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
The first scripted interracial kiss on U.S. TV didn’t occur until 1968, when Lieutenant Uhura locked lips with Captain Kirk.
1976 – 1981
They were trailblazers for today’s Victoria’s Secret crowd and permissive by the standards of the day.
1993 – 2005
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
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.