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13 Bad TV Sex Scenes That Taught Us Something

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    Note: This story was originally published on July 14, 2016.

    We've all witnessed it — the awkward looks, the role play gone awry, and the uncontrollable sobbing. Watching your favorite TV characters have awful, hide-your-eyes-in-sorrow sex is a harrowing experience. But it can also be an enlightening one.

    How many of us learned to check for guardrails before knocking boots on a roof from watching a guest star plunge to the end of her contract? Or that "jackrabbit sex" is truly not okay (unless you're actually into that sort of thing)? Sure, great sex is fun. But it's the mistakes and mishaps that we can really learn from.

    These are the sort of lessons they don't teach us in sex-ed. Cue up the streaming services and grab a pen; you may want to avoid these pratfalls IRL.

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    Felicity & Noel, Felicity (1999)
    Getting it on in a dorm is always tricky. But even Team Noel diehards questioned their allegiance after the pair's awkwardly drawn-out plan to finally do the deed goes awry. Results: the death of an iMac, a Christmas-tree fire, and no actual sex. Score one for Team Ben.

    Lesson: There's something to be said for spontaneity.

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    Jerry & Elaine, Seinfeld (1993)
    After Elaine confesses that she never had an orgasm when she and Jerry dated, he begs for 30 minutes to prove his skills between the sheets and save their friendship. Elaine thinks it's a bad idea — and she's right. Jerry's too psyched out to perform and Elaine gets some quality time with a magazine.

    Lesson: If your best friend is also your ex, maybe think twice about revisiting that honey pot.

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    Christian & Gina, Nip/Tuck (2008)
    These two carry on a love-hate sexual relationship for five seasons of Ryan Murphy's twisted series, with most of the hate falling on Christian's side. Gina, a sex addict with borderline personality disorder, usually has a bomb to drop — like claiming to be pregnant with his child (when he's not the father) and revealing that she has HIV and he (and all his previous partners) should get tested. When she devises to win him back and he's finally had enough, Christian fucks her right off the edge of a building.

    Lesson: Check those railings — and your lover's mood — before dropping trou on a rooftop.

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