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What are the Steamiest Scenes in TV History?

When you think of sexy TV scenes, what comes to mind? Meredith accidentally losing her panties after sleeping with Derek on Grey's Anatomy? David Caruso's Detective Kelly baring his butt with Amy Brenneman on the premiere of NYPD Blue? Melrose Place's Amanda having her way with Grant on her office desk?

Those scenes have made Buffy the Vampire Slayer scene where Buffy and Spike beat each other up as foreplay as the steamiest scene of all time.

That one doesn't really surprise me, nor does the No. 2 pick: Kate and Sawyer's cage-sex from Lost in 2006. But there are a couple that seemed out of place — like the scene from the first episode of Saving Grace last Summer where we meet Holly Hunter's character buck naked and mid-tryst. Sure, it was hot, but it's not like we knew the characters yet — and I think TV sex scenes seem steamier the longer you've been waiting for them.

Then again, I might consider putting the initial Nate Fisher/Brenda Chenoweth sex-in-the-closet scene from Six Feet Under on my list, as well as the car wash interaction Ally has with a stranger in the Season Three premiere of Ally McBeal. What about you? Do you you agree or disagree with the TV Guide picks? And what's missing? To see TV Guide's full list, just


  1. Buffy and Spike beat each other up before sex, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 2001.
  2. Kate and Sawyer do it in his cage, Lost, 2006.
  3. Meredith loses her panties, Grey's Anatomy, 2006.
  4. Father Ralph and Meggie sin on the beach, The Thorn Birds, 1983.
  5. Maddie and David finally give in to each other, Moonlighting, 1987.
  6. Grace's naked introduction, Saving Grace, 2007.
  7. Det. John Kelly and Janice Licalsi show their backsides, NYPD Blue, 1993.
  8. Number Six and Dr. Baltar's alien/human encounter, Battlestar Galactica, 2004.
  9. Amanda and Jake's office-desk sex, Melrose Place, 1994.
  10. Cherie and Shane's poolside romp, The L Word, 2007.

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TypeAVampire TypeAVampire 9 years
Spike/Buffy. Best scene in telelvision ever. Period.
gruaig_rua gruaig_rua 9 years
You are all making me want to see that Buffy/Spike scene.... Sawyer and Kate's cage-sex was HAWT! :DROOL:
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I don't know that specific scene from the L Word that they are talking about but the most disturbing one I have ever seen is a very pregnant Tina getting some action from Helena. It just seemed so wrong.
Brendelwoman Brendelwoman 9 years
I agree with Buffy, Moonlighting and The Thorn Birds. Those are my top 3. I watched Moonlighting as a kid and couldn't wait for Maddie and David to get together. I sort of watched it over and over on the VCR and "Be My Little Baby" will always have a special place in my heart. I am aging myself here. And The Thorn Birds is the based mini-series ever. Great book, too. The rest I haven't seen.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I think a lot of the Soap Opera scenes can be pretty hot.
fasttalkingdame fasttalkingdame 9 years
Yessss, Buffy and Spike for the win!!!! :) There are plenty of great Spuffy scenes, but that is, of course, the classic. Though I must admit that the Sawyer/Kate cage-sex is nearly a tie in my mind! So those are good choices!
rosey rosey 9 years
Erm, the L-Word gets a mention, but no love for QAF? That first scene between Brian & Justin, oh. my. god. Oh and that Ally scene you mentioned is hot hot hot too. TV Guide sometimes makes questionable choices.
Tres-Chic-NY Tres-Chic-NY 9 years
i would switch 1 with 3
Jessamyn Jessamyn 9 years
I think the Buffy / Spike scene was great! Plus, Sawyer and Kate :D
Slightly-Mad Slightly-Mad 9 years
#1, agreed.
robinesque robinesque 9 years
I'm with fleurfairy!! Excellent choice! From the list, EVERY time "The Thorn Birds" is on, I wait for that scene on the beach. The priest finally gives in to temptation after all those years. Wicked!!!!
robinesque robinesque 9 years
I'm with fleurfairy! Excellent choice!
DreaAST DreaAST 9 years
obviously, my vote would be for derek and meredith!
PollyPrissyPants PollyPrissyPants 9 years
Wow - couldn't agree with #1 more! There was a lot of build-up to that scene and when it finally happened, I felt almost voyeuristic watching it! That was one realistic and hot portrayal of two tv characters gettin' it on. Plus - that was a huge moment in the show in general so I think that probably added to the "tension"... Man...I really miss that show.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
Well ,I would say the scene in the woods in the season finale of The Tudors but I have a feeling they're only talking about network channels here.
ErieIndiana ErieIndiana 9 years
I don't know if that is THE steamiest scene from the L word, that show is sometimes like soft-core porn.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
The Nate Fisher/Brenda Chenoweth sex-in-the-closet scene from Six Feet Under is definitely on my list!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 9 years
Buffy and Spike hell yeah I'm still not over that whack a$$ ending of Buffy.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I met James Marsters at a buffy convention and all that was running through my head (besides "i hope i dont have a booger hanging out my nose) was that scene......whew...its hot in my office right now.
dannysf dannysf 9 years
Maybe it can be a little too in-your-face, but I'd definitely have to add some scenes from Nip/Tuck into the mix!
indielove indielove 9 years
That scene from the L Word was NUTS.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
As soon as I saw the headline of this post, I was like "BUFFY AND SPIKE!" That scene was so sexy that it made me blush. I mean, Spike had her up against the wall and was thrusting and Buff was making sex face. It was VERY obvious. Bow chica bow wow...
steen steen 9 years
I have to agree with #1!
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
ha, the image of a David/Brenda sex scene just made me laugh really hard. Thanks for catching that brain fart!
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