This Valentine’s Day, tune in to IFC for “Night Flight Presents: Dr. Ruth Good Sex Special”

By on February 12, 2018

At midnight on Valentine’s Day this week — that’s 12 o’clock a.m. on Friday, February 15th, for you east coasters, and 9pm February 14th for you west coasters— tune in to IFC to watch our “Night Flight Presents: Dr. Ruth Valentine’s Day Special,” which will feature some of the coolest Dr. Ruth clips we have in our Night Flight Plus collection.

This half-hour TV special features the diminutive sex therapist Dr. Ruth‘s frank and sometimes stimulating discussions with special celebrity guests — including Burt Reynolds, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Seinfeld and many more — culled from her vintage ’80s-era television shows, particularly her “Good Sex” TV series (which was first launched as half-hour 10pm weeknight show on the Lifetime network back in 1984).


We went back to the vaults and found some of the best Dr. Ruth excerpts from her late-night TV therapy sessions to share with IFC’s audience.

These ’80s-era episodes are among some of Dr. Ruth’s best TV moments, where she talked with her guests about impotence, frigidity, orgasms, masturbation, perversions… you name it.


If you already know you’re going to be “busy” while the show is airing, feel free to add it to your DVR so you can watch it later, and be sure to sign up for Night Flight Plus to watch more classic Dr. Ruth episodes, available on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

IFC can be found on both satellite — DirecTV (Ch. 333), Dish (Ch. 133) — and cable — Spectrum (Ch. 280), Xfinity (Ch. 503 SD/744 HD) — and IPTV — Verizon FIOS (Ch. 734/234) and AT&T U-Verse (Ch. 797) — but check the listings in your local area to find IFC where you live.

Read more about Dr. Ruth below.


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As we told you in our introductory post last June (2017), when we added Dr. Ruth’s video library to Night Flight Plus, Dr. Ruth Westheimer started off her therapeutic media career in August of 1980 with a New York City phone-in radio show (“Sexually Speaking”).

Its success led to a book, Dr. Ruth’s Guide to Good Sex, published in 1983, and the radio show was then turned into a nationally-syndicated TV show, “Good Sex with Dr. Ruth” — filmed at the Lifetime network’s Astoria Studios in New York — which first began airing in September of 1984 as a half-hour 10pm weeknight show.

Good Sex proved to be so popular that in 1985 it was expanded to a full hour, nightly, and the name of the show was changed to “The Dr. Ruth Show,” running for four to five years.


What you may not know was that, beginning in 1985, there was also Dr. Ruth’s Game of Good Sex board game too!!

The game — manufactured by Victory Games, price-tag: $25 — was designed to be played by four to eight adults (18+ and older, please this one was definitely not for kids!).


Typically is was meant to be played by players who were already coupled-up by that point; the “rules of play” manual inside the box says the Game of Good Sex was designed for 2-4 couples or 1 couple with optional rules.

Players rolled the singular die and then moved their game pieces (“pawns”) around the board, and could end up landing on one of the four ovals on the board — marked “Isn’t it Romantic?”; “In the Mood”; “Preliminaries”; and, “The Act” — which meant that they would draw Interaction Cards, which could be played to aid the couple who drew the card, or could be used to penalize the other couple/couples.


They also landed on spaces marked “As Dr. Ruth,” and paid visits to “Dr. Ruth’s Sex Clinic,” answering questions (600 total) from Dr. Ruth about their sexual awareness after accumulating — or losing (sad trombone sound insert here) what were called “Arousal Points.”

A male player could lose a point, for instance, if they landed on a space marked “Land on a Wet Spot.”

There were also spaces marked for “Yeast Infection” for the ladies, and apparently some of the questions also dealt with the cause of genital warts, and how to wash semen stains out of fabrics.

No, we’re not kidding.


We’re told that Dr. Ruth came up with all of the questions (along with her researchers), some of which were multiple choice: you had to choose the only true or false answer among the four or five choices.

The winner of the game was whoever earned the most points in the game, ending up in the “Mutual Pleasure Circle,” but we happen to think that if everyone paired off and enjoyed “good sex!” afterwards, then there were no actual losers.

We’ve read that her Game of Good Sex provided players with “unlimited hours of amusing and informative dialogue for couples,” although the game typically took 2-3 hours to play.


Since we’re talkin’ about a board game that existed in the mid-’80s, we should point out that there was also an early computer game version, for either Apple II or Commodore 64.

This game was mainly designed as a trivia quiz game where the players (one female, one male) would test their knowledge against each other, attempting to outscore one another, by alternately answering the questions that would pop up onscreen.

You’d play against a countdown clock, and your score modified by how fast you answered the questions.

Below: Dr. Ruth on the cover of People magazine (April 15, 1985).

Be sure to watch “Night Flight Presents: Dr. Ruth Good Sex Special” at midnight on Valentine’s Day this week, and be sure to check out our Dr. Ruth collection on Night Flight Plus.


About Bryan Thomas

Bryan Thomas has been a freelancing writer/critic for All Music Guide, and a contributor to Launch, Music Connection, Big Takeover and numerous other publications and entertainment websites, blogs and zines, most of them long gone. He's written more than sixty sets of liner notes. He’s also worked for over twenty years at mostly reissue record labels -- prior to that he worked in bookstores and record stores, going all the way back to the original vinyl daze. He lives in the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA.