7 erotic adult series you’re not watching … yet
Someone wise once said (it could have been Damian Robinson, but hey, you know what the internet is like) that sex is “like oxygen: it’s not that a big a deal unless you’re not getting any”. There’s no arguing with that; they are equally important. Then there are those who say (insert – so to speak – something of your choice here) is “better than sex”. Well, no Susan, you’re clearly doing it wrong if you think your lasagne is better than some between-the-sheets action. Shame. On the small screen, sexy scenes find their way into most series these days, one way or another. I had a poke around Showmax and Netflix and found dozens of them, in various genres, old and new. This is just a small sample of the erotic adult series to stream.
Dark Desire (Netflix)
I don’t know what it is about foreign content but it often feels like it’s just that bit racier than what Hollywood and the Brits do. Maybe it’s the climate. This Mexican thriller (the most watched non-English title on Netflix, before Squid Game, I’m guessing). Episode 1 is titled “It’s Just Sex”, episode 2 is “One Last Night Of Passion”, 3 is “What Common People Call Love” and so on. Here are 10 of the hottest scenes. You’ll wait a full nine minutes until the first nude scene, and 21 minutes for the next.
There are three seasons of this anthology series, with standalone episodes of 30-40 minutes you can snack on without commitment. Some characters recur if you’re looking for a more serious relationship. They’re normal everyday people doing everyday things, and that includes seeking sex of some or any kind. And like real life, this erotic adult series can be awkward or it can be comfortable, from casual hookups to navigating marriages that need spicing up in the bedroom. Or the kitchen. Urban Daddy says it contains some of the best sex scenes on TV.
Normal People (Showmax)
Sex is all things to all people, and that goes for this series too. It can be raunchy, shocking, jaw-dropping, even plain old funny, but it’s also tender and loving, while being imbued with teenage angst. Episode 1 doesn’t go very far but episode two 2 up for that with lots of heavy breathing and lip-smacking kisses. Over 12 half-hour episodes, there are 41 minutes of sex. Whether you think that’s a lot or not is purely subjective, and we don’t need to know, thank you. “In Normal People, the intimacy of these moments between Marianne and Connell is so distinct, especially their first time together, you almost feel like an intruder,” says The New York Times.
Riverdale (S1-4 on Netflix)
Look, I have to be honest here. Other kids had Marvel and DC; I grew up on Archie Comics. Archie, Betty, Veronica, Moose, Midge, Reggie, Jughead and all the rest. It was a more innocent time. There was no murder and there certainly wasn’t any sex in those stories. Nobody ever went to second base. So when I first watched Riverdale and saw Archie steaming up the windows of Miss Grundy’s Beetle, it damaged me in ways I cannot explain.
Yes, yes, I understand the need to stay relevant (I’ve read new Archie comics and seen how they’ve advanced with the times) but there goes a tiny bit of my childhood … although Archie does have delectable abs. I’m human, okay?
Sex and the City (Showmax)
It’s right there in the title. There is a lot of sex in the city of New York and surrounds, over six seasons and 94 episodes, which ran from 1998 to 2004, making this positively vintage viewing. The fabulous foursome – Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha – ate little, drank a lot, wore killer heels, and attended a whirlwind of parties, all with little visible means of support. They also navigated the (mostly single) 30-something sex life. Dip in anywhere and you’re bound to find titillating titbits, from tantric sex to bondage. Knock it for its glamour fantasy if you must, but Sex and the City included many teachable moments.
Six Feet Under (Showmax)
Another oldie but still a goodie. It ran for five seasons (2001-2005) and I watch a few episodes whenever I can. I’m still on Season 1 and I can tell you there are quite a few fleshy sequences so far. David and Keith. David and a twink. Claire and the toe-sucker in the hearse. Brenda and Nate everywhere. It’s not always explicit, and oftentimes fleeting and/or implied, but it can sometimes be mortifying, like when Ruth walks in on Nate giving Brenda oral sex in the front room of the funeral home. There’s full frontal male nudity in Season 1, episode 8, minute 19. Just saying. The guy’s a total … jerk.
The L Word: Generation Q (Showmax)
The “L” word is not lesbian, it’s love, but they are mutually inclusive. We’re all excited about this sequel series, now with two seasons to stream, but do yourself a favour and watch the original show, which ran from 2004-2009 when the world was a very different place (all six seasons are on Showmax). It’s not wrong to call it ground-breaking for its time, being the first to feature an ensemble cast of bi and lesbian characters. The beauty of it is that the sex is from the female perspective instead of the tired and tedious old male fantasy. Guys, they’re not doing it for your enjoyment. Everyone has their favourite character from the series, and mine is Shane, perhaps a little predictably. She’s played by Katherine Moennig (Ray Donovan). Yes please, and Liev Schreiber too.