Netflix aims to please all tastes: You’ve got your family comedies, your B-grade horror movies, handsomely maid dramas, more anime than most of us know what to do with. But sometimes you just want something, well, a little sexy.
TV sexiness is of course in the eye of the beholder and so hard to define. But it’s about more than simply watching naked people pretend to have sex (though as The Borgias proves, that has its pleasures). It has to do with a certain sensibility, which can come in the form of mature romantic comedy (She’s Gotta Have It) or PG fare like New Girl. Or even the widely talked-about The Queen’s Gambit. (If Anya Taylor-Joy’s chess oneupmanship doesn’t have you feeling a certain way, you may be watching the wrong way.) Netflix may not be the most sex-forward platform out there—it’s no HBO—but there’s still lustiness to go around.
Here are 25 shows on Netflix right now that are undeniably sexy, in ways obvious and more subtle. Just as important, they’re entertaining, from thoughtful prestige programming to the kind of inane reality TV you put on when you want an enticing half-watch.
Too Hot to Handle
If junky reality TV is your thing, you can’t do much better than the ridiculously entertaining Too Hot to Handle. Essentially Netflix’s answer to Love Island, it brings a cast of very-sexy-only contestants from around the world to an idyllic private Mexican location. Literally based on “The Contest” episode of Seinfeld, it’s hosted by a prudish virtual assistant named Lana who takes prize money away from them every time the cast members it on. Which is pretty much all the time.
The Queen’s Gambit
Who knew chess could be this libidinous? While it’s short on actual sex, The Queen’s Gambit imparts Anya Taylor-Joy’s every match with the push and pull of a lustful tease. It doesn’t hurt that Taylor-Joy is a former model, or that her competitors are way too good-looking to be chess phenoms.
Creator Joe Swanberg (Drinking Buddies) assembled this anthology series following various Chicagoans as they figure out love, sex, and the chaos of modern life. It’s hit or miss, but there’s enough talent in the cast to keep it compelling. Don’t skip the threesome episode with Orlando Bloom, Malin Akerman, and Kate Micucci.
She’s Gotta Have It
Spike Lee has a reputation for densely political movies (the masterful BlacKkKlansman), but he doesn’t get enough credit for how damn hot his work can be. It goes back to his seminal She’s Gotta Have It (1986), which he’s turned into a Netflix series centered on a liberated Brooklyn woman navigating romance among three men.
If you haven’t already watched it, do yourself a favor and binge Weeds, the mature-rated Showtime series about a suburban mom who resorts to selling cannabis to prop up her lifestyle. It’s sexy in the way everything Mary-Louise Parker does is sexy.
Premium cable isn’t afraid of throwing a little (or a lot) of sex and nudity at the screen to keep you plugged to a drama show. A story about a Chicago family struggling with their alcoholic father (William H. Macy) may not seem like a likely candidate, but there’s plenty of titillation along the way.
The sex appeal of Outlander is legendary at this point. The historical fantasy is as much about being transported back to brutal 1700s Scotland as it is about characters finding solace between the sheets.
Historical dramas about dynasties love to get explicit, and few do it like The Tudors. The lush Showtimes series stars Johathan Rhys Meyers as King Henry VIII, a married man who took mistresses as he pleased.
The light, frothy Zooey Deschanel sitcom is one of the better network comedies to come out in recent years, with a cast that has legitimate chemistry. There’s nothing outrageous here—just attractive people trying to figure out love (and frequently stumbling).
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