The politicking on instance, leaks into the bedroom.
Willimon says of political power couple Frank (Kevin Spacey) and Claire Underwood (Robin Wright): “They are not ordinary, so their sex lives aren’t ordinary either.” Some examples of this extraordinary sex include Claire masturbating a dying man, Frank performing oral sex on reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) while she talks on the phone with her father and Claire and Frank engaging in a threesome with their bodyguard.
“We were looking for something that expressed mutuality but also great intimacy,” says Weisberg.
To add an extra complication, they wanted the couple’s daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), to walk in on them as she was trying to snoop for clues about her parents’ secrets.
“It’s difficult to film sex scenes not just because it’s awkward for the actors to be disrobed making out with a colleague in front of a lot of people, but mostly because it’s very difficult to make it look real,” says Beau Willimon, the showrunner of , the award-winning Netflix series about devious politicians.
“You run the risk of pulling the audience out because they’re reminded in that moment that they’re watching a show, and usually you are trying to avoid that.” In many ways, porn has been freeing to TV writers.
“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.
Her friend with benefits, Adam (Adam Driver), takes charge of the encounter and won’t even answer the question of whether he’s putting on a condom.
No longer did kids have to visit a friend with an HBO subscription to see nudity.
Access to graphic sex online spurred networks into what became a nudity arms race.
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.