That was a specific choice.” After it aired, Vulture called the scene “TV’s most emotionally resonant 69 scene ever.” TIME’s James Poniewozik pointed out that the position “emphasized how sexually egalitarian the show is.” The 69 was simultaneously an act of feminism and realism.In a drama where two spies set “honey traps” for a living, such relatable moments of intimacy are what have kept it grounded.But the married-couple sex scene most widely praised by critics in the last several years was one between Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) Jennings, Russian spies masquerading as American suburbanites on FX’s .Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg began season two sitting in their writers’ room trying to list every single sex position known to man.Critics debate whether we’ve passed the golden age of television defined by shows like —the way intimacy is shown on the small screen has come a long way since 1952 when CBS forbade Lucille Ball from calling herself “pregnant” on national TV, substituting instead the priest-approved word “expecting.” The evolution of sex on TV moved slowly for the next six decades.Samantha and Darrin shared a bed on increasingly common and with them easily accessible pornography.
“Now you can’t put anything on TV that’s more pornographic than what’s easily available with a few mouse clicks.
A 2005 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that the number of sex scenes on TV had doubled in the last seven years and that 70% of all shows on TV included some sort of sexual content.
This was especially true of popular shows among teens like , whose vibrant plotlines included underage orgies and teens bedding their friends’ parents. According to the group, genitals and nipples are not allowed on network or cable (versus premium channels like Cinemax or HBO), but what characters can say or reference is more of a gray area.
The politicking on instance, leaks into the bedroom.
Willimon says of political power couple Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright): “They are not ordinary, so their sex lives aren’t ordinary either.” Some examples of this extraordinary sex include Claire masturbating a dying man, Frank performing oral sex on reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) while she talks on the phone with her father and Claire and Frank engaging in a threesome with their bodyguard.