Masters of Sex: Season 2 (2014)

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

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Critic Ratings: 44

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Air date: Jul 13, 2014

The second season of the provocative US drama about Dr William Masters and Virginia Johnson, pioneers of the science of human sexuality, arrives on More4. The ramifications of Masters' disastrous presentation ripple beyond his firing from the maternity hospital as Libby, worried about supporting their new baby, pushes him to get another job. Johnson, still working for Dr DePaul, must fight off the unwanted advances and verbal innuendos stemming from the general belief that she was the woman in the film shown at the presentation. Danny Huston guest stars.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2014

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.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2014

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

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Air date: Aug 3, 2014

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.

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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.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2014

Hendricks bans Masters from using black participants in his study, but Masters contacts a journalist to aid his efforts. Meanwhile, Johnson is forced to accept DePaul's choice to end her chemotherapy treatments; Gene learns the truth about Betty and Helen's relationship; and Libby fires Coral after discovering she lied about Robert being her lover.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2014

In the wake of Masters discovering that Johnson has continued to have romantic relationships with other men, he becomes impotent and ends their joint participation as subjects in the sexual study. He tries to keep his new clinic solvent over the course of three years by borrowing against his house, offering medical services to the hotel and, finally, accepting money from his mother.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2014

Brand new series: Masters privately treats a couple for infertility without revealing his relationship to them. Johnson realises that her work with Masters can be used to help people suffering from sexual dysfunction, but she quickly gets in over her head when she attempts to treat Bill's former secretary Barbara (guest star Betsy Brandt) on her own. Libby is unnerved after witnessing a hate crime that is then whitewashed by the police.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2014

While mining their shared history over a family dinner, Masters bristles at Frank's insinuations about Estabrooks' demons. Johnson continues to adopt a patient's case history in order to glean advice from a psychiatrist. Betty and Masters attempt to help Lester remedy his impotence by hiring a prostitute, which rattles him even further. Libby gets the third degree at the Congress of Racial Equality when she offers her eyewitness testimony about the man who was beaten up. Barbara wrestles with an unsettling diagnosis that exposes a chain of secrets and causes Masters and Johnson to clash over their treatment strategy. John Billingsley guest stars.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2014

Brand new series: Johnson, having finally learned of Masters' sexual difficulties, is invigorated by the prospect of finding a cure. When Masters learns of a rival study, he calls in a public relations expert to help brand his work with Johnson. When his brother Frank insists that their father's alcoholism - and not the man himself - was responsible for the abuse they both suffered as children, Masters provokes him into a violent confrontation. Libby, determined to prove her worth to Robert, asks Johnson to give her an alibi while she canvasses a tenement in support of a rent strike. Langham is stunned when Flo informs him that he has to have sex with her to keep his job at Cal-O-Metric. Barbara and Lester connect over their shared sexual dysfunctions.

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Season 2 begins with sex researchers William Masters (Martin Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) attempting to get their study back on track following a disastrous presentation by Masters that leads to him getting fired from Maternity Hospital. It also causes Virginia to have to fight off advances and innuendos stemming from the belief that she was the woman in Master's explicit film. Later, Masters' troubled childhood comes to light; and Masters learns that Virginia is continuing to have romantic relationships with other men, so he cuts off their sexual work together.

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Critic Reviews for Masters of Sex Season 2

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (21)

Virginia Johnson and Bill Masters kick off season two with their double- and triple-layered relationship working as its own parallax, occupying a grey area between love, friendship and work.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 21, 2014 | Full Review…

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

Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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

Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

[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.

Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…

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

Jul 14, 2014 | Full Review…

Per usual for the show, how things played out circumvented the expected, and allowed an intimate look into both Ginny and Bill's obsessions and dedications.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Excellent stuff. Season premieres can get bogged down in exposition, but so long as the series has Sheen and Caplan at the center of it, it's likely always going to be rich and satisfying and very, very complicated.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

It's in this storyline that Ashford skillfully uses the trick of letting the audience's knowledge of what's coming play off of characters who are necessarily limited by their historical perspective.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Masters of Sex is an incredibly dense show, and second seasons are always interesting places to see if series are able to carry the momentum that they've established, or crumble under the weight.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The charm of a show like Masters of Sex is to see what made people in the past blush. They blushed at everything.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

The tension between Masters and Johnson's messy affair and their attempt to describe it scientifically makes for scintillating television.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Masters of Sex: Season 2

  • Sep 29, 2014
    This season continued the good tradition of the first one, expanding the 50s attention to detail and great chemistry between the leads, even if they're still douches and tough to swallow characters. But that's the point. They're human and deeply flawed and these aspects connect very well with their study and motivations to keep it going. Still, there's just way too many characters that are thrown out of the picture too soon. Helene Yorke was doing an amazing work last season and she's on a cameo here, for just one episode. And many more things like this that made me really sad. Plus, it uses the same technic for every character to reveal their past or deep flaw, with on long scene of exposition, where they broke down and cry. it's a bit cheap and doesn't work that well, aided by the fact that some of these stories don't connect very well with the main arc.
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  • Mar 10, 2017
    totally enjoyed S02E03..
  • Nov 06, 2015
    Well it took literally 24 Episodes for me to even begin to care about Michael Sheen's character - but OK, with #adamarkin and finally some shifts - I am in "can'w wait" for Season 3, Episode 1 FINALLY!
  • Apr 24, 2015
    The focus and depth of characters, as well as storyline and well-acted performances, provide improvement on its great first season, giving the audience more than just its fascinating subject matter.
  • Jan 26, 2015
    The best part of Masters of Sex is the reality of it. Everything feels real; the science, the mindset of the era, and the driving force of the series, the relationships, fold into one another and build to a climax that I feel we have yet to reach. Sheen and Caplan are masters of acting and portray the nuances of Masters and Johnson's work and their affair, which are seemingly interchangeable, with only expressions and body language. Each episode of Masters of Sex, much like its subject matter, leaves me wanting more.
  • Jan 06, 2015
    Way much better than season 1, particularly (i think) because of the fact that they not only focused on a couple of stories, but because the creators developed a lot of characters in a great way, that converged into the main plot by giving screen to the stories of Flo&Austin, Betty,Gene and Helen, Libby&Robert, Barbara&Lester, Dr DePaul and Franklin. I thought season 1 was like 80% Lizzy Caplan, but season 2 by focusing on those other characters brought incredible performances from Michael Sheen, Julianne Nicholson, Caitlin Fitzgerald, Annaleigh Ashford and even in those couple of episodes where he was, Danny Huston. This was an amazing season that made the show grow a lot and builded the path for season three in a much better way than season 1 did for season 2
  • Nov 15, 2014
    rocks as usual! getting more complicated! waiting for season 3!
  • Oct 30, 2014
    http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1470109 hah,it helpful
  • Oct 04, 2014
    This show doesn't get the attention in deserves. Check it out!
  • Sep 28, 2014
    Master of Sex's sophomore year is possibly even better than it's strong debut. Catering once again to the first season's format of melding melodrama with science and period-piece details, the season once again brings up some timely questions about relationships and sex, and it's really found the two perfect leads. The show is certainly at its strongest during Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan's love scenes, which are as provocative as they are sexy, and effectively dark as well. Some of the sub-plots ring a little too close to filler, and the cinematography is still nothing special, but Masters of Sex remains the foremost reason to have a Showtime subscription.

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