Masters of Sex: Season 4 (2016)

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Season 4
Masters of Sex

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Masters of Sex closes the book with a stylish final season that doesn't aim to scale the heights of the series' artistic peak, but satisfies with its thoughtful investigation of its two protagonists' diverging paths.

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Critic Ratings: 10

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User Ratings: 72

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 11, 2016

Season 4 begins with Masters and Johnson searching for purpose after their fallout and looking to work to save them as their personal lives crash down around them. Meanwhile, Libby finds herself alone for the first time and discovers some unexpected allies.

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Air date: Sep 18, 2016

Masters and Johnson turn to new partners in an effort to put the past behind them and focus on their expanding clinic. Meanwhile, Libby reevaluates her relationship with Bill and Virginia.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2016

Masters and Johnson adjust to new partners, but their respective cases cause them to second-guess the instinct to remain separated. Meanwhile, a romantic prospect pushes Libby to embrace life as a newly single woman of the sexual revolution.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2016

Johnson, Masters, Libby and Keller wind up together at a party thrown by Art and Nancy. Pairings and perspectives shift as the night wears on, until the light of day exposes the consequences of the previous evening.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2016

Johnson and Masters' legal troubles come to a head as the trial begins with Keller leading the charge. Johnson, assuming they're to be exonerated, does her best to revive their careers, while Masters faces the reality of what these charges could mean for him, Johnson and the practice.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2016

Johnson looks to get her relationship with Masters back on track, but Masters does his best to find satisfaction elsewhere. Meanwhile, Betty and Helen ready themselves for a new addition; and Art and Nancy discuss the consequences of their party.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2016

Masters looks to groom Art as his protégé in a new area of research, while Johnson does her best to keep Nancy at arm's length. Elsewhere, Betty seeks an unlikely source to assist in her fight for equal rights to Helen's baby.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2016

Masters and Johnson go on the road and pose as a couple to investigate practices at a competing clinic. While Bill and Virginia are away, Art, Nancy and Langham take advantage of their absence to further their own agendas.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2016

Masters and Johnson return from Topeka and grapple with the trip's ramifications. Meanwhile, Art and Nancy look to tie up loose ends in order to have a fresh start; and Libby embarks on a road trip with Bram that changes her perspective.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2016

Season 4 ends with Masters and Johnson working to save the practice from disintegrating in the face of insurrection within the clinic. Meanwhile, Bill and Virginia find solace in one another as everyone in their lives either moves on or falls away.

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Season 4 of the drama series starts about a month after Bill (Michael Sheen) and Virginia's (Lizzy Caplan) falling out. Bill's life is in ruins and he's forced to attend AA meetings after being caught drunk driving; Virginia goes through an ugly breakup with Dan and, while in Vegas, asks Hugh Hefner to publish an article in his magazine. The mogul agrees, on the condition that Bill and Virginia continue working together. To mend their working relationship, they decide to hire new partners, Nancy Leveau (Betty Gilpin) and Art Dreesen (Jeremy Strong), who they soon find out are married to each other and bringing trouble with them.

Cast

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
Josh Charles
as Daniel Logan
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Critic Reviews for Masters of Sex Season 4

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

A lighter touch and a welcome one, too.

Sep 9, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Masters of Sex" may never get to the bottom of our questions, but it's back to enjoying itself trying to figure them out. So will viewers, if they can give these star-crossed lovers another chance.

Jan 16, 2019 | Full Review…

It... strongly suggested that the Showtime drama was, following that wobbly third season, once again on solid footing.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Showtime's Masters of Sex is daring, surprising, and often beautiful, owing much to its stellar cast and writers.

Aug 30, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

A satisfying fourth season. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Full Review…

Any opportunity to see more characters significantly expand the Masters of Sex world sounds good to me. I'm planning to keep watching, but the show's definitely been given a warning.

Sep 14, 2016 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

If Masters of Sex keeps going on like this, it's going to dissolve into a bad spoof. Good luck.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

With Sheen and Caplan, and the amount of historical material still to cover, I'm hopeful that Masters of Sex can at least be more watchable again, even if it doesn't return to the creative heights of that first season.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Maybe Season 4 will get better overnight, but based on the early sampling, Masters of Sex feels like a show that would have been better had it wrapped up the story concisely, as a limited series.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Masters of Sex Season 4 is one-half return to form, the other half a full-hearted experiment to breathe new life into the series that is sure to satisfy longtime viewers.

Sep 11, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Masters of Sex: Season 4

  • Oct 31, 2016
    One of the Best shows on TV right now!

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