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From a peck on the cheek to orgies and orgasms: Everything you wanted to know about TV sex.

1947 – 1950

Mary Kay and Johnny
The first American TV sitcom. They were a couple in real life, which is why they were allowed to share a bed. And have a child.

1964 – 1972

Samantha the witch enchanted husband Darrin and helped end the prudish era when TV married couples slept in separate beds.

1966 – 1969

Star Trek
The first scripted interracial kiss on U.S. TV didn’t occur until 1968, when Lieutenant Uhura locked lips with Captain Kirk.

1976 – 1981

Charlie’s Angels
They were trailblazers for today’s Victoria’s Secret crowd and permissive by the standards of the day.


1993 – 2005

NYPD Blue 
Viewers tuned into the police series on the promise of nudity and ended up staying for the great drama.

1997 – 2003

Buffy The Vampire Slayer 
Lesbian sorceresses cast a spell on the audience: Willow and Tara shattered a teen TV taboo.

1998 – 2004

Sex and the City 
Men and women alike learned all there was to know about dating, promiscuity, safer sex and, to a lesser extent, shoes.

1999 – 2000

Queer as Folk 
The British series began with the most graphic gay sex scene in TV history. A U.S. remake followed.

2007 – 2012

Gossip Girl 
There’d rarely been a threesome in a TV series before. And certainly not involving teenagers. Gasp!


Game of Thrones
Serious action within five minutes of episode 1, and consistent debauchery throughout its four seasons.


Masters of Sex 
The first serious sex studies were in the 1940s and 1950s Mary Kay and Johnny’s era. Now there’s a TV series about it.

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