TV Threesomes That No One Asked For

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For a lot of TV series, their sizable episode orders can make it difficult for the writers and show runners to produce a string of original, fresh content on a weekly basis. Occasionally, the pressue can lead to those shows delivering viewers with the kind of TV threesomes that no one asked for, and we're not talking about just love triangles or throuples here, either.

We're not talking about the moments when shows had awkward sex scenes. We're talking about actual uncomfortable TV threesomes that left viewers desperate to change the channel and wondering if the scene was even needed. The scenes in question have to do a lot to gain validity amongst viewers, and it doesn't come as much of a surprise, then, that most of these wild TV threesomes failed to do that.

From standard teen dramas all the way to HBO comedies, here are some of the most memorable TV threesomes that just went too far.


  • When trying to decide when an intimate scene is gratuitous and when it's justified, it's best to look at what ramifications/impact it may or may not have on the show's characters or story. And if the answer to that question is "there won't be any," then it's likely the scene in question is, indeed, gratuitous and unnecessary.

    That's, unfortunately, the case with this Gossip Girl threesome between Dan and his girlfriend, Olivia, and their friend Vanessa, which happens solely because Olivia realizes neither she or Dan have participated in this type of intimacy. Since they're hanging out with Vanessa at her apartment at the time too, Olivia decides that it's the perfect time to check that off her bucket list. 

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  • Like most of Degrassi: The Next Generation's storylines, this threesome storyline between Esme, Frankie, and Zig took the characters farther than it really should have. From the very beginning, the addition of Frankie to Esme and Zig's relationship felt like nothing more than a gimmick, and the series never did much to develop any actual emotions between the three of them.

    Instead, it was an excuse for the show to make a string of jokes, none of which led anywhere, and all of which fell flat.

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  • The set-up for this love trio is pretty straightforward. Alan reaches an agreement with his girlfriend, Lyndsey, in which he will get to participate in some action with another woman, but only if she'll get to have one with Ashton Kutcher's Walden. But just because it has one of the more believable premises on this entire list, doesn't make this scene seem any less unnecessary.

    The comedy between Walden and Alan preparing to get it on at the same time with the same partner garners some laughs, but not nearly enough to warrant its existence.

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    E, Sloane, And Tori In 'Entourage'

    E, Sloane, And Tori In 'Entourage'
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    Like many things dealing with Entourage, this scene was unnecessary in just about every way imaginable. Considered a twist because it let the usually unlucky Eric "E" take part in a three-way between two attractive women, one being his girlfriend and the other her friend, the scene itself is gratuitous and dripping with the male gaze in an unnecessary, uncomfortable way.

    The incident had absolutely no impact on any of the three characters' respective storylines, either.

  • Carol, Susan, And Ross In 'Friends'
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    If there was one character that no Friends viewer expected to ever take part in group action, it would have been Ross, which is probably why they thought it was a good idea in the first place. But the writers also didn't realize that most viewers also didn't want to see Ross doing so, no matter how comedic it might be.

    It was weirdly funny, as Ross was relegated to the sidelines of a scene between his girlfriend, Carol, and Susan, a woman who from Carol's gym who had grown attracted to her.

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    Cardinal Andrew And An Unknown Man And Woman In 'The Young Pope'

    Leave it to HBO's The Young Pope to offer up possibly the most uncomfortable intimate scene out of any on this list, purely because of its taboo nature. A sudden moment of graphic displays, the scene features Cardinal Andrew Dussolier engaging in a three-way between an unidentified woman and man.

    Aside from its unexpected nature, the scene feels unnecessary and gratuitous in a number of ways, not the least of which is that it features an actual Catholic Cardinal at the center of it.

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