Netflix has constantly been pushing the boundaries of what is possible with TV series since it launched its first show, ‘House of Cards‘ (2013-2018). Since then, a lot has changed around the world, but what has remained is their ability to create and stream shows that have become the face of television today. They have done so not just by streaming shows that have been critically acclaimed, but by pushing what can or cannot be shown.
Netflix has brought to us shows like ‘Love, Death & Robots‘ (2019-) which is as unique a concept as anything ever seen. They also have been quite free-spirited when it comes to sexual content, which, while never transgressing into porn, has been raunchy, exciting, and a true depiction of what goes on under the sheets. With all that said, here’s the list of really good adult shows on Netflix that are available to stream right now.
18. Grey’s Anatomy (2006 – Present)
‘Grey’s Anatomy’ does not need any introduction. This show about the personal and professional lives of the doctors of the Seattle Grace Hospital is pretty well known around the world. Besides balancing light comedy and romance with intense, dramatic situations, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ features a large, amazing cast that delivers unforgettable performances. Its characters are interesting and complex. It is well worth your time if you are searching for a sexy show.
17. Queer As Folk (2000 – 2005)
Based on the British series of the same name, Queer as Folks follows the lives of five gay men in Pittsburgh. Just like ‘The Office‘ and ‘House of Cards’, ‘Queer As Folk’ is also a remake of an original British show. And as the name suggests, the show is about homosexual men and women and their adventures/misadventures in life. The original series is created by Russell T Davies and its American development has been carried out by Ron Cowen and Daniel Lipman.
The show is mainly based on the lives of five gay men and a lesbian couple. It is quite bold from the start in the ways it has chosen to depict sexual encounters. There are plenty of sexual encounters between boys, scenes of group sex, and even lesbians getting it going. What is impressive about the show is that they have not only depicted homosexual relationships on primetime television, but they have also made all the characters quite interesting and complex. This makes the series a lot more than just a story put together for the sex.
Besides being a riveting drama about friendship, love, drugs, and adventure, the show also takes the opportunity to touch more serious subjects like politics and health issues suffered by gay people. The characters are three dimensional and the actors perform their roles to perfection. Overall, it is an underrated sexy show that will leave you surprised.
16. How To Get Away With Murder (2014 – Present)
This show stars the iconic Viola Davis. Here, she plays the character of Annalise Keating, an established criminal lawyer who also teaches law at a university. She has taken five promising students under her wing who work as interns at her law firm. These five students and Keating become the subjects of the show. Keating has many dirty tricks up her sleeve which come in handy when she helps her clients get away with crimes as serious as murder. Sometimes she turns the case around on the victim himself/herself. The show has its fair share of sexual actions where the professor and the students participate generously. The sex scenes are so packed with moves that Davis seriously injured her back while performing one of them with Billy Brown.
15. Scandal (2012 – 2018)
‘Scandal’ deals with the most high-profile scandals in American politics. The star of the show here is Kerry Washington. Her character Olivia Pope is a professional ‘fixer’ who makes problems go away before anyone even knows they exist. In each episode/season, the team races against the clock to resolve intriguing new problems before they become disasters, while also having to deal with their personal issues. She also has a professional and personal relationship with President Fitzgerald Grant III, played by Tony Goldwyn. Kerry Washington is stunning and captivating as the powerful Olivia Pope and the performances of the rest of the ensemble cast are equally good. ‘Scandal’ will keep you on the edge of your seat because of its intelligent story. Overall, this is a sexy, political series that is slightly underrated.
14. House of Cards (2013 – 2018)
‘House of Cards’ is one of the finest political thrillers in the history of television. The show is a remake of the 1990 British version, but Netflix modified it in some ways to make it more American. Francis (Frank) Underwood is as ruthless a politician as one gets. And when President-elect Walker refuses to give him the position of Secretary of State, Underwood goes on a mission to bring Walker and his close associates down to their knees. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright have done some stunning work in this show. Sex scenes are also aplenty in this series. The relationship between Underwood and reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) gets as steamy as the days go. The show also depicts homosexual relationships, threesomes, and many more.
13. The Tudors (2007 – 2010)
‘The Tudors’ covers the entire rule of Henry VIII during the Tudor Dynasty in England. Michael Hirst is the creator and writer of the entire series. Natalie Dormer became the breakout star of the show with her intense portrayal of Anne Boleyn. Henry Cavill was also a member of the cast for the four seasons. ‘The Tudors’ is a show about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII of England in the 16th century.
The series begins when Henry VIII was growing desperate for an heir and was growing distant from his first wife. With plenty of controversies and betrayal, this drama is a great example of an excellent historical TV show. Although some contest that it is not that historically accurate, the show is very well directed, has great music and excellent acting (you might find some familiar faces). The script is entertaining and mesmerizing; a true candidate for your next guilty pleasure. The eroticism became a huge part of the series and major publications like The New York Times have described the show as a “primitively sensual period drama”.
12. Shameless (2011 – Present)
‘Shameless’ is adapted from a British series with the same name. The Gallaghers are a poor Irish American family with six children, an absent mother, and an alcoholic father. Fiona Gallagher, the eldest, takes care of her many brothers and sister as best as she can. Every episode has a crazy, dramatic situation that one or more of the Gallagher six get into. Its rawness is impeccable. And the performances of the whole cast are extraordinary. Besides that, the script has a perfect balance between comedy and drama. With eight seasons, the characters (and also the actors) grow and face enormous challenges. There are some passionate intimate scenes in the movie involving Fiona’s character. The show has been praised for its acting, dark comedy and depiction of blue-collar families. Most critics have rated the series quite highly and called it a must-watch.
11. Luke Cage (2016 – 2018)
‘Luke Cage’ was the third Marvel series to have been streamed on Netflix after ‘Daredevil’ and ‘Jessica Jones’. It tells the story of a superhero in the Harlem area in New York. Cage is a man who is impervious to physical pain. He has bulletproof skin and the strength of a monster truck. The series is sort of a homage to the 1970s blaxploitation films. Mike Colter plays the role of Cage, a man with superhuman abilities, who tries to build a new life in New York and attempts to bring down the level of crime and corruption in the city. Cage is as good in bed as he is with fighting numerous people at once. And there are some real steamy scenes in the show which will keep you hooked on for more.
10. Orange Is The New Black (2013 – Present)
One of the first original Netflix series, OITB is definitely a show that fiercely pushes the boundaries of television. The series has interesting characters and an even more interesting premise. It is based on a book by a woman called Piper Kerman who had spent time in jail for aiding her boyfriend with laundering drug money. The show is based on what she experiences in a women’s prison. There is drama, comedy, and a whole lot of lesbian sex scenes in this series. We also get a peek into Piper’s sex life during the time she was out of jail.
Nominated six times for the Golden Globes, this Netflix original is extremely engaging and addictive. Although the show has a lot of characters, their development is incredibly well portrayed. In addition, the cast (that includes Piper Chapman, Uzo Aduba, Taryn Manning, Laura Prepon, etc) is immensely talented. The show has been widely praised for dealing with subjects on gender, sexuality, and race with maturity. The black humor, which is one of the most striking aspects of the series, has also been a subject of admiration. The fact that prison life is shown realistically and the characters are not stereotypes is also a positive aspect of the show.
9. Mad Men (2007-15)
‘Mad Men’ is a powerful drama about a prestigious ad agency in the beginning of the 1960s. We follow one of the firm’s most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. There is not a more charming man in the history of TV shows than Don Draper. His life and character development are compelling. And he is clever, cool, charismatic and sexy. HBO certainly nailed it with this one. It is one of the most iconic TV shows ever. Apart from a talented cast where everyone does an incredible job, ‘Mad Men’ has an art department that cleverly puts you in the sixties. The clothes, hairstyles, décor, the incorporation of iconic events into the plot are an important aspect that explains why the show works so perfectly.
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8. Californication (2007 – 2014)
In this show, David Duchovny stars as Hank Moody, an alcoholic novelist struggling with sex addiction and writer’s block in the city of angels. In addition, Hank is trying to win back the love of his life, Karen, with whom they have a daughter, Becca. Hank is a complex, flawed character that you love and hate at the same time. He marks a remarkably refreshing change from the usual liberal “cool parent” attitude. Many observers have pointed out that Moody’s character could have been based on the famous novelist and poet Charles Bukowski. The writing is really entertaining, and the show is filled with talented actors. The series has many rock music references, with many episodes being named after popular rock songs.
7. Gossip Girl (2007-12)
Gossip Girl follows the lives of a group of privileged teenagers on the Upper East Side, New York City. Serena Van Der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Nate Archibald, Chuck Bass and Daniel Humphrey. The show also touches on a lot of things that happen in real life: eating disorders, partying, drugs, drinking, sex. A guilty pleasure with a witty script and some interesting mysteries along the way!
6. Easy (2016 – Present)
‘Easy’ is about an intertwined group of friends in Chicago who fumble through the modern maze of love, technology, and culture. Most of the episodes can be seen as a short film, although the stories are loosely connected. Dave Franco, Orlando Bloom, Kate Micucci and Kiersey Clemons are some of the actors that feature in the cast. Overall, it is a strong adult series about people and relationships.
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5. The L Word (2004 – 2009)
This show can be called an adult version of ‘Friends’. It is about a group of lesbians who usually hang out at a cafe owned by one of them. It is a story about their love lives, passions, dreams and desires. The characters get involved with each other so often that a chart is maintained to keep track of who is with who. Unlike ‘Friends’, this series deals with more serious topics and there are a lot of steamy moments that these girls enjoy with each other. It is a show for anyone who wants to have a healthy dose of drama, heartbreak, and sex. When the series was first released, it became an instant hit with audiences and also got huge critical admiration. It was also the first time that homosexual characters were made the focal point of a show.
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4. Elite (2018 – Present)
‘Elite’ is a Spanish show that has become hugely popular after being on Netflix. The series is centered around three friends who go to Spain’s most elite private school after getting a scholarship. The show is funny and deals with high school students who live and study together. Naturally, there is a lot of steamy moments, both hetero and homosexual, with all the students of their class. There is also a murder mystery which runs parallel to the main storyline. The show has got mixed reactions but some critics have pointed out the fact that it does deliver what it sets out to, and that is definitely a great thing. So all the viewers who love watching teenage dramas, this surely is a go-to show. Netflix has received around 20 million views in the very first month ‘Elite’ debuted on the platform.
3. GLOW (2017 – Present)
‘GLOW’ (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) follows the lives of a group of women trying to make it big in the show business. This Netflix original is based on the women’s wrestling league from the 80s. Alison Brie plays a desperate actress looking for an interesting, empowering role. However, she has not been able to find one for a long time. That is how she ends up on GLOW. Its almost all female cast will remind you of ‘Orange is the New Black’. Already renewed for a second season, ‘GLOW’ is one of the sexiest TV series on Netflix.
2. Jessica Jones (2015 – 2018)
Starring Krysten Ritter, ‘Jessica Jones’ is the story of a former superhero who now leads a quiet life of a private investigator. She is great at her job but is a complete alcoholic. Jessica has no friend except Patty. After her parents died in a car accident, Jessica lived with Patty and her mother. Luke Cage also makes an appearance in the series, and the two hit it off immediately. The show does have some real steamy scenes between the two superheroes. They do need to let off some steam after they’re done saving the world. ‘Jessica Jones’ has received positive reactions from both audiences and critics. Its neo-noir style is highly acclaimed. Fans of detective stories and comic book characters will love this show. What is commendable here is that the makers have tried to make a superhero story as realistic and gritty as possible.
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1. The Borgias (2011 – 2013)
Royal families of the middle ages seem to have a lot of eroticism going around their age-old palaces. This is what shows like ‘The Tudors’ and “The Borgias’ would have us believe. In this show, we follow a Borgia family as they rise to power in the Roman Catholic church. Rodrigo Borgia uses bribery, with the help of his son, to secure his position as Pope Alexander VI. However, he has gained some enemies in the College of Cardinals, who begin to plot against him. ‘The Borgias’ has a solid cast and is paced extremely well.
Also, the sets and costumes are carefully made and the script is extremely well constructed. Almost every scene looks as though it had been lifted in its entirety from a Renaissance painting. With some twists and tricks to keep you on the edge of your seat, this one is a must watch for those who enjoy historical dramas. In the first season itself, we see Pope Alexander VI being made the head of the Christian world using corrupt and foul means. The family is deeply involved in the dark politics of the European kings and their intense and dirty power struggles. The show has its fair share of raunchy sex, and there is also a clear hint of an incestuous relationship within the family.
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