TelevisionAugust 11, 2017

The most memorable sex scenes in New Zealand television history


In this rare Spinoff sealed section, Lucy Zee rounds up some of the most memorable sex scenes in local TV history. 

I hate sex scenes. They’re awkward, unnecessary and – the worst – they’re grossly unrealistic. But New Zealand can’t seem to get enough of a steamy romp and a glimpse of a muscled male arse on their local telly. These are some New Zealand shows that feature a sex scene in their first few episodes: 

  • Outrageous Fortune
  • Street Legal
  • Filthy Rich
  • Shortland Street
  • Westside
  • Almighty Johnsons
  • Step Dave
  • The Strip
  • The Blue Rose
  • Rude Awakenings
  • Go Girls

Unfortunately, I have a life outside of watching television but, I promise you, the list goes on. As much as I don’t like a sex scene, I do understand that a lot of people love it. There’s nothing more erotic than watching two professionals covered in makeup and sprayed on abs, simulating a physical attraction necessary to drive a storyline forward.

So, just for you perverted heathens, here are a few of the most memorable sex scenes in NZ TV history.

Shortland Street’s first sex scene


If the only version of Chris Warner you’ve seen is the ‘Please tell me that is not your penis’ version, you’ll be surprised to find out that 25 years ago Chris Warner was a young, taut, hot-blooded Kiwi male. He was a poster boy Kiwi stud, and the perfect man for your mum to fantasise over.

So it makes sense that, in the first ever episode of Shortland Street, Dr. Chris Warner walks into an exercise studio, makes sexy eye contact with the instructor and has a lil’ bang sesh in the locker room.

Yes, the show your grandma likes to watch after tea time was a raunchy, borderline softcore pornography show in 1992. The scene is short – just two fit bodies and a bit of sideboob – but, in classic Kiwi tradition, it’s not a successful TV series unless there’s a sex scene in the first 10 minutes.

Loretta loses her virginity on Outrageous Fortune















One of my favourite New Zealand actors is Antonia Prebble, who in Outrageous Fortune played a highly intelligent, angsty teen from West Auckland called Loretta West.

Loretta’s super pretty, sexually active sister Pascalle taunts her, calling her “oldest virgin in West Auckland” and Loretta ends up having sex with her dad’s security guard Paul… Who ends up becoming Shortland Street’s own TK Samuels. I was just as shocked as you are to find out that Ben Mitchell hasn’t been a fake doctor his entire career.

In the episode they end up having sex all day, until Paul suddenly catches feelings (but Loretta isn’t having a bar of it).

Him: “Do you want to see me again?”
Her: “No offence, but no.”


Gerald’s sex scene in Shortland Street

The New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority get a lot of complaints. They received 174 formal complaints in 2016 which, considering that TV is a supposedly dying industry, is quite a big number. So that’s about three disgruntled grandmas and angry dads to deal with a week.

In 2008 on a mild April evening, Shortland Street aired an episode which involved two male characters, undressing and kissing, preparing for an intimate, physical act. Lewis Cross of Balclutha was shocked and appalled that “TVNZ is prepared to accept it is suitable family viewing to show a pair of men undressing, getting into bed and one disappearing under the blankets to obviously start oral sex with his mate”.

He also added:

“I have enough of a problem explaining to younger kids what might just be happening under the bed clothes if that had been a heterosexual couple.”

The complaint was upheld on the basis of breaching “Standard 1 Good Taste and Decency” and “Standard 9 Children’s Interests”. TVNZ defended this scene by saying that the same scene with a heterosexual couple would not have breached broadcasting standards.

I couldn’t find the video of the sex scene itself, but I drew a comic of how I think it went down from memory:

Cartoon sex in Bro’Town

During its run, Bro’Town really pushed the boundaries for New Zealand television. The show had sex jokes, poo jokes, a wry commentary on socioeconomics and even had more cameos than a Jono and Ben skit. A topic that was touched on quite often in the series was sex, naturally a very easy theme for a core cast of four teenage boys to riff jokes about.

In one episode, Sione, prone to the occasional surprise bone, seduces his pillow and gets caught by his mother dry humping it with his pants down. This might have been the first animated sex scene on a New Zealand TV show.

You might be thinking “a pillow isn’t a person, it doesn’t count as sex.” but unlike some people I’m not here to kink shame a cartoon character. People are free to love who they want and whatever they want.

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