16 of the Most Controversial TV Sex Scenes

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Twenty years ago, you would have hardly ever seen sex referenced on TV. On rare occasion, you may have caught a heavily veiled reference to bedroom activities, or seen a little bit of foreplay in the form of a chaste, close-mouthed kiss. A post-coital under the covers scene was pushing the envelope, and any allusion to same-sex love was totally off the table. But things have progressed over the last few years, and, for better or worse, TV has been slightly more open about how babies are made.

It’s not been without controversy though, especially as some viewers wish this part of adult life would stay far away from their living rooms. On that note, here are 16 of the most controversial TV sex scenes — some of these literally started protests.