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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 & 54 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Their work is their passion (Season 2) 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

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USA

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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 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 »

Goofs

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 »

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Referenced in The Chase: Episode #4.2 (2014) See more »

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Sheen takes it to a whole new level
17 October 2013 | by kumar-pratikSee all my reviews

Masters of Sex is unique in the way it begins to grow on you even though you never thought it would. And, it is typified by none other than the lead character, Masters.

Michael Sheen plays the doctor obsessed with physiological interpretations of sex, who would go to almost any length to pursue his longtime dream. He is complemented by the beautiful Lizzy Caplan in the role of Virginia, Masters' street-smart secretary, who is not afraid to stand up to him, or to take matters in her own hand. The two are joined by the rest of the cast, which does an alright job, though it is hard to look past the performances of these two.

Back to Masters, Sheen shows his versatility as an actor again here. William Masters is condescending, arrogant and a cold character. Yet, Sheen plays him with such finesse, with so many layers, that you cannot help but get intrigued by Masters' haughty mannerisms. Sheen is brilliant here, and plays a diametrically opposite character to his Brian Clough from the Damned United, proving his incredible range as an actor. Take a bow, Mr. Sheen.

So, while you are caught up in the conflict whether to like William Masters or to hate him, Lizzy Caplan as Virginia is a welcome distraction. And, she too plays her character with great finesse. I haven't seen Caplan's past performances, but here, she is doing a terrific job.

The story is not too intriguing to begin with, but I believe the premise will grow on the public, especially because of the purely intellectual way Masters treats it. Not too sure how long they can rivet a story around the concept, but for the moment, the actors, well Sheen essentially, is what the show is worth watching for.


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