There can be little doubt that a TV renaissance is well underway. Since the early 2000s, the quality of TV coming out of HBO, Showtime, FX and other cable networks is amazing. The Sopranos, Mad Men, Games of Thrones, VEEP and at least a dozen others represent the best that the boob tube has offered since at least the 1970s.
Amongst this boom in the quality of TV offerings, we are also being treated to the sexiest TV ever. The levels of nudity, sexuality, sensuality and sex on TV has never been higher. And, probably not coincidentally, the overlap between the quality shows and the sex shows is pretty overwhelming. Game of Thrones is, perhaps, the best realized television show in history… and also stunningly sexually provocative (although not always sexy; rather sexily disturbing at times). House of Lies has some amazingly sexy content. And who will forget the Mad Men washing machine scene!
My wife and I watched a (decidedly low quality, but fun) program the other night that really brought this message home. Playboy TV had a 2-part series from Mr Skin that chronicled the best nude scenes from both TV and the movies one the past year. While the show itself was a little cheesy, the 20+ shows and scenes highlighted were amazingly sexy. Some of the best programs were some I was less familiar with but are critics darlings – like Narcos from Netflix. Others, like Game of Thrones and The Americans, we watch regularly. They are amazing program – well scripted, brilliantly acted and sexy to boot.