It's Getting Hot in Here! Prepare to Swoon Over Bridgerton and TV's Steamiest Shows

As Regé-Jean Page and the Bridgerton cast celebrate multiple 2021 Emmy nominations, we looked back on other steamy shows that fans couldn't stop blushing over.

By Mike Vulpo Sep 18, 2021 7:00 AMTags
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They say sex sells, but can it also lead to multiple awards?

It's a question pop culture fans will soon find the answer to when the winners of the 2021 Emmys are announced on Sunday, Sept. 19.

Netflix's hit series Bridgerton is nominated in several major categories including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series thanks to Regé-Jean Page's performance as Simon Basset, the Duke of Hastings.

The historical drama follows an aristocratic family in the Regency era as they try to find love, but the series' steamy scenes are the real draw. Many viewers including superfan Kim Kardashian couldn't stop talking about those NSFW moments in multiple episodes. After all, not every show features a sex scene set to an orchestral version of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams."

Bridgerton isn't the first show to be praised for its story lines and sultry moments. Issa Rae and the cast of Insecure, which has featured multiple romantic story lines, have received multiple Emmy nominations over the years.

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And we can't forget about the ladies of Sex and the City. The show with "sex" in the title won multiple Emmys during its six-season run in the '90s and '00s.

Before the 2021 Emmys kick off this weekend, we're taking a look back at TV's steamiest shows. Prepare to turn up the heat while scrolling below.


Bridgerton isn't your everyday period piece. Based off Julia Quinn's romance book series, the historical drama follows an aristocratic family in the Regency era as they try to find love. Season one told the story of oldest daughter Daphne (Phoebe Dynevor), who found an unexpected love match in reformed rake Simon Basset (Regé-Jean Page), the Duke of Hastings. (Warning: A sex scene set to an orchestral version of Taylor Swift's "Wildest Dreams" will have you sweating.)

Where to watch it: Netflix

Normal People

If you're looking for heartbreak, a coming-of-age story and steamy encounters, look no further! Normal People follows the romantic highs and lows of Marianne (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell (Paul Mescal), who come from different backgrounds but can't seem to quit each other.

Where to watch it: Hulu


In Vida, after their mother passes away, estranged sisters Lyn (Melissa Barrera) and Emma (Mishel Prada) are forced to return to their old Los Angeles neighborhood. During this time, the sisters both rekindle relationships with past lovers, explore their dreams and look to the future. In addition to exploring themes about sexual identity and gentrification, Vida provides plenty of sexy scenes you won't want to miss.

Where to watch it: Starz


It's safe to say that this show is NSFW! The title certainly gives it away that Sex/Life, starring Sarah Shahi, Adam Demos and Mike Vogel, has plenty of sexy scenes, but one moment seems to be the break out. We're, of course, talking about Adam going full frontal for a jaw-dropping shower scene.

And that's just one of the many steamy moments that you can expect from this drama.

Where to watch it: Netflix

Sex and the City

The OG sexy show! Sex and the City follows sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker) and her fabulous friends Charlotte York (Kristin Davis), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall) as they experience life in New York City. Taking a humorous approach at sex, Sex and the City gave a modern look at dating in the '90s and '00s.

Where to watch it: HBO Max


Insecure may be one of the best comedies out there, but it also has its fair share of sexy moments. When we aren't laughing at the misadventures of leading lady Issa (co-creator Issa Rae), we are fanning ourselves off from the show's steamier scenes. We'll never forget the episode where Issa and Nathan (Kendrick Sampson) heat up a Ferris wheel ride with some S-E-X!

Where to watch it: HBO Max

The L Word

The L Word, which ran between January 2004 and March 2009, is a fictionalized look at the lesbian and bisexual community in West Hollywood, Calif. Following a friend group—which includes Jennifer BealsKatherine MoennigLeisha Hailey and more—themes of fidelity, family and identity are explored. Oh, and there are several notable sex scenes too.

Where to watch it: Showtime (FYI, a spinoff, called The L Word: Generation Q, is also airing on Showtime.)


We are telling you this now: Do not watch Outlander with your parents. Yes, the historical drama has everything, including time travel, star-crossed romances, action and incredible fashion, but the steamy sex scenes are not something you want to experience sitting next to Mom or Dad. Warning aside, you shouldn't miss Claire Beauchamp Randall (Caitriona Balfe), a former WWII nurse who mysteriously ends up in 1743 Scotland, as she falls in love with handsome Highlander Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan).

Where to watch it: Starz


Elite may be one the sexiest shows out there. The Spanish teen drama has featured multiple threesomes, intimate first hookups and saucy sex dreams. Intrigued? Season four is out now.

Where to watch it: Netflix


With a name like Shameless, you know you're in for a wild ride with this show. Following the chaotic lives of the Gallagher family in the South Side of Chicago, everything from alcoholism to teenage pregnancy to social class is explored. Of course, the show is also known for its wild sex scenes, which have featured BDSM, voyeuristic pleasure and more.

Where to watch it: Showtime and Netflix

True Blood

More than just a supernatural drama! True Blood follows the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a half-fairy waitress with the ability to hear people's thoughts. Along the way, she falls for a 100-plus-year-old vampire, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). If graveyard sex is your thing, than you'll definitely enjoy True Blood.

Where to watch it: HBO Max

The Affair

As you may've guessed, The Affair explores how extramarital activities affect those involved and their loved ones. Starring Dominic WestRuth WilsonMaura Tierney and Joshua Jackson, the sexy drama ran for five seasons between 2014 and 2019.

Where to watch it: Showtime and Peacock

The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience is an anthology drama series that follows the double lives of high-end escorts. Season one starred Riley Keough as law student Christine, who turned to sex work to help pay her bills. Along the way, Christine discovered corruption at her internship and a thrill for her escort work. It's safe to say that this is one of the steamiest shows out there.

Where to watch it: Starz


Sex, drugs and drinking were the chaotic themes at the heart of Californication, which ran for seven seasons between 2007 and 2014. David Duchovny played the series' hedonistic lead Hank Moody, who engaged in many sexy activities.

Where to watch it: Showtime


The romantic and professional lives of 20-somethings in an NYC-based friend group is featured in HBO's hit, Girls. The series, which ran for six seasons between 2012 and 2017, was unafraid to show the unglamorous moments of post-college life. This meant lots of realistic sex scenes, nudity and more.

Where to watch it: HBO Max

Secret Diary of a Call Girl

The title alone should've been a giveaway that this is a pretty steamy show. Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which starred Billie Piper during its four-season run, takes a closer look at the escort industry in London. The show was equal parts comedy and drama as it tackled a unique approach to sexual encounters.

Where to watch it: Tubi

Visit E!'s 2021 Emmy Awards page for a recap of TV's biggest night.