10 Steamy TV Sex Scenes You Won't Believe Made It on Air

It's truly a golden age of small-screen sex.
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Prestige television has not only brought rich storytelling and characterization to the small screen. It has also brought explicit sex to wider audiences... for the sake of art, of course. 

Ever since HBO upended the TV format with The Sopranos, television has taken more way risks than mainstream movies in its depictions of sexuality. Cable may continue to lag, but platforms like HBO, Showtime and Netflix give PornHub a run for its money.

(Photos: HBO & Showtime & HBO)

(Photos: HBO & Showtime & HBO)

Actress Natalie Dormer, star of sex heavy shows like The Tudors and Game of Thrones, once defended the porny direction of TV in an interview with ES magazine: "Sex is part of life, ergo it's part of art. If you're representing real life, then you will represent sex."

Above, the 10 craziest sex scenes you won't believe were actually shown on television, from Boardwalk Empire to Girls.