5 Sexiest TV Shows of 2017

Sense8, She's Gotta Have It, Outlander...

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Outlander with Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe

BY: Zak Wojnar

Looking back at the state of television in 2017, all we can say is, “Damn, that was sexy.” There were so many steamy shows this year, it’s hard to keep track of how many truly made our hearts skip a beat, but we managed to narrow it down to a “frisky five,” plus a groundbreaking honorable mention. Let’s swoon at the sexiest shows of 2017!  And be sure to look for the official winner of the Sexiest TV Show 2017 in the PROVOKR Awards, coming the first week in January 2018.

Harlots

Sexiest Shows of 2017 Harlots

Period pieces are sexy. No matter how dirty and morally backwards 18th-century England may have been, there’s no denying the crass sexiness of Harlots.

The British series airs on Hulu in the United States and is a pulse-pounding soap opera which balances camp with drama while taking pride in raising viewers’ heart rates. Old-timey make-up and costumes, frank sexual discussions, and the occasional instance of shocking murder are business-as-usual in Harlots, which goes to great lengths to avoid glamorizing the business; the sex trade was just a matter-of-fact part of the economy, for better or worse.

Outlander

Sexiest Shows of 2017 Outlander

What if Game of Thrones had just as much sex, but was actually romantic? Outlander, based on the critically-acclaimed novels by Diana Gabaldon, answers that question with style.

Although there’s more than enough blood and machismo to satisfy any GoT fan, the core of the fantasy series is its time-traveling love story. Claire (Caitriona Balfe) is a WWII-era nurse who gets transported to 18th-century Scotland and gets involved with a hunky highlander, Jamie (Sam Heughan). Believe us – his sexy kilt goes all the way up.

Big Little Lies

Sexiest Shows of 2017 Big Little Lies

When it was announced that David E. Kelly would team up with HBO to adapt Liane Moriarty‘s Big Little Lies for television, we were intrigued. Then they announced the cast. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern are the holy trinity of beautiful blonde goddesses, and they all star in the miniseries.

The domestic drama has all the tension and claustrophobia of a tightly-paced thriller, and critics ate it up! The series was nominated for sixteen Emmy Awards. It won eight, including acting nods for Dern and Kidman, Outstanding Directing for Jean-Marc Vallée, and Outstanding Limited Series.

The Americans

Sexiest Shows of 2017 The Americans

For five seasons, The Americans has quietly been one of the most consistently excellent shows on television. It’s never gotten as much Emmy love as it deserves, but the uncomfortably nihilistic thriller is hoping to win big when it launches its sixth – and final – season in 2018.

The brutal exploits of undercover Russian agents (played by the perfectly cast Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys) plotting to undermine America seems more relevant than ever in the wake of current events. I wonder why?

She’s Gotta Have It

Sexiest Shows of 2017 She's Gotta Have It

Spike Lee is back! After a string of relatively underwhelming projects including 2013’s ill-advised (and heavily edited) remake of the Korean classic, Oldboy, Lee has returned to his roots for his latest venture, a television adaptation of his first film, She’s Gotta Have It.

Each half-hour episode in the ten-part series is directed by Lee, and fans are hailing the show as a return to form for the beloved director. The series reboots the original movie and dives deeper into its characters than ever before. DeWanda Wise as Nola Darling shines particularly strongly, and she just might be the #1 feminist icon of 2017.

Honorable Mention: Sense8

Sexiest Shows of 2017 Sense8

The most provocative show on Netflix was Sense8. Born out of the collective imagination of the prolific Wachowski Siblings (The Matrix, Speed Racer), and J. Michael Straczynski (Babylon 5) the show explored eight people from across the world who suddenly become mentally linked, leading to sex, action, and heart wrenching drama.

Sense8 was a massive undertaking for Netflix, and each episode of the second season had a reported budget of $9 million. Despite its unanimous critical praise, the series was cancelled after season 2. The fan-backlash led to this unexpected decision led to the announcement of a grand finale for Sense8 in the form of a Netflix Original Movie which is scheduled to premiere sometime in 2018.