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Masters of Sex: Season 1 (2013)




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


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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 gynecologist at Washington University in St Louis, 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's work. Together, they delve deeper than anyone before them into the science of sex and later become participants in their own research, which takes an unforeseen toll on Masters's married life.


Michael Sheen
as William Masters
Lizzy Caplan
as Virginia Johnson
Beau Bridges
as Barton Scully
Caitlin FitzGerald
as Libby Masters
Margo Martindale
as Miss Horchow
Nick D'Agosto
as Ethan Haas
Teddy Sears
as Austin Langham
Annaleigh Ashford
as Betty DiMello
Julianne Nicholson
as Dr. Lillian DePaul
Allison Janney
as Margaret Scully
Ann Dowd
as Estabrooks Masters
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Critic Reviews for Masters of Sex: Season 1

All Critics (55) | Top Critics (23)

Evocative and provocative, this fact-based drama is most invigorating when showing how the findings helped ignite women's lib.

September 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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…

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…
Top Critic

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 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

September 27, 2013 | Full Review…

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

September 27, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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