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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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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 53 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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Storyline

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In the 1950s, the average price of a cup of coffee was ten cents, and full meals could be purchased for around fifty cents. However, at the hospital cafeteria, actors give the cashier several dollar bills when they buy a small snack or cup of coffee and receive no change back. See more »

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Come for the sex/curiosity, stay for the story
7 November 2014 | by Okonh0wpSee all my reviews

The sex in the title is a likely draw for some viewers but as anyone who's seen the show can tell you, the show is about much more than sex.

The show focuses on real-life sex researchers Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson (who would eventually marry each other) who struggle to pioneer their sex study despite living in a decade (I believe it's the 50's or early 60's) where sex is taboo. It's a typical period piece that idolizes the progressive protagonists for being on the right side of history and populates its supporting cast with straw men (i.e. Beau Bridges plays a closeted homosexual who initially refuses to come to terms with himself, Caitlin Fitzgerald as Master's wife is a cruel boss who doesn't see her black housekeeper as an equal). By the second season, the show's supporting stars start to really develop with Julianne Nicholson (August Osage County) as a frumpy doctor who strives to be taken seriously and Annaleigh Ashford as a prostitute wishing to go straight and conceive children.

Masters is played by Michael Sheen as a driven and dedicated man who can come off as stubborn and asocial in the way that many a TV protagonist is written these days (see: The Knick, House, Halt and Catch Fire), but he has plenty of complexity. Johnson is played by Lizzie Caplan who has been toiling away as a character actress (often playing girlfriend of the week roles on sitcoms) and surprises in her first leading role.

The show isn't the most attention-grabbing program on TV. It doesn't have that cliffhanger appeal that a show like Scandal does but it's engaging throughout and, as previously mentioned, by the second season, the show does a good job of honing in on which story lines work.


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