The Most Viral Nude Television Scenes of All Time

Break the internet.


There are nude scenes on TV, and then there are NUDE SCENES ON TV. The kind of scenes that definitely warrant all caps due to their ability to send the internet into a complete frenzy, start twitter trends, and end up in the 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.

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1 Hodor on 'Game of Thrones'

Look, if you asked us whether we were expecting Hodor to wander out fully nude mid-episode of Game of Thrones, the answer would be no. And if you're wondering whether his penis was real, the answer would ALSO be no. This moment was truly shocking and unexpected—even given GOT's known love for nudity—and the internet is barely recovering seasons later.

2 Alexander Skarsgard​ in 'True Blood'

Before Game of Thrones, there was True Blood—HBO's resident show known for excessive nudity. The thing is, most of the on-screen nudity was female-focused, and many people were wondering when one of the male stars would go full-frontal. True Blood delivered during the Season 6 finale (actually, in the very last scene) when Alexander Skarsgard's Eric was seen sunbathing in the nude.

3 Colin Firth in 'Pride and Prejudice'

Okay, so this isn't technically a nude scene, but it is a wet-shirt-clinging-to-body scene—and probably PBS' most viral moment to-date. Colin Firth's dripping wet emergence from a lake was enough to sustain thirsty Masterpiece Theater viewers (hello, me!) for years to come, and is part of the pop cultural fabric of our lives. (The iconic moment was even referenced in Bridget Jones.)

4 ​Janet Jackson in The Super Bowl

It happened on TV, so yes, we are including the time Justin Timberlake accidentally 👀 exposed Janet Jackson's nipple in the middle of their Super Bowl halftime performance.

5 Matthew Rhys in 'Girls'

Remember when this Girls episode was on and you were like "la, la, la, fun times watching Matthew Rhys guest star in my favorite problematic show!" and then you were like "Holy hell is that a penis?" The internet was fully shook by this moment, and poor Matthew Rhys spent weeks talking about his prosthetic.

6 Lena Headey in 'Game of Thrones'

Cersei's nude walk of shame was a extremely talked-about moment in Game of Thrones—mostly because of the speculation over whether or not Headey used a body double. She did—and she was unfairly criticized for it, which also became a thing.

"Some people thought I was less of an actress because I didn’t get my tits out," she said. "The thought of being naked for three days and trying to contain her in the way she would be I think I would feel very angry. I didn’t want to be angry. I don’t think Cersei would be angry. I did what I thought she would do, emotionally."

7 The Old Man Butt in 'Sex and the City'

Raise your hand if you will always and forever remember the scene in Sex and the City where Samantha tries to have sex with an older man, then sees his butt, and is like 🙅? [Cut to all hands the world over being raised.]

8 The Random Soldier's Penis in 'War and Peace'

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.

9 Chris Meloni in 'Oz'

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.

10 Lena Dunham in 'Girls'

Girls frequently featured various members of the cast naked, but the internet lost it over the episode where Lena Dunham's character spends the day nude in a Brooklyn brownstone—and even plays ping-pong without a shirt or bra. Not a big deal, but you know how Twitter can be.

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