13 of "Girls'" most cringe-worthy sex scenes

The show has broken so many barriers displaying sexuality on TV -- but that doesn't mean we always enjoyed watching

Published March 29, 2015 12:00AM (EDT)

Lena Dunham and Nick Lashaway in "Girls"    (HBO)
Lena Dunham and Nick Lashaway in "Girls" (HBO)

I'll be the first to applaud Lena Dunham and the rest of the "Girls" cast for pushing the envelope (really, really hard) when it comes to portraying realistic sex on television. The HBO series has gained notoriety for its depictions of sex that is messy, not particularly pleasurable for the characters and, quite often, even less pleasurable to watch. Hannah Horvath and co. have had the sort of sex that breaks barriers when we see it on the small screen, but that doesn't mean we've watched it all without cringing a bit along the way.

As with most of the situations in which the girls of "Girls" find themselves, their most difficult-to-watch sex scenes usually don't give viewers that feeling of secondhand embarrassment because of the sex itself -- rather, it's because of the way the characters respond to the experience. Does that mean "Girls'" most uncomfortable sexual moments are all funnier out of context? Relive 13 of them below and decide for yourself.

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