Originally seen in bilingual versions (English and French) on Canada's Showcase cable network, the multi-part anthology series Bliss specialized in erotic fictional dramas by and for women. Utilizing the talents of such top female writers and directors as Susan Musgrave, Holly Dale, Tamara Griffiths, Lynne Stopkewich, Cathleen Bond, Ghyslaine Côté, Katherine Schlemmer, Mina Shum, Maureen McKeon, Sylvie Rosenthal, Laurie Finstad-Knizhik, and Adrienne Mitchell, the weekly, hour-long series offered tantalizing playlets exploring the desires, passions, and fantasies of women of all ages -- "the power and richness of female sensuality." Infidelity, homosexuality, S&M, and mate-swapping were among the subjects touched upon, albeit in a tasteful and entertaining fashion (entertaining, perhaps, to everyone but chauvinistic males, who could not help but notice that this was one series in which the men were treated as sex objects). Making its Canadian debut on March 21, 2002, the three-season Bliss was telecast in the U.S. by the Oxygen Network cable service beginning February 15, 2003. Not entirely seriously, Oxygen preceded each of the series' 24 episodes with the disclaimer "Warning! Prolonged exposure to Bliss has been proven to cause clammy hands, rapid heartbeat, and insatiable sexual frenzy."