TV critics say we are going through a golden age of TV. Shows like True Detectives, Game of Thrones, 30 Rock, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Homeland are showing how creative, edgy, funny and.. just plain good… the small screen can be.
And Sexy. HBO, Showtime and other cable networks have taken sexy TV to a new level, creating a very appealing hybrid between soft core porn/erotica and quality, plot-driven TV. For example:
Game of Thrones
This show is generally considered a very sex program. And I agree… kind of. Game of Thrones is BIG in every conceivable way – cinematography, violence, complex story lines, sexuality. This show is truly a convention-defier. It has movie-level production value, with character and plot development that could never be achieved in a movie format. It really is the very best of what can be done with TV.
And there’s tons of sex and nudity. But it is hard to really call the sexuality in this show ‘sexy’. The sex and nudity are often coupled with generous doses of rape, incest and misogyny. But despite this, there are very sexy moments and very sexy characters. Daenerys Targaryen is one of the sexiest and most beautiful characters on TV and many of the male leads are vibrant, beautiful and epitomes of male sexuality.
Battle Star Galactica (2004)
This show redefines ‘sexy tough’. Tricia Helfer, Grace Park and Katee Sackoff are three of the sexiest characters ever assembled. The men ain’t bad either. In the conventional sense, they are gorgeous and are frequently near naked and wet and sweaty. But this is not what makes them so sexy. In BSG, the characters sexuality is an ever-present but very secondary aspect of each of their characters and endeavours. Helfer, Park and Sackoff play characters who are integral to the intellectual development of the plot. The main purpose of their characters is not their sexuality — it is their intelligence, brawn and skills that make them key to the storyline. Their sexiness is, in some hard to explain way, both completely unimportant yet key to their characters. To me, this is what makes it perfect.
Vampires, sex and nudity. What more needs to be said. This show manages to capitalize on the hottest trends in entertainment today and tie them together in a very appealing package. To be honest, I don’t watch the show much… the vampire thing never quite did it for me. But, I will say that the sexuality is the show is effervecent. The characters are sexy and the show deliberately (maybe too deliberately) bathes viewers in their sexuality. So… maybe not my cup of tea, but certainly a very sexy show.
Irrespective of how you feel about the ’50s revival’ going on in entertainment and the nostalgia some are currently feeling for a time when ‘men where men’, this is damn sexy show. Why? There’s not a lot of nudity or that much sex. But it is still really sexy. Again, why? I think it is because the show does such a great job at helping us see how sexuality, even during an era of sexual repression, is still omni-present. The scene where Don Draper’s wife allows herself to be pleasured while leaning on the washing machine — that sums up the show for me.
And there are so many more