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Masters of Sex: Season 2 (2014)

Masters of Sex: Season 1
Masters of Sex: Season 1



Average Rating: 8.7/10
Reviews Counted: 30
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 1

Boasting an expanded storyline and broader focus, Masters of Sex's second season improves on its already outstanding predecessor.


Average Rating: 10/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 0

Boasting an expanded storyline and broader focus, Masters of Sex's second season improves on its already outstanding predecessor.



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User Ratings: 185

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Season Info

Dramatic depiction of the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson.

Network: Showtime

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Air date: Jul 13, 2014


Season 2 begins with Masters dealing with the ramifications of his disastrous presentation and being fired from the hospital. Meanwhile, Libby urges Masters to get another job; and Virginia fights off advances and innuendos stemming from the belief that she was the woman in Master's explicit film.

Air date: Jul 20, 2014

Kyrie Eleison

Masters begins a new job at Memorial Hospital under Betty's extortion terms only to discover that his boss insists he leave Virginia behind in favor of a handpicked secretary. Meanwhile, Johnson is torn between pressing Masters to rehire her and staying by DePaul's side as her condition worsens.

Air date: Jul 27, 2014


Virginia learns about Masters' troubled childhood when they meet at a hotel for a secret rendezvous.

Air date: Aug 3, 2014

Dirty Jobs

Johnson tries to cover when she and Masters are seen by Langham leaving a hotel together after an evening tryst. Later, Masters attempts to bring Johnson aboard as his assistant at his new post; and Betty tries to conceal her infertility from Gene, over Masters' objections.

Air date: Aug 10, 2014


Masters breaks new ground by continuing his study as the only white physician in a black hospital but at the cost of his gynecology practice. Meanwhile, Libby is confronted by Robert over her poor treatment of his sister Coral; Betty reunites with her former lover; and Johnson struggles to right her relationship with DePaul, who is now aware of her ongoing affair with Masters.

Air date: Aug 17, 2014


After Hendricks bans Masters from using black participants in his study, Masters contacts a journalist to promote his efforts, using the debunking of sexual stereotypes as the lure. Johnson is forced to accept DePaul's choice to end her chemotherapy treatments. Gene uncovers the truth about Betty and Helen's relationship. Libby fires Coral after discovering she lied about Robert. (C) Showtime

Air date: Aug 24, 2014


Masters becomes impotent without Johnson's knowledge, after learning that she is continuing to have romantic relationships with other men, so he cuts off their sexual work together. Meanwhile, Masters tries to keep his new clinic solvent by borrowing against his house and offering medical services to the hotel.

Air date: Aug 31, 2014

Mirror, Mirror

Masters privately treats a couple for infertility; Johnson gets in over her head when she tries to treat Barbara Sanderson on her own; Libby witnesses a hate crime that is whitewashed by the police.

Air date: Sep 7, 2014

Story of My Life

Masters bristles at Frank's insinuations about his and Estabrooks' demons; Virginia uses a patient's case history to gain advice from a psychiatrist; Betty and Masters try to remedy Lester's impotence by hiring a prostitute; Barbara gets an unsettling diagnosis that threatens to expose a chain of secrets.

Air date: Sep 14, 2014

Below the Belt

Johnson tries to find a cure for Masters' sexual difficulties; Masters learns of a rival study and tries to brand his work; Flo informs Langham that he must have sex with her in order to keep his job; Barbara and Lester connect over their shared sexual dysfunctions; Libby asks Johnson to give her an alibi while she canvases a tenement for a rent strike with CORE.

Air date: Sep 21, 2014

One for the Money, Two for the Show

A television crew arrives to document Masters and Johnson's work.

Air date: Sep 28, 2014

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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[Showrunner Michelle Ashford] is admirably experimenting with how a period piece that's true to history can also include the stories and perspectives of sexual and racial minorities.

September 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice

Masters of Sex is the show you want to love and yet with every passing episode, there's one less reason to try.

August 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

Masters of Sex doesn't get nearly as much attention as it deserves.

July 28, 2014 Full Review Source:

Like Mad Men, another cable period drama, Masters of Sex is good at making broad points about what we know now versus what we knew then.

July 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Masters of Sex is back for more sultry, stifled, passive-agressive, sex study goodness.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Masters of Sex begins its sophomore season with some outstanding performances and big plot turns, although its dramatic subtlety has started to wane.

July 15, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

With lead characters this complex, showrunner Michelle Ashford has plenty of material to plumb for episodes to come.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: TheWrap

Together [the characters] have a slightly unsettling chemistry that, despite the weirdness of their characters, feels real.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer

The opening episode of Season 2, "Parallax" was one of the better premieres I've seen this calendar year.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source:

It was an intense first episode back but one that made me really intrigued for Masters of Sex Season 2.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

That's what makes Masters of Sex so heartbreaking, beautiful and funny simultaneously. There are no clear cut villains or heroes, just people being people and it's something Ashford should never change.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant

[It] remains the rare show willing to dissect the stodgy constructs of polite society... It proves that the world as we know it doesn't need to end to inspire moments of beauty and horror. It just needs to be undressed a little.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland

I'm super-excited about the show this season, and intrigued to see how things will play out, even if we know how they will to a certain point already. As they say, it's all about the journey, not the destination. And what a journey it's been so far.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

The main story of Bill and Virginia's relationship remains wonderfully opaque.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

All the tertiary characters and extraneous storylines only served to clutter what was otherwise an excellent season premiere. If only the show would learn to embrace that plateau stage with the knowledge that that's a necessary step towards the big O.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

After a stunning debut season, Masters of Sex, the brilliantly evocative drama about sex researchers Masters & Johnson, continues to amaze.

July 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

You, pardon the expression, come for the eroticism and nudity, but stay for the "will they or won't they" between Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan).

July 13, 2014 Full Review Source: The Patriot Ledger
The Patriot Ledger

It is intelligent, witty, quick-paced and surprising; it is tragic without being emotionally devastating.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Masters & Johnson returns for a second season with all of its charms intact, juggling an assortment of plots built around sexuality, including the inherent lie in how the principals try to characterize their ongoing affair as "research."

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety

Despite its frank treatment of sexual topics, Masters of Sex has an undeniably gentle, beguiling quality. It's part period drama, part soap opera, part societal commentary. The first two parts of that equation make the third part palatable.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer
Cleveland Plain Dealer

The psychological richness of Masters of Sex positions it to be a worthy successor to the fast-fading (except in Emmy voters' eyes) Mad Men.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The best news is that this intelligently complex, beautifully shot and performed series comes back in top form, with a perfect match of style to substance that explores Masters' and Johnson's different reactions to his appearance at her doorstep.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Masters of Sex has much more on its mind than simply the tumultuous relationship between its two famous central characters. But if it just had those two, it would still be among the best things you could watch on television this summer.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

Like all relationships, Masters and Johnson will surge forward, and as history has already made apparent, some good research will come out of this ill-fitting romance.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source:

Trying to find the words to adequately express how elegantly Masters Of Sex has matured into its second season is difficult.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

For a show about sex and attraction, Masters of Sex is very cerebral, measured, distanced. But so are its characters, who use their intellects to protect their vulnerabilities.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate

Showing people having sex while wired up to machines may have gotten viewers in the door, but it's the characters and the performances that should keep them there.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Better, richer, more compelling than season one.

July 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday

Season two of Masters of Sex is no more or less disappointing than a grand seduction that concludes with a minute-long roll in the hay.

July 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

The performances of Sheen, Caplan, Janney and Bridges rival those in any ongoing TV series. Satisfaction is guaranteed -- even if none of the principals ever experience a true measure of it.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

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