Critics debate whether we’ve passed the golden age of television defined by shows like —the way intimacy is shown on the small screen has come a long way since 1952 when CBS forbade Lucille Ball from calling herself “pregnant” on national TV, substituting instead the priest-approved word “expecting.” The evolution of sex on TV moved slowly for the next six decades.
Samantha and Darrin shared a bed on increasingly common and with them easily accessible pornography.
That was a specific choice.” After it aired, Vulture called the scene “TV’s most emotionally resonant 69 scene ever.” TIME’s James Poniewozik pointed out that the position “emphasized how sexually egalitarian the show is.” The 69 was simultaneously an act of feminism and realism.
In a drama where two spies set “honey traps” for a living, such relatable moments of intimacy are what have kept it grounded.
So you can really focus once again on character, and those characters can engage in sex the way actual humans do.” Not only have Willimon and other writers made sex essential, but they also have used it to start a conversation about sexual identity, feminism or even our moral fiber.
Writers working for HBO, Netflix and Amazon say they only have to convince their bosses that certain scenes are not “gratuitous.” But while porn may have hastened the arrival of graphic sex on TV, it also presented a problem to directors.“I think there was a pressure for a time for shows and movies to provide that service, and it always felt false because it was like, ‘Here’s the titillating part of the movie.’ It was a marketing technique,” says Willimon.“Now you can’t put anything on TV that’s more pornographic than what’s easily available with a few mouse clicks.But the married-couple sex scene most widely praised by critics in the last several years was one between Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) Jennings, Russian spies masquerading as American suburbanites on FX’s .Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg began season two sitting in their writers’ room trying to list every single sex position known to man.