20 TV Shows You Should Never Watch With Your Parents

Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in Bridgerton.
Regé-Jean Page and Phoebe Dynevor in Bridgerton. / Liam Daniel/Netflix © 2020

Even for adults who enjoy close relationships with their parents, an unexpected sex scene in the middle of a show can be uncomfortable if they’re mere feet away from you. Sticking to censored network television can help you avoid the issue, but it’s hard to steer clear of all the popular offerings on cable channels and streaming services—especially if you’re not aware that a show features a lot of nudity.

Netflix’s Bridgerton, for example, is ostensibly a highly stylized series about well-to-do socialites during the Regency era. Considering that classic Regency romances—like all Jane Austen adaptations—mostly comprise glances, waltzes, and the occasional chaste kiss, it seems like Bridgerton would be a safe option to watch with parents. But as many unwitting viewers discovered the hard way when the first season dropped over the holidays, the characters go far beyond G-rated behavior.

According to a survey from UK-based retailer OnBuy, 81 percent of all 3255 participants deemed the series too awkward to watch with parents. It was just two points shy of taking first place, which went to Hulu’s Normal People. The TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel centers on a modern-day relationship between two young Irish adults, and it’s been praised for both its realistic portrayal of sex and its equal airtime for male and female nudity.

While Bridgerton’s risqué nature surprised some viewers, certain series have titles that serve as obvious hints—like fourth-place finisher Sex Education and Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which took the 11th spot. The sex and nudity in other shows on the list, like Game of Thrones and Outlander, have been referenced frequently enough that most people know what they’re signing up for if they decide to watch with parents.

See the full list below to help you decide what to binge (or what not to binge) with moms, dads, grandparents, guardians, and anyone else a few decades older than you are.

1. Normal People // 83 percent
2. Bridgerton // 81 percent
3. Orange Is the New Black // 78 percent
4. Sex Education // 75 percent
5. Game of Thrones // 73 percent
6. Big Mouth // 72 percent
7. The Inbetweeners // 70 percent
8. Pose // 69 percent
9. It’s a Sin // 67 percent
9. Skins // 67 percent
10. Euphoria // 66 percent
11. Secret Diary of a Call Girl // 64 percent
12. You // 62 percent
13. American Horror Story // 61 percent
14. Fleabag // 60 percent
15. Girlfriends // 58 percent
16. Insatiable // 56 percent
17. Outlander // 53 percent
18. Sex and the City // 51 percent
19. The End of the F***ing World // 50 percent