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I wanted to hate this show - initially. I thought it would glorify Masters and Johnson and the prurient.
But I was happily surprised to find that this is in fact one of the finest productions ever brought to the little screen. Fine acting, a story worth telling (and it's told with all of its warts), great cinematography, creative in its own way...it just adds up to great viewing.
...And the sex is done tastefully. It has to be shown and yet it's not done for titillation (in fact, I doubt you'll ever get turned on; this is clinical stuff, mostly).
And what's nice, too, is that this story has many levels - there's the historical recreation of events, but there's also a burgeoning romance here, between Masters, a married doctor, and Johnson, a divorced single mother; there's also a fight for women's equality side to the story here - as Johnson attempts to earn more respect; there's the courageous battle that Masters and Johnson fought, to bring science to an essential human subject; and there's a story about human imperfections and intolerance.
Better acting you'll not see today on TV. This has the feel of a fine movie and it never fails to satisfy and deliver and impress. Kudos!!!
And before you reject this series for being too quaint or of a more "naive" time where sex was impossible to talk about, let me suggest that things have not changed very much since William Masters got fired for showing his colleagues films from his sexual studies. Why, I just - shortly after writing my first posted review for this TV series - read a first-page article in the New Haven Register about a modern mainstream sexologist (James Moore, author of On Loving Women) whose Yale University book event (at Barnes & Noble) was CANCELLED recently for apparently being too sexy and controversial!
So have times really changed that much? I don't think so! (Try talking about sex to most people, even today - you'll see!)
All the which makes Masters all the more heroic for taking on such a risky subject to his established career - as this series represents.
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