy Rossum) has been through so much throughout the series, but she's also had her fair share of challenging (though sometimes good) relationships. It's a show that's always really raw about all the particulars of sex, but balances all that skin out with some humanity. —SC
Where to stream: Amazon with Showtime add-onHulu with Showtime add-onNetflixShowtime

anthony ramos in she's gotta have it
David Lee/Netflix

She's Gotta Have It (2017–2019)

Nola Darling is an artist, an activist, a Brooklynite, and a sex-positive polyamorous pansexual with three emotionally volatile boyfriends. But who is she? Spike Lee made his directorial debut with 1986's She's Gotta Have It, and 30 years later, expands the character study into his first TV series, a rhythmic exploration of sex, Brooklyn, and Black life. Lee's signature, syncopated style—bright colors, up-close-and-personal confessionals, jolts of pop music and album art, Bruce Hornsby's melancholy piano filling the gaps—is intact, tracking Nola through the gentrifying brownstone labyrinth of Fort Greene. The joy of the series is in the updated casting, DeWanda Wise's Nola beams with wisdom, fear, artistic knowledge, and carnal desire, while the men and women in her life are fleshed out and… fleshed out, allowing the many sex scenes to play to the senses while reaching for something deeper. 
Where to stream: Netflix

nicholaus holt in skins
E4

Skins (2007–2013)

Hormonal teens. Lots of bad decisions. Zero fucks. Upon first viewing, Skins might feel like the British version of Project X, but there's much more to the rampant sex and social one-upmanship that riddles Roundview College. Each cleverly scripted installment—told from a different character's point of view—meshes foul-mouthed humor with the gritty personal details of subjects like mental illness, family dysfunction, and race. The combo makes for some potent concoctions, ones that manage to pulse with an electrifying rhythm, even though many of Roundview's students (played in early episodes by the big-name likes of young Nicholas Hoult, Dev Patel, and Daniel Kaluuya) are mired in the mind-numbing ennui between childhood and adulthood. After a couple episodes, you'll find yourself obsessing over these deftly drawn kids, what their futures look like, and whether their anarchic exploits will make them or ruin them.
Where to stream: Hulu

Son Ye-jin in something in the rain
Netflix/JTBC

Something in the Rain (2018)

There are things in life and dating that some people consider taboo, such as dating your best friend’s brother or dating someone a decade younger than you. The K-dramaSomething in the Rain explores these themes and does it well, and to tantilizing results. The story follows Jin-ah (Son Ye-jin) a 30-something business woman as she falls head over heels for her best friend’s brother Joon-hee (Jung Hae-In), who is a 20-something animator. Jin-ah’s family practically took in Joon-hee and his sister as children because of their absent father and constantly working single mother. So in embarking on their relationship, Jin-ah and Joon-hee constantly have to worry about how things will look to the outside world because of both their age gap and their family’s disapproval. Something in the Rain leaves viewers with a bunch of "what ifs?" that can be applied to your life no matter your country of origin or language.
Where to stream: Netflix

anna paquin in true blood
HBO

True Blood (2008–2014)

For much of its run, the show did what great fantasy shows do: tackle real-life issues through supernatural allegory. But a lot of truly crazy love scenes popped up throughout its seven seasons. Take the one where Bill emerges from the ground terrifyingly and then Sookie has sex with him in Season 1. Evan Rachel Wood's campy vampire queen doesn't even get introduced until Season 2, but boy oh boy, is it an introduction. —SC
Where to stream: HBO Max

natalie dormer in the tudors
Sony Pictures Television

The Tudors (2007–2010)

There’s nothing about Henry VIII that's inherently arousing, and what he did to Anne Boleyn is still shady as hell. Yet we keep making shows about him! Maybe because it's all so intriguing. And when you cast Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) as Anne and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Henry, well, you know this show is gonna be the equivalent of a cartoon wolf whistling. It's hard to say if this show is "good" or not, but there's a pretty primal scene in the woods (where he offers her a very anachronistic heads-up) in Episode 10, so... Also, you get to see a young Henry Cavill! —SC
Where to stream: Amazon with Showtime add-onHulu with Showtime add-onShowtime

mary louise parker in weeds
Showtime

Weeds (2005–2012)

Before Jenji Kohan was exploring life in prison on Orange Is the New Black, she was making a show about something that can get you there: drug dealing. Before Julie Bowen was on Modern Family, she was getting some from Hunter Parrish. After Mark-Paul Gosselaar was Zack Morris on Saved by the Bell, he was reprimanding Mary-Louise Parker. Basically, there's something for everyone here. —SC
Where to stream: Hulu, IMDb TVPeacockShowtime

damon and elena in vampire diaries
The CW

The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)

You may think of it as a teen show, but it's all about romantic longing. Damon longs for Elena, and each glance, each almost-touch, sends shivers down your spine. If you're not into the foreplay, well, there's a lot of getting it on, too. The cool thing about vampire sex is that they are supernatural, so they can throw each other around really hard. (There's not that much biting, but there are plenty of shirtless men and scantily clad women.) So come for the teen romance, stay for the hookups. —SC
Where to stream: Netflix

mishel prada in vida
Starz

Vida (2018–2020)

Vida follows the week of fallout from the death of Vidalia Hernandez, who was mostly estranged from her two daughters, Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and had not-so-secretly married a woman during their time apart. It's an east LA gentrification tale—Vidalia owned a building and bar that's being eyed by hawkish developers—inextricably tied to Latinx and queer identity as Emma and Lyn uncover pieces of their mother's life. The show may be centered around tragic events, but it's also hilarious and sexy, featuring probably the only theatrical depiction of ass eating in all of television.
Where to stream: Starz

aya cash in you're the worst
FX

You're the Worst (2014–2019)

The pilot of this show features the leads Chris Geere and Aya Cash's bare bodies on full display in three different positions within the first five minutes. The theme song trills "You're gonna leave me anyway…" and there's always the fear that these two aren’t gonna make it, but along the way, You're the Worst goes surprisingly deep on mental health issues like depression and PTSD. Plus, Geere and Cash's characters still manage to have crazy-good sex. —SC
Where to stream: Hulu

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