10 Incredibly Awkward TV Sex Scenes

Sex on television can be fairly unrealistic. For instance, it’s not possible for someone as cute as Zooey Deschanel to bomb with someone as equally cute as Justin Long (see New Girl episode #8). That said, the bottom line rings true: sex isn’t always pretty. Time and time again we learn that scented candles and starfish lingerie straps prove useless in diffusing the awkwardness of human intimacy. Which is why this Valentine’s Day we’re cutting through the hoopla and spotlighting some of the biggest romantic misfires in television history (no pun intended). And since we’re not total curmudgeons, we’d like to point out that, sometimes, bad sex is beautiful. It can blossom into true love, bring a couple closer together, or even save a friendship. Just click through and see for yourself. And be sure to add your own favorite awkward couplings in the comments!

Seth gets foreplay advice from his dad, The O.C.

The Valentine’s Day Singles’ Gala has arrived and the O.C. is rife with sexual tension. Marissa is throwing herself at Ryan. Luke is throwing himself at Marissa’s mom. And Seth and Summer have sex for the first time. It is not good, which means only one thing: father-son sex talk! Sandy pontificates on the importance of foreplay, which causes Seth to nearly vomit in his mouth. Nonetheless, he takes his dad’s advice and even worse, injury-inducing sex ensues. After the gala Seth and Summer have a heart-to-heart and slow dance to “Wonderwall” (on vinyl) instead of doing the dirty. Wise move. (On a side note, Luke’s “You have always been the coolest mom” line totally worked!)

On his first time: “I did make some faces in the middle that I wish that I could take back, but I can’t. And there’s also sort of a whiney noise that came out towards the end — that probably wasn’t my finest hour. I sucked so bad. I was like a fish flopping around on dry land. Ryan, I was Nemo and I just wanted to go home.” – Seth Cohen