August 11, 2022

People watch Netflix for all kinds of reasons. Sometimes you want The Irishman and sometimes you want The Ridiculous Six. Sometimes it’s a nature doc night, and sometimes it’s all about true crime. And sometimes, it’s all about setting the mood — after all, Netflix and Chill didn’t become a common colloquialism for no reason! If you’re Netflix and Chill is becoming more of a Binge-Watch and Chill, we’ve got you covered with the steamiest, sexiest shows on Netflix right now.

Fair warning, that doesn’t mean these shows are straight-up sexy all the time. Many of them are campy or soapy thrillers, some are inventive fantasy or quiet, dialogue-driven dramas, but some of them get downright dark and weird along the way. But they all feature standout love scenes, heightened sensuality, or a good old-fashioned love triangle to set the mood.

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Elite


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Romantic entanglements, high drama, and murder are all part of everyday life in Netflix’s steamy Spanish series, Elite. Set in the fictional Las Encinas, an elite school in Madrid, the series focuses on the class dynamics of the wealthy student body when a trio of working-class students is accepted into the school. As if high school isn’t hard enough, each season revolves around a murder that the students are somehow embroiled in. Despite that gloomy backdrop, every episode of Elite is created to make you hot under the collar. There’s a romantic storyline for everyone—intrigue, betrayal, forbidden romances, doomed couples, ménage à trois, and love triangles—this show has it all. You’ll find yourself rooting for some couples and baffled by others, but you will never be bored because all the characters are larger-than-life personalities with compelling stories. The show has found a way to become sexier by the season and has even expanded to include Elite: Short Stories, bite-sized fillers to make you hot and bothered in-between seasons. – Monita Mohan

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You


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Whether we like to admit it or not, there’s something intoxicating about serial killers. And few serial killers are as charming as Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley). While TV shows usually depict serial killers as cold people incapable of creating human bonds, Joe’s motivation for committing horrendous crimes is love. And you know what goes hand to hand with love? Sex! Lots of sex! You explore the raw nature of relationships, giving sex the spotlight as Joe does whatever he can to create meaningful connections with other human beings. That’s already reason enough for You to be one of the sexiest TV shows on Netflix, but the series also allows the viewer to follow Joe’s every thought, which forces us to understand even his most despicable actions as motivated by the need to create human bonds. Just watch out to not get lost in the sexiest side of You; the show is still about a villain. — Marco Vito Oddo


Sex Education


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This Netflix series focuses on the teens of Moordale High as they navigate the awkwardness of puberty, sexuality, and high school. Sex Education tackles serious topics around sex, sexuality, and gender identity while still being fun and incredibly horny. Characters deal with a variety of issues such as pain with sex, navigating a non-binary identity in a binary world, and feeling self-conscious about their orgasm face. Students Otis (Asa Butterfield) and Maeve (Emma Mackey) open a secret “clinic” to answer their peers’ questions about sex and relationships that their woefully inadequate sex education program isn’t covering. They create a space where their classmates feel safe and understood in their troubles, away from the judgment of others. Sex Education humanizes sex in a truly unique way by showing the parts of it that aren’t typically considered sexy on-screen. It makes communication and vocalizing your needs sexy. It makes being vulnerable feel sexy. It doesn’t poke fun at anyone’s lack of knowledge, but instead creates an open dialogue for healthy conversations to happen both on and off-screen. – Brynna Arens


Bridgerton


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Yes, Bridgerton is well-known for its incredibly horny sex scenes, but where this series truly excels is in the build-up. Bridgerton is set in regency-era London, which means that touching of any kind before marriage is greatly frowned upon. The brief touches, glances, and moments alone that occur between Simon, the Duke of Hastings, (Regé-Jean Page) and Daphne Bridgerton (Phoebe Dynevor) during their courtship are honestly just as hot as the scenes that come during their honeymoon. The tension builds across so many episodes that by the time Simon and Daphne finally sleep together, it’s not just the lovers that feel a sense of relief. But Bridgerton has even more to offer than sex. The series balances its horny energy with plenty of romance, mystery, drama, and scandal to keep you hooked on Simon and Daphne’s story. – Brynna Arens


Sense8


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Netflix has become known as the home of algorithmic-driven content, but in fairness, they are also home to some of the most insanely imaginative original creations in TV‌ history. Thanks to the streamers willingness to play outside the TV rating rule book and get absolutely weird with it, we got series that would have never been greenlit elsewhere. Shows like The OA. Shows like Sense8. Created by The Matrix auteurs Lana and Lily Wachowski and Babylon 5’s J. Michael Straczynski, Sense8 follows a group of eight strangers who discover they are telepathically linked, connecting mentally and physically from all over the world, and have to discover the strengths in each other that will help them survive the people trying to hunt them down. That sounds like a fairly conventional set-up for a superhero adjacent narrative, but Sense8 takes a hard left at every expected opportunity, resulting in one of the most gleefully strange and sensual genre-heightened character dramas out there. And there are probably more orgies than you’re expecting.


Easy


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An anthology series from Drinking Buddies filmmaker Joe Swanberg, Easy follows the love lives of an interconnected group of friends and strangers in Chicago, and it’s one of the most undercelebrated early entries in Netflix’s original series lineup. Boasting an ensemble cast that includes Elisabeth Reaser, Michael‌‌ Chernus, Dave Franco, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kiersey Clemmons, Marc Maron, Zazie Beetz, Jake Johnson and many, many more, Easy tells contained stories about folks from all walks of life trying to navigate the modern landscape of love and dating, tackling subjects like polyamory, Me Too, and lots of online dating with refreshing depth and candor.

Some characters only appear once, like Karley Sciortino’s high-class hooker, who has to navigate different forms of intimacy with her clients, while some recur throughout – most notably Reaser and Chernus as a longtime married couple whose desire to spice up their sex life leads them to a sometimes beautiful, sometimes heartbreaking journey into an open marriage. It’s all highkey horny, but it’s also genuinely thoughtful about the once-taboo subjects its tackling. And sometimes, it’s just swelteringly hot, like the one-off episode starring Orlando Bloom and Malin Ackerman as young parents who discover they just missed the world of online dating and wind up courting a threesome. Like all anthologies, the quality varies from episode to episode, but the consistent throughline is the integrity with which Easy treats its characters, its commitment to crafting gripping drama with high emotional stakes, and yes, the horniness.


Orange Is the New Black


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Orange Is the New Black was a game-changer for Netflix’s original series programming, but it was also a game-changer for inclusive feminist storytelling, following the diverse lives of the women in a minimum-security women’s prison. Embracing women of all ages, races, and sexualities, Orange Is the New Black carved out a place to put a spotlight on the stories that don’t usually get told on television – and made it must-watch TV with a knockout ensemble of performances, tightly-crafted narratives that are as gripping as they are often heartbreaking, and a healthy dose classic cable network sexytimes. But the sex in Orange Is the New Black doesn’t feel exploitative or cheap, though it can be refreshingly goofy, giddy and campy at times, it’s another highlight in the series’ inclusion, offering an honest look at queer sexuality and the complicated, sometimes corrupt power dynamics in sexual relationships, endowing an unprecedented spectrum of bodies and beauties with a place to claim that sexuality for all the good and bad it entails.


The Witcher


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The Witcher was known for a lot of things before the novel and gaming series made its way to Netflix; an epic and engrossing fantasy, a curt but charming silver-haired monster-hunter named Geralt of Rivia, Geralt’s deep and abiding loyalty to his steed, generational sagas of romance, family, and duty. And of course, the bathtub scenes. There’s nothing‌ Geralt loves more than his steed, except maybe a good bath. Lauren‌ Hissrich’s delightful Netflix series adaptation didn’t skimp on any of the beloved hallmarks, and that includes the sexy-as-heck bathtub scenes. Starring the absurdly beefy and square-jawed Henry Cavill as Geralt and Anya Chalotra as the powerful sorceress Yennefer, The Witcher keeps things steamy without ever losing track of the goofy sense of humor that makes it such a pleasure to watch. Just look at the sheer annoyance on Geralt’s face when he makes his way through Yennefer’s magic-fuelled orgy and you’ll have a pretty good sense of the tonal balance. In short, it’s both hot and a hoot.


She’s Gotta Have It


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Inspired by Spike Lee’s breakthrough film of the same name, Netflix’s 2017 She’s Gotta Have It series (created by Lee himself) sees the return of Nola Darling, played here by DeWanda Wise and originated by Tracy Camilla Johns in the 1986 film, a self-described “sex-positive, polyamorous pansexual” young woman juggling her three lovers in gentrified modern-day Brooklyn while striving to find success as an artist. Lee’s original film was celebrated as a revolutionary representation of black female sexuality, and the series continues proudly in that tradition, exploring Nola’s sexual relationships without defining her by them – even more so in the series, which sees Lee return to the material a matured filmmaker, smart enough to steer clear of the punishing rape scene in the original (a choice Lee singled out as his one regret in a 2014 interview.) Instead, Netflix’s unfortunately short-lived She’s Gotta Have It has been celebrated as an empowered and empowering exploration of the black sexual experience, expertly updated to today’s culture, with all the cheeky comedy intact.


How to Get Away with Murder


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There is perhaps no one better in the game at the moment when it comes to blending procedural intrigue, soapy drama, and sexy romance than Shonda Rhimes. The Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice creator turned towards the realm of courtroom dramas with murder mystery twist, and gave it her signature sprinkle of operatic dramatics underpinned by lusty liaisons in How to Get Away with Murder. Anchored by a leading performance from Viola freaking Davis, hitting weekly home runs to such dramatic heights, each is like a little Oscar-worthy performance in its own right, How to Get Away with Murder follows lawyer legend Annalise Keating (Davis) and her cabal of ambitious law students when they wind up in an ever-escalating web of violence, sex, lies, love, and of course, murder. Bonus points for featuring some of the more progressive, thoughtful and anti-tragedy porn depictions of the HIV‌ positive experience.


The Magicians


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Lev Grossman’s celebrated trilogy of fantasy novels earned a reputation as a college-aged Harry Potter by way of Narnia, and the Syfy series adaptation lives up to that reputation in every way – in fact, it often surpasses it. As a fantasy series that’s distinctly for adults, The Magicians can be profane, twisted, wickedly clever and yep, very sexy. Though it’s rarely quite as overtly thirsty as the photo above (which takes place in a very nerdy but oh-so-sexy dream sequence), The Magicians is without a doubt a horny show. Set in a college-level school for the magically gifted, the series follows a group of young adults contending with romance, relationships, their growing gifts, and potentially world-ending evils that lead them to a magical land called Fillory and all the wonders therein. It’s a challenging, emotionally complex series that balances its most provocative and fantastical elements with rewarding, thoughtful character arcs (and keeps it sexy all the while.)


Outlander


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Starz has a well-earned reputation for setting the bar when it comes to pushing the boundaries of on-screen sex, but no one’s ever done it as beautifully as Outlander. Based on the beloved series of books by Diana Gabaldon, Ronald D. Moore’s Starz adaptation stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Hueghan as Claire and Jaime Fraser, two lovers from different eras, thrown together by a mysterious timey-wimey flux that allows their epic love story to travel through imperative moments of world history. Just as each new location challenges their relationship in new ways, each new love scene unfolds a new dynamic between them. Outlander is a master class in storytelling through action, it’s just a different kind of action. You won’t find any crass sexposition or set dressing via nude extras here, each sex scene works as much as a character beat as it does extremely effective eroticism, and the result is a seductive, sensual period romance you’ll want to binge for all the right reasons. Fair warning, Netflix only has the first three seasons right now, so you might just wind up with a Starz subscription if you’re impatient to see the rest.


Scandal


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Another steamy network drama from Grey’s Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder creator Shonda Rhimes, Scandal dominated ratings and watercooler conversations for seven seasons with the story of Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope. A former White House Communications Director who makes the move to start her own crisis management firm and winds up facing a few PR‌ crises of her own when her secrets threaten to come to light. Namely that she’s sleeping with the president (Tony Goldwyn), her former employer, which is about as high stakes as a secret romance can get. And of course, stakes and secrecy always make the story sexier. Throw in assassination attempts, spies, and a smoldering NSA‌ director (Scott Foley), and Scandal is jam-packed with the sensational drama that has made Rhimes such a juggernaut success.


The Vampire Diaries


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Vampires are inherently sexual. The power, the seduction, the penetration, the exchange of body fluids… it’s not subtle. Fortunately, neither is The Vampire Diaries, the long-running CW‌ series that follows the vampiric brothers Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) Salvatore and the teenage girl, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who shares a mysterious bond with them. Feelings run deep on The Vampire Diaries, tempers run hot (especially‌ Damon’s), blood runs cold, and everybody runs from lover to lover over the course of 8 bonkers seasons of world-building and relationship drama. From the get-go, the series had the perfect construct for stoking desire and longing in the audience – the pull between the whimsical romance of the Vampire with a good heart and the wild, hedonistic brother living his best vampire life. (It’s a classic love-triangle archetype of the vampire romance because it works.) And The Vampire Diaries wastes no opportunity to lean into the angst, the agony of the ecstasy, and vice versa, particularly in the exceptional first two seasons, which are a pure delight of breakneck propulsive, story-driven genre.


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