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[[caption-width-right:350:It's what America wants to see.]]
A parody of [[ImmoralRealityShow sex-obsessed "reality" shows]] by ''Website/TheOnion''. We follow the six contestants:

* '''Alex''', an [[AttentionWhore attention hungry young woman]] [[PerkyGoth dabbling in the alternative]].
* '''Derek''', a black homosexual man and [[OnlySaneMan the sanest of the bunch]].
* '''Erin''', [[ShrinkingViolet a shy virgin from a small town]].
* '''Frank''', a middle-aged married man, who's participation is the result of winning a contest.
* '''Jay''', an enthusiastic fratboy.
* '''Tara''', [[ValleyGirl a bubbly airhead]].

During the show they are going to live together in a isolated house which will hopefully results in lots of sex and drama and high ratings for the network. This being The Onion, things quickly take a turn for the worse. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL622682EF88B3C077 here]].
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!!''Sex House'' contains examples of:
* [[spoiler:AccidentalMurder: The housemates take the Sybian repairman hostage and chain him up in the mold room. When Derek later suggests they release him because he has nothing to do with keeping them imprisoned, they discover that the mold has killed him.]]
* AlcoholInducedIdiocy: [[spoiler:Frank apparently drinks enough that cheating on his wife with an eighteen year-old virgin seems like a good idea.]]
* AngstComa: [[spoiler:Erin goes into one after having drunk sex with Frank. [[TookALevelInBadass She gets better.]]]]
* {{Asexuality}}: The Host.
* AttentionWhore: Alex, though after [[spoiler:getting thoroughly rejected and insulted by the Host, she gets better]].
* BlackComedy
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler:What happens to the Sybian repairman in episode 8.]]
* BrainlessBeauty: Tara and Jay, [[spoiler:at least at first]].
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:''Everyone, [[AttentionWhore even]] [[CaptainOblivious Alex]].'']]
* [[spoiler:BuryYourGays: Derek, the only gay housemate and OnlySaneMan, is the one who is dying of malnourishment in the series finale.]]
* CanonWelding: According to [[WordOfGod co-writer Michael Pielocik]]; Frank is a cousin of Kim from the ''Lake Dredge Appraisal'' show. They don't see each other very often.
* CaptainOblivious: Alex. She's the last of the housemates to realize [[spoiler:that they are ''not'' in a good situation]].
* CaptainObvious: Jay at one point: "We need food to live, because we're humans."
* CatFight: The Host tries to start one of these between Alex and Erin in episode 7 when [[spoiler:both of them are under the influence of the "[[FantasticDrug cloudy drink]]."]]
* [[spoiler:CerebusSyndrome]]
* CharacterDevelopment: Surprising, considering one side of the show is a parody of RealityTV and the other is [[spoiler:encroaching very quickly onto horror territory]].
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The Sybian is used to lure in the repairman and is used as an escape drill. The white mold spreads to an entire room and ends up killing said repairman.]]
** [[spoiler: And ends up [[{{Irony}} used as a cure]] for a disease in the Philippines.]]
* ChivalrousPervert: Frank, despite not being able to keep it in his pants, at least tries to be a nice guy.
* ComedicSociopathy: The series runs off this and BlackComedy.
* ConfessionCam: Used frequently, as this is a reality show parody. Somehow, the contestants keep finding themselves in front of it even when they're going through hell.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: The network running the Sex House.
* [[spoiler:CrapsackWorld]]
* [[spoiler:CureYourGays: Derek alleges to have become straight in the reunion episode. However; His dialogue implies that he has a unrequited crush on Coolio.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Derek, the only gay man on the show, can be one at times.
* DirtyOldMan: Frank, who is married with two kids, won a ''pizza'' contest to be on the show and claims that he's not going to have sex. [[spoiler:He is the ''only one'' who has had sex in the house (besides those he had sex with, obviously). He cheats on his wife with a teenage virgin and again with a fraud therapist who was roleplaying his wife. He has gotten Erin pregnant, and maybe the therapist.]]
* [[spoiler:DisasterScavengers: The cast become these after they're abandoned by the network.]]
* [[spoiler:DistantFinale: Episode 9 occurs twelve "christs" since the show was abandoned, after which Erin's baby has been born and the cast have started a tribal civilization within the house.]]
** [[spoiler: {{Subversion}}: it turns out that 9 is the penultimate episode, and the finale is a reunion episode. It isn't explained how the cast are now vapid reality stars on the outside.]]
* TheDitz: Tara parodies this archetype. [[spoiler:She gets smarter as the situation becomes more dire.]]
* [[spoiler:DownerEnding: The cast has gone tribal within the house after being abandoned by the producers. They don't try to escape once they can and have developed rituals as they live off the little nourishment they have left.]]
* [[spoiler:DrivenToMadness: All of the housemates, as well as the camera crew, to the point that when they're given a chance to escape, they choose to keep themselves confined.]]
* EverybodyHasLotsOfSex: The premise and goal of the series. [[spoiler: Turns out people aren't horny when kept prisoner, malnourished and poisoned, not to mention all totally incompatible with each other, Jay and Tara excluded.]]
* FantasticDrug: [[spoiler:The "cloudy drink" supplied to all the residents in episode 7.]]
* [[spoiler:FesteringFungus: The room where they stash the moldy food cultivates this very quickly. In episode 8, the repairman the cast kidnaps ''dies'' in there because of it.]]
* FetishRetardant: InUniverse. Everyone finds Alex's attempts to be seductive very unappealing.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Plenty in the first episode. [[spoiler:From Jay tapping on a faulty lightbulb in an almost empty back room, over Erin accidentally breaking off a handle on a cabinet, to Derek's comment on how there is more alcohol than food in the house]].
* GenreShift: Goes from a somewhat lighthearted parody of {{Reality Show}}s, to a full-on GenreDeconstruction with copious amounts of BlackComedy.
* GoryDiscretionShot: [[spoiler:We don't see the results of Frank taking a hammer to his genitalia.]] {{Aversion}}: [[spoiler:We get to see a broken bone sticking out of the skin of one woman's leg.]]
* GroinAttack: [[spoiler:Frank inflicts a serious one on ''himself''.]]
* HanlonsRazor: [[spoiler:The horrible things that happens to the housemates aren't intentional, but rather the result of the producers and the staff on the show being either grossly incompetent, stupid, lazy, cheapskates, or some combination thereof]].
-->[[spoiler:'''Derek''': "To call this place 'evil' implies a clarity of purpose that I do not want to attribute to anyone involved."]]
* HiddenDepths: All over the place, despite the best efforts of the editors.
** Tara seems like your typical airhead, but [[spoiler:she's the only one who realizes the drugs are poisonous.]]
** Tara and Jay, in a subversion of RealityShowGenreBlindness, realise that the reason they're so compatible is because casting agents realised they would be compatible, and choose not to have sex.
** Jay looks like a typical JerkJock at first, but [[spoiler: when the group go mad, he becomes a sweethearted farmer.]]
** Frank looks like a rather pathetic figure in the first episodes, but ends up [[spoiler: beating the crap out of the mysterious masked man and leads the group when they succumb to StockholmSyndrome.]]
** Erin is a naive country girl who [[spoiler: comes out of an AngstComa with MamaBear tendencies.]]
* {{Hipster}}: Alex.
-->'''Alex''': Soren Damgaard is the ''hottest'' thing going now. ''I've heard of him.''
* HoYay: Invoked and [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]]. Or at least attempted exploited. The Host tries to force [[spoiler:the ''drugged'' Derek and Jay]] to have sex in episode 7, though all that ends up happening is [[spoiler:that Derek very awkwardly lies on top of Jay while sucking on his own shirt]].
-->[[GuyOnGuyIsHot "You will appeal to]] [[YaoiFangirl a demographic of millions!"]]
* IncompatibleOrientation: Derek is the only gay guy in the house, to his disbelief. [[spoiler: The producers of the show appear to not understand Sexual Orientation, if not sex in general.]]
** Alex tries to come on to the Host, but he's asexual.
* InterruptedIntimacy: [[spoiler: What stops Jay and Tara having Sex altogether and realizing their circumstances are a bit fucked up. Before this, Erin's crying and the smell of a dead animal underneath the floor put them off.]]
** [[spoiler: The mould stops Frank and Alex "experiencing each other's bodies".]]
* InUniverseCamera: The cameramen actually appear in the shot at one point.
* {{Jerkass}}: Danny Vullmer, the comedian. Jay at times.
** [[spoiler:The entire cast in the reunion episode.]]
* [[spoiler:KnockoutGas: The Mist.]]
* [[spoiler:LawOfInverseFertility: Frank, a married man and father of two, gets the virginal Erin pregnant on her first time. He later has sex with the fraud therapist and gets ''her'' pregnant as well.]]
%%* LetsGetDangerous: Frank.
* MadnessMantra: [[spoiler:"Cloudy drink kills frog. ''Cloudy drink kills frog.''"]]
* MasochistsMeal: The regurgitated bananas that Erin [[spoiler:''almost'']] drinks in episode 6.
* [[spoiler:MateOrDie: The producers are denying them fresh food and drugging the cast in the hopes that it motivate them to have lots of sex.]]
* MoodDissonance: The contestants are going through hell while the editing tries to impart the standard reality show cheeriness and sense of drama.
* MushroomSamba: [[spoiler:The unnamed "cloudy drink".]]
* NatureLover: Tara sure does love those frogs.
* NoNameGiven: The Host, who refuses to divulge any information about himself.
* [[spoiler:NoSexAllowed: The cast agrees to not have any sex and refuse to play along when they all realize they're in a very disturbing situation. Frank fails.]]
* [[spoiler:NotQuiteDead: Frank in episode 8. We see his lower half from a ceiling camera as he gets mercilessly beaten by a man in a mask. When he enters the room where the rest of the cast is hiding, we get this exchange:]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Frank''': I got him. I got the masked goon.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Erin''': How did you do it?]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Frank''': I wasn't afraid of dying because I thought I'd already died.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Quite a few dramatic and even heart-warming events have vaguely to alluded both in-series and by [[WordOfGod the writers]]. Justified by the InUniverse producers rigorously editing the footage in post-production, and leaving a lot of things on the cutting room floor.
* OnlySaneMan: Derek, [[spoiler:although the other housemates eventually also come around to realize how screwed up things are]].
* OnTheNext: In style of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' the "Next Time on Sex House" previews are in part used for small one-off gags that don't actually appear in the next episode.
** However, there are also actual previews of the next episode as well, somewhat confusingly.
* ParlorGames: The gang play Truth or Dare. Awkwardness ensues.
* {{Pixellation}}: Used when appropriate. One does wonder if it might not defeat the purpose of the show.
* PregnantBadass: [[spoiler:Erin becomes one after pulling herself out of her AngstComa and [[TookALevelInBadass Taking a Level in Badass]]. A particularly intense moment for her was when she was fully willing to drink a [[MasochistsMeal bucket full of regurgitated bananas]] for the sake of her baby.]]
* [[spoiler:PrisonerExchange: Played with in that the housemates seem to be attempting this in order to trade their hostage for ''themselves''. It doesn't end well. See AccidentalMurder above.]]
** [[spoiler: Primarily they just needed his tools.]]
* RealityShowGenreBlindness: Played with. At least at first, [[spoiler:only Derek understands the seriousness of the situation and treat it like a normal RealityShow]].
* RememberTheNewGuy: Parodied with the Host, who shows up for the first time in episode 4 and is bewildered that none of the housemates recognize him.
-->'''Tara''': Who ''is'' this guy? [[LampshadeHanging He's acting like he's been here all along.]]
* RunningGag: The Host keeps knocking over the ''SettlersOfCatan'' board.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler:Thanks to the clamped, extremely unhygienic and outright harmful surroundings, ''everyone'' eventually succumbs to this]].
* [[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere Sealed House in the Middle of Nowhere]]: [[spoiler:Subverted in the penultimate episode. The Sex House is in the middle of town; the cast can escape but decide against it.]]
* [[spoiler:SelfHarm: Frank appears to mutilate or sever his genitals at the end of episode 8.]]
* [[spoiler:SlidingScaleOfComedyAndHorror: Begins at the comedy side, and rapidly accelerates to the horror side over the course of the series.]]
* SmallSecludedWorld: The Sex House is a fairly spacious apartment with no windows and locked doors. As time goes on, its inhabitants start to feel the isolation more and more.
* [[spoiler:SoapOperaDisease: Derek comes down with one in the final episode.]]
* StealthParody: There are, as typical for TheOnion, a number of people who believed the first episode was a legitimate reality show (and have never heard of TheOnion). (To be fair, it was convincingly well acted and edited.) Later episodes have declining viewership (as typical for Youtube serials) but it's funny to wonder how long some people kept on believing...
* StraightGay: Derek. The show, however, tries desperately to portray him as a CampGay.
* [[spoiler:StockholmSyndrome: The cast manages to take down the board covering up the window in the SeriesFinale. They're in the middle of town. They put it back up, having gone mad inside the house.]]
* [[spoiler:SuicideAsComedy: Tara casually remarks the frogs remind her of her "suicide brother".]]
* SurveillanceAsThePlotDemands: There's even a camera in the ''toilet''. This is the final straw for Derek.
* TearsOfRemorse: In episode 8, [[spoiler:after the cast accidentally kills the Sybian repairman]], Erin gets these while the others react in MyGodWhatHaveIDone fashion.
* [[spoiler:ThwartedEscape: Happens in episode 8 to the housemates by means of a [[WhiteMaskOfDoom masked]] [[AxCrazy psycho]].]]
* ThereAreNoPolice: Nobody complains about the blatant immorality of the show. [[spoiler:When the housemates start starving and their living conditions become dismal, there is no intervention by the authorities. It gets especially odd when taking into account that the show is being ''broadcast'' on TV, and yet none of the friends or family members of the cast ever appear.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: The entire cast eventually does, culminating in episode 8, where they [[spoiler:attempt an escape]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler:Again, the entire cast, by the reunion episode.]]
* {{Twitter}}: The Host has one [[https://twitter.com/SexHouseHost here.]]
* TwoferTokenMinority: Derek who doubles as the token black and the token gay participant. The joke is about how ''TheRealWorld'' and similar shows will have a gay character who is rather awkwardly around when the housemates are at a bar flirting around.
* UnfortunateImplications: InUniverse. Derek points out this is the case with him being [[spoiler:shackled up while being the only black housemate.]]
* TheVoice: A deep voice will often give instructions through loudspeakers, much to the annoyance of the contestants. [[spoiler:In the last episode, the deep voice is revealed to have been an audio technician who developed a crush on one of the contestants.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: [[spoiler: After the cast are drugged.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Tara''': After I realised the bottles were poison we all induced vomiting until we felt better. *cue upbeat guitar music*]]
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: It's been announced there will be a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJmw9LTu_0k&list=UUfAOh2t5DpxVrgS9NQKjC7A&index=1&feature=plcp 10th and final episode.]] The 9th episode had been presented as the last (the EndCredits even ran), though the producers had teased another.
** Said episode is [[spoiler: a reunion episode, as typical for reality shows. It's not explained how it follows from the end of episode 9, but the cast have now become vapid reality stars: Derek is "Ex-Gay" and writing for Coolio, Erin gave her baby up for adoption to focus on her blogging career, Frank and Jay are writing movie scripts together and Alex is dating the announcer who stalked her. Oh and the mold is used in a vaccine to cure disease.]]
* WhamLine: From Episode 9:
-->[[spoiler:'''Alex''': We should put it back up.]]
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