Masters of Sex

2013 • Showtime
2.1K reviews
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Season 1 episodes (14)

1 Pilot
Noted obstetrician Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) teams up with divorced mother Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) to conduct pioneering research that unleashes the sexual revolution.
2 Race to Space
When he's forced to relocate his study to a St. Louis brothel, Masters (Michael Sheen) has no choice but to rehire Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in order to make things work.
3 Standard Deviation
As Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) bristles at the hiring of a new female doctor, Masters (Michael Sheen) worries that conducting their study in a brothel is jeopardizing the results. Haas (Nichols D'Agosto) fights to be allowed to deliver quadruplets.
4 Thank You for Coming
Painful memories of his childhood cause Masters (Michael Sheen) to question his own his ability to be a good father. Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) is surprised by the arrival of her ex-husband.
5 Catherine
As Masters (Michael Sheen) is haunted by memories of his childhood traumas, Haas (Nichols D'Agosto) looks to advance his career by dating Scully's (Beau Bridges) teenage daughter.
6 Brave New World
As Masters (Michael Sheen) and Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald) struggle with the fallout from her miscarriage, Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) proposes a study that challenges Freud&s theories of female sexual response. An unsatisfying sex life at home leads Margaret Scully (Allison Janney) to volunteer for the study.
7 All Together Now
When he and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) study their own sexual relationship, Masters (Michael Sheen) must deal with the consequences in his marriage. As Margaret (Allison Janney) uses her husband's business trip to spend time with Langham (Teddy Sears), a mugging puts Scully's (Beau Bridges) secret life at risk of being exposed.
8 Love and Marriage
As Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) set out to film their work, the end of her affair leads Margaret (Allison Janney) closer to the truth about Scully's (Beau Bridges) secret.
9 Involuntary
As Masters (Michel Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) push the filming of their subjects to a risqué and possibly illegal level, their intimate rapport causes his mother to question the relationship.
10 Fallout
As the hospital is preoccupied with a nuclear disaster drill, a study participant's pregnancy further divides Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Margaret (Allison Janney) learns the truth about her husband, and Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) finds his days at the hospital may be numbered.
11 Phallic Victories
As Masters (Michel Sheen) struggles to carry on without her, Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) looks to help Dr. DePaul promote her work on women's health. When Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) babysits while Johnson attends a conference, he squares off with her ex-husband.
12 Manhigh
Masters' (Michael Sheen) presentation of the sex study to his colleagues ignites a firestorm of protest and leaves Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) struggling with the fallout. Scully (Beau Bridges) tells Margaret (Allison Janney) the truth about his sexual history, while Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) looks for a job in California.
101 Making Masters of Sex
A comprehensive behind the scenes look at the creation of the series -- from inception through production. The show's creator, producers and cast reveal why they felt sure that the true Masters & Johnson story would make for riveting television.
102 A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters
Celebrated English actor Michael Sheen is renowned for his accurate portrayals of real historical characters. He talks to us about why he found Masters such a great character to portray, what he learned during his research into the role, and what are his greatest challenges.

About this show

Chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who were real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality.

Ratings and reviews

2.1K reviews
Brandon Bender
August 22, 2014
OK, what can be great about the movement that started people looking at other people as objects, that's not love, is about selfish pleasure at anyone's expense. We should not use Gods gift for selfish reasons. Look what it had done to families and kids. Unwed pregnancy is thorough the roof, divorce is all time high, sexual abuse is out of control, cheating, teen suicide, std's, and lack of religion in general. You are lost and confused if you think this is good entertainment. Just think about what I've said
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Christy Abbott
May 19, 2016
The actors are all wonderful. I chose to give the show a chance since I can remember my textbooks, teachers, and Cosmopolitan magazine always quoting Masters and Johnson. lol I must admit the second season was moving so quickly that I often was disappointed in the show. The first season was very interesting but the third season was superb. If you aren't open-minded you will want to skip it (brief nudity, sexual toys, sex, the topic of sex, a small amount of cursing, smoking, etc.). The show is interesting, sometimes funny, written quite well, and the person/team in charge of wardrobe, makeup, and setting is EXCELLENT. The characters of Libby and Betty definitely go through quite a few wardrobe changes to express the current time period and they look amazing.
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Dana Cali
March 22, 2015
Sex is sex period, it happened before the creation of religion. If you are private about your sex life, it doesn't matter what you are doing as long as it's not illegal and there is consent. That being said this show is nothing more than a deluded Mad Men.
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