Masters of Sex: Season 3 (2015)


Season 3
Masters of Sex

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With a six-year leap forward in the timeline, Masters of Sex takes an intriguing dramatic turn, but may leave a few viewers feeling frustrated.



Critic Ratings: 32


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User Ratings: 162

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Air date: Jul 12, 2015

Season 3 begins with Masters and Johnson facing the press for the first time as they prepare to publish their study. As they do so, they recall last year's summer vacation when Bill was finishing work on their book, Virginia was facing parenting struggles, and Libby was pulling herself out from beneath a deep depression.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2015

Masters takes on a high-profile fertility patient; Virginia and Libby come to terms with Bill's role in Gini's life.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2015

Masters and Johnson try to capitalize on their growing fame; Libby tries to maintain her social life outside of her friendship with Virginia; Tessa is negatively affected at school by her mother's sudden place in the spotlight.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2015

Masters tries to convince Johnson to rededicate herself to the study and to him; a familiar face returns to the clinic for help; Libby attempts to help Paul and Joy repair their shattered lives; Johnson fails to notice that Tessa is trying to make sense of her home life and the events at the homecoming dance.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2015

Johnson's parents visit and insert themselves in the Johnson women's lives; Libby and Masters learn that Johnny has been bullied and try to fix the problem; Johnson finds unexpected excitement in the scent study; a promising fertility patient is found.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2015

Masters and Johnson take on a celebrity couple who are looking to reinvigorate their sex life; Tessa comes to better understand her mother; Libby furthers her involvement in Joy's life but it comes with consequences that extend to Paul.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2015

Masters and Johnson are interviewed when they take on an exotic new patient.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2015

Johnson jets away with Dan Logan; Masters begins his surrogacy program.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2015

Masters continues his surrogacy program, which is now under Johnson's critical eye.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2015

Johnson objects to Masters' program, due to missteps in protocol.

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Season 3 of the drama about sex researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) begins with the two facing the press for the first time as they prepare to publish their study. The book proves to be a success, despite brewing controversy over it, but Masters becomes concerned about potential bad publicity when he learns that Virginia is pregnant. Since she's unmarried, he urges her to wed just for show and she does. Meanwhile, Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald) starts to question her marriage to Bill; and Masters and Johnson hunt for investors and choose Dan Logan (Josh Charles), a businessman in the perfume industry who wants to capture the scent of sex in a fragrance. Unfortunately for Bill, Logan shows an interest in Virginia and she likes the attention.


Michael Sheen
as William Masters
Lizzy Caplan
as Virginia Johnson
Beau Bridges
as Barton Scully
Caitlin FitzGerald
as Libby Masters
Teddy Sears
as Austin Langham
Annaleigh Ashford
as Betty DiMello
Julianne Nicholson
as Dr. Lillian DePaul
Josh Charles
as Daniel Logan
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Critic Reviews for Masters of Sex Season 3

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (19)

What a family! Thing may have progressed for Johnson and Masters' work and relationship, but the big change this season was that the kids have grown so much.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

They may not be running from zombies or flying through space, but the Masters and Johnsons have become one of the more interesting families on TV.

Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…
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Masters of Sex eventually finds its groove in Bill and Virginia's work, which continues to explore new ground, only this time under more intense public scrutiny following their bombshell book.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Unlike Mad Men, a '60s-set drama that was free to bend its make-believe action figures every which way in pursuit of story, Masters sees every flight of fancy yanked rudely back in line with the public record.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

The culture at large is also questioning the forces -- or the libidos -- that Masters and Johnson together have unleashed. One more variation.

Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Masters of Sex is, and to some extent always has been, a broader, soapier period piece than its kissing cousin, Mad Men, and this more melodramatic tack certainly has its delights.

Jul 13, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Masters of Sex has truly lost its way. In its desire to focus on all things Masters and Johnson, it has let its other, often more interesting, subplots and characters fade away.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

For a show that's been so admirable in its depiction of female sexuality, Tessa's slipshod introduction is unfortunate.

Sep 21, 2017 | Full Review…

Real life might have been glittered up a little - but the ends justify the means - this is a quality bit of television.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

This series about the exploration and legitimization of human sexual response has fallen victim to what so many relationships do: a sense of stagnancy.

Jul 14, 2015 | Full Review…

It makes sense that these kids would be used to illustrate Bill's continued struggles with parenthood.

Jul 14, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

As has become usual with this series, Masters and Johnson's own human sexual and emotional responses to each other have become central, even predictable.

Jul 13, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Masters of Sex: Season 3

  • Jun 14, 2019
    While the cinematographic elements such as characters and decor are rich, the series always leaves me with a sense of emptiness as if something was drained from me. After I'd watch it i'd get an actual physical feeling of discomfort from the number of cringy moments combined with the idea put forward all through the series that sex is a product, that people should consume as much as they can and if there's a malfunction the mechanics (Masters and johnson) will fix it, a despairingly materialistic world-view. Add to this the fact that the series paints an ideal feminist world where men are needy, egotistical, sexually disfunctional apes and women are independant yet perpetually unsatisfied, cold-hearted saviors and you have the recipe for a biased series promulgating unhapiness for everyone as the journalist said "Where is the love?"!
  • Nov 19, 2015
    FINALLY, Season 3 - it got interesting!!!! YAyyyy - MUCH better writing and character development! Thank God - it paid off slugging thru Season 1 and 2 :)
  • Sep 29, 2015
    Season 3 Finale was easily one of the best written, best acted episode of the entire season. I did not expect the turn of events and the cliff hanger was truly breathtaking. This series rivals the best HBO mini-series like "True Blood", etc.
  • Sep 28, 2015
    A lesser season for Masters of Sex. The series starts off with a time-jump that could have been a smart move, but instead comes off as a bit unwarranted (especially as there was no attempt to make the actors look older, also). The show sticks to its usual melodrama, which wears thin, and includes very few standout moments overall. Strong acting, period details, and solid scripts keep it afloat, but this was the series weakest year yet, and the notable flaws don't exactly bode well for its future either.
  • Sep 27, 2015
    Great Show. I have never missed an episode.
  • May 28, 2015
    Not only is this show fun to watch, and not just because there are plenty of sex scenes, it also makes you think! The characters are complex, realistic and flawed and the from a sociological perspective, it's quite intersting. If you enjoy shows that make you think and feel, and are at all interested in sex, gender issues and the impact of sexual repression on cultures, among several other interesting psycholocial issues humans must face, you'll love this show. And if you just wanna see people having sex, you'll also love this show. Personally, i love this show for both reasons.

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