When my older sister convinced me to start watching Outlander a month ago, I was feeling meh about it. There were four seasons to catch up on, and that seemed like a big commitment for someone so busy I’m triggered by first-date questions like: “So, what do you like to do in your free time?” (Umm, what is “free time,” silly Tinder match?)
And yet, it took me literally only 15 days to parse through 55 episodes of the show. (That’s 55 hours, btw.) It was… well, addicting. If you love Game of Thrones, know a little something about history, and enjoy watching sexy men walk around in skirts, you’ll stan the blossoming romance between a hot Scottish man and his gorgeous English, aka “Sassenach,” lover.
But as a sex and relationships editor, the plot line—which is GOOD!—isn’t even the best part. It’s the titillating sex scenes that are seriously the best porn you’ll find with your Netflix or Starz subscription. Just take a peek at this YouTube compilation:
So, obviously I dedicated an entire article to all the juicy sex scenes this show has given us these past four seasons. This list goes in chronological order, so feel free to read and watch with or without a vibrator right next to you. Light spoilers ahead, my friends:
1. Frank and Claire explore Castle Leoch (Season 1, Episode 1)
The first episode of the series takes place in the 1940s. Frank Randall, an English historian played by Tobias Menzies, wanders around an old castle with wife Claire Beauchamp, played by Caitriona Balfe. During the scene, Claire sits on a wooden table and Frank shines a flashlight on her as she spreads her legs. “Why, Mrs. Randall, I believe you left your undergarments at home,” he says, and homeboy proceeds to go down on her.
2. Claire and Jamie’s wedding night (Season 1, Episode 7)
War Chieftain Dougal Mackenzie, played by Graham McTavish, convinces Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, to marry Claire in order to avoid handing her back over to the English military. While Jamie and Claire’s sexual tension builds, and builds, and builds throughout the all of Season 1, nothing sexual happens until they have to consummate the marriage in this episode.
The scene starts with light touching and the undressing of each other, which then accelerates to a super heavy make-out and animalistic sex. (FWIW: I re-watch this scene on the reg.)
3. Jamie tells Claire a blacksmith fashioned her wedding ring from his key to Lallybroch (Season 1, Episode 9)
“I had the blacksmith fashion your ring from my key,” Jamie tells Claire after literally pledging his loyalty to her with a sword (aww, cute 1800s shit!). Claire looks lovingly into Jamie’s eyes as he says, “You are my home now” and if that didn’t already make you horny with all the feelz, the next few minutes will: They strip each other of their clothes and have sex right there on the floor—with Claire on top because she’s very clearly HBIC.
4. Jamie refuses to answer the door because he’s too busy going down on Claire (Season 1, Episode 10)
Yeah, this scene is about as sexy as it gets. The camera pans from Claire in the midst of her orgasm, to shots of Jamie in between her legs. When Claire becomes distracted by the pounding on their door, Jamie drags her legs back down and says, “no.” So, yeah, it’s pretty much one of the best scenes in, dare I say, cinematic history.
5. Jamie fingers Claire on their way back to Lollybroch (Season 1, Episode 11)
On their way home to Lollybroch, Claire and Jamie share an intimate moment by their campsite one evening right after Jamie learns Claire’s low-key actually from the 1900s. Jamie starts kissing and touching a sleeping Claire until she wakes up. Claire says, “I want you inside me,” to which Jamie responds, “No, I want to watch you,” as he PG-13 fingers her.
6. Jamie and Claire do the deed one final time before she passes through the stones (Season 2, Episode 13)
Knowing what the future entails for The Battle of Culloden, Jamie takes Claire back to the stones so she can pass through and return back to her time safely. Before she passes, Jamie and Claire spend a moment in the grass for what they think is essentially I’m-never-going-to-see-you-again sex. Yes, this scene will make you horny, but you may also have tears in your eyes.
7. Claire masturbates to thoughts of Jamie while lying in bed with Frank (Season 3, Episode 2)
Claire lays beside a sleeping Frank as she masturbates to thoughts of Jamie. She pictures him lying beside her as she touches herself and moans increasingly louder. (A bit of a risky move with another guy lying in bed with you, but alas).
8. Claire and Frank have sex again… but Claire won’t look Frank in the eyes (Season 3, Episode 2)
In an attempt to move on with her old life, Claire promises Frank that she’s going to try to be more present. After a dinner party with another couple, Claire and Frank have a nightcap in the living room where they start fumbling with each other’s clothes and laying by the fire. It’s hot… until Frank tells Claire to open her eyes and look at him, which she obviously doesn’t do because, spoiler alert, she’s thinking about Jamie the entire time they’re effing.
9. Jamie has sex for the first time since Claire left (Season 3, Episode 2)
Six years without Claire, a broken Jamie tries to feel pleasure again with Mary, the maid at Lollybroch. She offers herself to him as tears stream down his face in his first attempt to be intimate with someone besides Claire.
10. Jamie takes Geneva Dunsany’s virginity (Season 3, Episode 4)
Okay, NGL, it’s a little hard watching sex scenes between Jamie and anyone besides Claire. But alas, here we are in this episode when Geneva Dunsany, played by Hannah James, decides she’d rather have Jamie take her virginity than the old-aged suitor her father arranged for her to marry. If I didn’t ship Jamie and Claire so hard, this scene would be pretty hot: Jamie meets her in her room late one night and essentially shows her how to sex with slow, long kisses.
11. Claire and Jamie find their way back to each other’s worlds (Season 3, Episode 6)
In what seemed like an excruciatingly long wait, Claire is finally reunited with Jamie back in his time and nearly twenty years later. I mean, the dude literally faints as soon as he sees her. As they catch up on their child and the nearly twenty years they lived apart from each other, the build-up becomes painfully excruciating. When they make their way to Jamie’s place, which is ironically in the upstairs room of a brothel, they share dinner together and Jamie asks her to bed. Claire tells Jamie, “do it now and don’t be gentle” and that’s exactly the sex you can expect to watch.
12. Young Ian loses his virginity to a barmaid (Season 3, Episode 7)
Jamie’s nephew Ian, played by John Bell, joins a quest to lose his virginity after learning his friend and confidant Fergus, played by César Domboy, lost his virginity in a ménage à trois. He serenades the barmaid in his uncle’s print shop as he tells her “I’ll do whatever you want.”
13. Claire and Jamie get frisky on the boat (Season 3, Episode 11)
Jamie and Claire are reunited after both coincidentally washing ashore an unfamiliar island. On their voyage back to Paris, Claire gets tipsy off of Mr. Willoughby’s turtle soup (made with “special” broth—which is maybe a reference to an aphrodisiac back in the 1800s? Unclear) But for the first time since Jamie and Claire were reunited, they ditch the romantic/passionate sex and trade it for fire-y, steamy sex on a literal desk.
14. Brianna and Roger consummate their marriage (Season 4, Episode 8)
Claire and Jamie’s daughter Brianna, played by Sophie Skelton, follows her mother through the stones, which prompts Brianna’s love interest Roger, played by Richard Rankin, to follow her through the stones as well. Once Roger finds Brianna in the 1800s time period, he asks for her hand in marriage and conducts the ceremony himself. There, they lie beside a fire in the living room on a blanket. Good luck making it through the few minutes of this titillating scene without having to excuse yourself to your room…
15. Brianna catches Lord John with the lawyer at Aunt Jocasta’s house (Season 4, Episode 11)
In one of the very few non-hetero sex scenes in this series, we *finally* have a glimpse of Lord John Grey, played by David Berry, getting it on with a lawyer he met at Jamie’s Aunt Acosta’s dinner party for Brianna’s hand in marriage. If I had to guess, season five will (hopefully) be filled with more love for our fave Lord John Grey!