Is Beach Heat: Miami Merely Skinimax? Or Truly Porn?

The Miami: Beach Heat formula calls for flimsy bathing suits and an even flimsier plot.​It's called Miami: Beach Heat. And if you're horny as a bitch in heat, this show's for you. The Showtime series, which is filmed in a Fort Lauderdale studio, might even cross that ever-so-subtle line from Skinimax fare into erotica.

Even members of the show's cast aren't sure which it is, as evidenced by this New Times article.

We'll decide for ourselves. The NSFW trailer for the show, after the jump.


The series is directed by Bill Fisher, one of the entrepreneurs behind Bangbros.com. An excerpt from the interview he gave to Miami New Times reporter Gus Garcia-Roberts, at Lester's Diner in Fort Lauderdale:

Fisher says there are about three sex scenes per episode, but they are "in no way gratuitous." He adds that the actors are always secretly wearing underwear or a "big Band-Aid" over their privates. "Is it sexy? Yeah, it's really sexy. But soft-core by definition means that there's a hard-core version of the same sex scene floating around, and that's not the case."

Let's begin our analysis by checking to see whether the show meets the Supreme Court standard for obscenity. If so, then it's not protected by the First Amendment.

1) It must be "prurient" in nature.

With three sex scenes per episode? Check.

2) It "lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value."

Surely there's at least one CPR scene on a show about lifeguards, which could have some educational or social value. But that's followed by some brain-cell annihilating dialog, plus a sex scene. Fail.

3) It depicts sex in a "patently offensive way," causing an "affront" to "contemporary community standards."

OK, South Florida's contemporary standards are pretty loose. That alone saves the day for Miami: Beach Heat.

And to be fair, half the shows on prime time could flunk this test. (What's the artistic or political value of Two and a Half Men?)

But judging by the trailer above, this is not an honest effort at drama, even if Fisher promises that later episodes will "develop the characters." How? By giving them boob jobs?


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