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Masters of Sex 

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Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

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Michelle Ashford
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4   3   2   1  
2016   2015   2014   2013  
Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 52 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Michael Sheen ...  Dr. William Masters 46 episodes, 2013-2016
Lizzy Caplan ...  Virginia Johnson 46 episodes, 2013-2016
Caitlin FitzGerald ...  Libby Masters 46 episodes, 2013-2016
Annaleigh Ashford ...  Betty DiMello 37 episodes, 2013-2016
Teddy Sears ...  Dr. Austin Langham 29 episodes, 2013-2016
Kevin Christy ...  Lester Linden 26 episodes, 2013-2016
Beau Bridges ...  Dr. Barton Scully 21 episodes, 2013-2016
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1956: Dr. Charles Alfred Kinsey, Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, dies. Fertility surgeon and specialist, Dr. William Howell Masters, also fascinated with the science surrounding human sexuality, meets future research partner, Virginia Ellis Johnson, at Washington University in Missouri. Written by LA-Lawyer

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Do it. For science. (season 1) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK] | Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Masters & Johnson See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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In Masters and Johnson's studies from 1957 until 1965, they recorded laboratory data on the anatomy and physiology of human sexual response based on direct observation of 382 women and 312 men aged between 18 and 89 in having sex or masturbating. See more »

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The art seen in Virginia's child's comic book is of a modern style. Additionally, the printing of the comic book is modern and not the four-color printing that was in use at the time. See more »

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No Shortcomings to this Series
22 March 2014 | by halhcb808See all my reviews

I don't see what can be found wrong with this series, which is why I gave it a 10. I have to admit when I really like a show, I do fall in love with it. As far as I can see, the acting is great, the writing is great, the characters are great, and the time period is very realistically portrayed. This is the 1950's. It is a very conservative America. Not as much in the political sense as in the cultural sense. This was before all hell broke loose in 1964-65. The Civil Rights Movement was taking place and gaining ground in the South, but this is white upper class America we are seeing. A white hospital with white doctors and white secretaries. Because that is the way it was then.

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are terrific as Masters and Johnson. There is a dual consideration to their relationship. They do have a professional relationship as Virginia Johnson is Dr. Bill Masters' Research Assistant. She is a woman with talents. Instinct, ambition, innovative with ideas and very good with people. Dr. Masters is the most talented Doctor in this teaching hospital, but he is a reserved, even repressed man. The two are exact opposites, and yet compliment one another professionally. They also compliment one another personally, as they take part themselves in the Sex Studies that Dr. Masters has begun in his study.

Lizzy Caplan is fabulous as she is sexy, intelligent, and complex. She is an ambitious woman, like a supremely interested and involved student, and is persistent in her goal of uncovering truths for the study and keeping the study and the office working and intact. She is unafraid, and knows she wants more out of her life. She has had a somewhat shady, unsteady life up until, apparently, taking this job, which changes her life. Lizzy Caplan has been said to have a "quirky sexiness" and that she has. She is also a terrific and "different" actress.

Michael Sheen as Dr. Bill Masters is also a driven person. Restrained personally, but unafraid to be a revolutionary, and even an outcast, in his prime love affair, the scientific study of human sexuality. BUT he also has a personal side that is calculating in getting what he wants, when he knows what he wants. In Season One, he does discover what he wants, both personally and professionally. I will say that without giving too much away.

So once again, Cable TV has trumped Network TV in originality, acting talent, subject matter, and writing. Of course Cable has the freedom to be more creative.Perhaps this is what draws so many movie actors to the small screen The writers need not worry about language and are not so compelled to limit nudity to, uhhhh, the 1950's? Where Network TV seems to be stuck.

So, check out this series. The only competition to the pay channels are AMC, and the BBC, and recently, Netflix. And there will be more. Listen, networks, enough writing to the lowest common denominator. I know you are trying, Network TV, but you are still falling way short. Cable TV and others are getting the better actors, and the better writers! Masters of Sex is yet another example! I can't wait for Season Two!!


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