There are nude scenes on TV, and then there are NUDE SCENES ON TV. The kind of scenes that definitely warrant all caps, thanks to their ability to send the internet into a complete frenzy, start Twitter trends, and end up in the more...um...colorful corners of the web (yes, I'm talking about Pornhub). Here are the TV nudity moments that pulled a Kim Kardashian and truly broke the internet.
When Alexander Skarsgård and HBO team up, internet-breaking nudity follows—and the internet collectively agreed that the actor put the "big" in Big Little Lies after Skarsgård's full-frontal moment in the show. According to The Wrap, however, the big moment actually featured a big prosthetic.
Penny Dreadful provided fans with plenty of memorable moments of nakedness, but the one that stands out above the rest is the one when Jonny Beauchamp's character, Angelique, stripped down for a full frontal scene in a brothel.
"Nudity was my one big fear as an actor, the one thing I never really thought I would be able to do," Beauchamp told TV Insider. "In the theater, it's a little different. But to go full frontal for my first big TV project was daunting. I'd be lying if I said I didn't lose sleep over it."
Back in 2016, BBC aired a production of War and Peace (the same one that aired on Lifetime over here in the U.S.). Pretty standard BBC-y stuff, right? WRONG. Viewers were left in complete shock when a soldier walked out of a lake with his penis on full display. It's like, one moment you're sitting in the living room for nerdy movie night with your family, the next you're dealing with on-screen genitalia.
Westworld fans got very used to nudity—usually of the full-frontal variety—during the show's first season (see Thandie Newton's shoutout later in this list). But, when Simon Quarterman, who plays Delos employee Lee Sizemore in the series, bared ALL in season 2, the moment was as unexpected as it was welcome.
"It's not often that we see a man naked," Quarterman told Vulture of the scene. "It's a rare thing. Women have to reveal a lot all the time, and it felt so in keeping with what we were doing with the themes and with the tables being turned. And obviously, doing it with Thandie, who spent most of the season last year naked. I found it incredibly powerful, actually. When we were shooting, I was very clear to the team that they could shoot it however they wanted to. I thought it was important for that scene to happen."
Chris Meloni spent much of Oz naked, but the scene where he peed definitely qualifies as a viral nudity moment. Apparently, the actor himself asked to pee on camera rather than use a prop or special effects. Truly method acting!
After she was done making the YA circuit in the Percy Jackson movies, but before she was a big screen "Baywatch babe," Alexandra Daddario bared all on True Detective in a scene that firmly established that she was all grown up.
In most cases, butts barely count as nudity, but the internet went collectively bonkers when Tom "Loki" Hiddleston gave the world a quick peek at his in The Night Manager.
Pretty much everyone in the cast of Westworld has to strip down at some point (although Anthony Hopkins will probably prove a permanent exception). The hosts are almost always naked when they're being repaired, rebooted, or reviewed. For most of the actors, this means sitting (literally) robotically in a chair while nude. For Thandie Newton, whose character, Maeve, becomes self-aware during the show's first season, the non-sexual nude scenes got a lot more involved.