Masters of Sex (2013–2016)
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Dr. William Masters, a successful doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, begins his controversial study of human sexuality. Dr. Masters recruits Virginia Johnson to be his secretary, but she quickly advances to be a valuable associate.


John Madden


Thomas Maier (book), Michelle Ashford (developer) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Sheen ... Dr. William Masters
Lizzy Caplan ... Virginia Johnson
Caitlin FitzGerald ... Libby Masters
Teddy Sears ... Dr. Austin Langham
Nicholas D'Agosto ... Dr. Ethan Haas
Beau Bridges ... Dr. Barton Scully
Heléne Yorke ... Jane Martin
Annaleigh Ashford ... Betty DiMello
Roslyn Ruff ... Josephine May
Margo Martindale ... Miss Horchow
Steve Rosen ... Ernie Turk
Johanna Day ... Advisor
Mary Jo McConnell ... Desk Nurse
Jeffrey C. Hawkins ... OR Doctor #1
Linda Marie Larson Linda Marie Larson ... Lois Tupps


Celebrated obstetrician and gynecologist William Masters, happily married but unlike to get his wife pregnant, decides to scientifically research sexual orgasms, and 'hiring' a prostitute won't suffice. Besides his official research assistant, brilliant graduate and slick, handsome womanizer Ethan Haas, he needs a female secretarial assistant and decides to recruit informally. The university refuses to contribute to such a 'lecherous' project. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

29 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The role of Dr. William H. Masters was to be played by British actor Paul Bettany, however he deciced not to work on the show and the role was eventually given to Michael Sheen. See more »


In the The Masters home, the kitchen has LED or krypton "disc" lighting underneath the upper cabinets and shelving. Such lighting did not exist until about 30 years later. See more »


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The beginning of a beautiful partnership
9 November 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

If I can confess an immature mentality for a moment, I approached "Masters of Sex" with the promise of titillation (c'mon, it's right there in the show's title), which it does, in ways I didn't really expect. This is the story of an esteemed obstetrician who's consumed with the uncharted waters of human sexuality. And to proceed, he needs a woman's perspective, which he finds in an extremely modern receptionist who brings her own enlightened experience to the table. That's where this pilot really excels, their promising relationship. I think Michael Sheen is perfectly cast as Dr. Masters, bringing light to his severe personality. But I really like Lizzy Caplan's character - yes, she's magnetic, but her character is just a progressive shot in the arm of '50s orthodoxy. She's fascinating.

I don't have a clue where this show will really go from here (outside of Masters' and Virginia's obvious future eventual hookup), but this is a phenomenal opener; polished, well-written and above all, exciting.


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