HBO’s Girls has never been a show that’s scared of showing explicit sex scenes.
Right from its first season, Lena Dunham's scripts showed the reality of sex in all its gritty and cringe-worthy detail, with a refreshing lack of Hollywood gloss.
But apparently, there was one scene that was too much for HBO.
And you should remember that HBO was the network that gave us Game of Thrones, The Sopranos and Sex and The City... So anything they say is too far, must be pretty damn extreme.
The Hollywood Reporter has published an exhaustive oral history of the show, and tucked away in there is an exchange between Dunham and executive producer Judd Apatow, about the one time HBO made them dial things back.
APATOW: From the beginning, we were aware that what we were doing was sexually provocative, and that’s what made it interesting and new and fun. Lena wanted to reveal something that is normally hidden — so often you’re not talking about a giant part of most people’s lives because people don’t want to portray it on film — and that opened up tons of stories that you’re usually not able to tell. But then we had a scene with a conclusion shot…
DUNHAM: It was actually cum arcing through a shot.
APATOW: And HBO said, 'If this is in the show, we could lose our license.' We were like, 'Oh my God, we’ve actually found the line at HBO.'
They would eventually get their wish and show some fluids on-screen in season two, during a controversial scene with Adam Driver and Shiri Appleby.