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Masters of Sex: Season 1 (2013)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 5

Seductive and nuanced, Masters of Sex features smart performances, deft direction, and impeccable period decor.

84

Average Rating: 8.7/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 3

Seductive and nuanced, Masters of Sex features smart performances, deft direction, and impeccable period decor.

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Average Rating: 4.4/5
User Ratings: 256

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Season Info

The lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson are depicted in this critically acclaimed drama. Season 1 begins with Masters (Michael Sheen), a successful OB/GYN at St. Louis' Washington University, conducting a secret study of human sexuality. Soon, he meets Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), a former nightclub singer who is now part of the hospital secretarial staff. He enlists her help with his study, and she quickly proves to be an asset to Masters' work. Together, they

Network: Showtime

Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 2013

Pilot

Dramatic depiction of the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. In the opener, Masters begins conducting a secret study of human sexuality and meets Virginia Johnson, a former nightclub singer who joins the hospital secretarial staff and proves herself to be an asset to Masters' work.

2
Air date: Oct 6, 2013

Race to Space

Season 1. On the heels of Masters' proposal that they participate in the study, Johnson considers the best course of action to keep her job. The study is forced out of the hospital. Masters moves the study to a brothel. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 4/1

3
Air date: Oct 13, 2013

Standard Deviation

Dr. Haas gets the case of a lifetime - a woman pregnant with quadruplets. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

4
Air date: Oct 20, 2013

Thank You for Coming

HD Version. Masters and Johnson recruit new participants. Masters' mother visits. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

5
Air date: Oct 27, 2013

Catherine

Season 1. Johnson tries to connect with her son. Masters experiences anxiety. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

6
Air date: Nov 3, 2013

Brave New World

HD Version. Libby and Masters visit Miami. Jane aids Virginia in debunking a theory. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

7
Air date: Nov 10, 2013

All Together Now

Masters and Johnson join the study as participants. Libby renews treatment. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 1/7

8
Air date: Nov 17, 2013

Love and Marriage

HD Version. Masters and Johnson enlist outside help. Scully battles his sexual desires. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 4/29

9
Air date: Nov 24, 2013

Involuntary

Masters and Johnson must prove their films won't cross the line into pornography.

10
Air date: Dec 1, 2013

Fallout

HD Version. A nationwide civil defense drill escalates conflicts among the staff. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 4/29

11
Air date: Dec 8, 2013

Phallic Victories

HD Version. Masters prepares to present his findings. Dr. DePaul opens up to Virginia. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 4/29

12
Air date: Dec 15, 2013

Manhigh

HD Version. Masters' presents his and Johnson's findings. Season finale. (Dolby 5.1) Ends 4/29

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All Critics (49) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (5)

I really appreciated how this episode, perhaps more than others, allowed the men of Sex to have a voice as well.

November 25, 2013 Full Review Source: The Loop
The Loop

In typical Masters of Sex fashion, the transition was as crucial as the incidents that caused the transition in the first place. Is this a great show or what?

November 4, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

The lure of this show is the doctor's bull-headed devotion to studying sex and his growing relationship with Ginny.

October 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

Masters of Sex is that rare show that's clever enough to have it both ways.

October 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Communicating all of this without stooping to smut or straining for an imagined moral high ground demands a certain delicacy of tone, and it's one creator Michelle Ashford nails.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

It's a terrible title, but the story is a cracker.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Mad Men has already explored similar territory with more elegance and subtlety.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Certainly there was much to love about a drama that chronicles one of the turning points of the sexual revolution; not least the dialogue.

October 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Alternately titillating and prudish, Masters of Sex definitely does not climax too soon.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: The Wrap
The Wrap

It's certainly one of the most interesting and unusual dramas for some time.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman
Scotsman

Masters of Sex is an incredibly strong show and a lot of that power comes from its immensely talented lead actors.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

An intriguing, occasionally fascinating and well worth-watching drama.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Titillating period drama shows the sexier side of science.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As the free-thinking, twice-divorced single mom who might likely single-handedly spark the sexual revolution, she's [Lizzy Caplan] the shining beacon of the fall 2013 season. Consider us hooked.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Masters of Sex is definitely something that a television viewer looking for quality, intelligent dramas should check out.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Without making any extraordinary claims for it, it is easy to watch and to recommend, mostly sweet-natured, with a host of well-shaded performances and almost nothing to insult your intelligence.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

Although it's a medical drama on one level, Masters of Sex is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, with romances, mysteries and coming-of-age stories unfolding throughout its large cast.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

Masters Of Sex is a brave, beautiful, wonderful show.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

One thing I didn't expect was to be left crying so many times throughout the hour. It's ... moving.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

The series is at its best when it abandons its vaguely intimate depiction of sex and allows its subjects to become fully enveloped in the importance and strange beauty of the undiscovered frontier they're exploring.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Based on the first six episodes, we're being introduced to a show that can enlighten, entertain and contend for Emmys, all in the same breath. And that's great.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

The creative team behind Masters of Sex clearly seems to be planning for a marathon run. Here's hoping that the series shows more kick down the entire backstretch, rather than just the last five minutes of each episode.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Call it sex with a side of education, or the other way around.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

By keeping Masters' heroic qualities firmly within the realm of his research, the pilot... falls into another trap entirely, that of the biopic that must explain the importance of its subject.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

When Masters of Sex allows its focus to shift to the true masters -- the female characters -- the series shows promise that it could eventually develop into a can't-miss, smart, character-driven, period drama.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

We've got two skilled leads on Masters of Sex, and now that the exposition is out of the way, here's hoping they can finally get to work.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Given that a show set in the '50s feels like the freshest take on sexual relations in awhile, it's easy to agree.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The New Republic
The New Republic

Masters of Sex is an intelligent, assured drama that gets better and better as it goes along.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Vulture

Sheen can be funny and charming one moment, highly disturbing the next. Yet, his rare ability to get us to like Masters, warts and all, never wavers.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

Masters of Sex is adult entertainment of the best kind, a mix of stellar performances and scintillating subject matter.

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Masters of Sex is sprinkled with moments that make it worth watching... As is, it feels like some very professional foreplay with no end in sight.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

It belongs to a cohort of shows... that noodle on the themes that have so far defined the golden age of TV (masculinity, power, ethics), but with a bunch of new licks.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Performance is never a problem for the cast of Masters of Sex. Caplan, Sheen and the supporting players keep everything humming in the best new drama of the fall season. You'll want to watch.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Masters locates its true sweet spot in exploring sex in all of its mysterious variety and tragicomic complications, which can't always be reduced to numbers on a chart.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

This drama may take a little while to seduce you, but it's worth the wait.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

The sex may bring in viewers, but the superb acting and writing will hold them.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

Masters of Sex isn't just one of the most entertaining dramas ever about science - talk about your niche categories - it's one of the better shows about sex, which cable often uses just to keep us awake.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Spoiler alert: A show about sex isn't necessarily the same thing as a sexy show.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Masters of Sex is nuanced, intelligently acted, and swellegantly directed, and I highly recommend it.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are terrific in the tonally opposite lead roles.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's impressive how quickly [it] creates a palpable universe of organic characters.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Like sex, Masters of Sex gets better as it goes on. But without an extra dimension, or a broader glimpse of a world beyond St. Louis, the series eventually grows a little claustrophobic and thin.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Just technically speaking, the look is impeccable, capturing the Eisenhower era with every small touch and wrinkle.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The revolution is televised on Masters of Sex, Showtime's inexhaustibly pleasurable drama and the fall's best new series.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Bloomberg News
Bloomberg News

Masters of Sex manages, with lightning speed, to shed any preconceived notions about what type of show it will be and, in so doing, tilts the camera up from the breast to the brain.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

The engrossing, beautifully cast and well acted Masters of Sex is at once the tale of an odd couple and the story of a culture coming of age.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

It makes the most of its pay-TV platform by showing plenty of skin, but the sex scenes service a bigger story made all the more compelling by a couple of strong leads in Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.

September 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

It's time to have that talk about (low whisper now) sex...Masters of Sex, that is. And let the talk be in praise of a fledgling series that's not so much shocking as shockingly good.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

It's rare that a show can intuit what the viewer wants and deliver it, but that's precisely what happened as I kept watching Masters of Sex.

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

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