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.
Their work is their passion (Season 2)
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In the series, Virginia has been married and divorced twice before meeting Dr. Masters. In reality, she may have been married three times, although there is conflicting information on whether one of the marriages was legal. See more
The final season depicts Masters believing in the modern idea that sexual orientation is innate and being reluctant at best to explore gay conversion therapy. In reality, Masters was a lifelong proponent of gay conversion therapy and never abandoned the practice. See more
Referenced in The Chase: Episode #4.2