Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex

Season One

DVD - 2014
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Chronicles the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. Masters, a successful OB/GYN, is conducting a secret study of human sexuality. Soon, he meets Virginia Johnson, 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' work. Together, they delve deeper than anyone before them into the science of sex and later become participants in their own research.


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Nov 07, 2017

Wonderful, marvelous. Some of the dialogue was a bit too long. But I liked that it dealt on the feeling level. Masters & Johnson were searching to discover the average sex life only to find that we can never predict what people do behind closed doors. I liked that there were several dramas & sub stories are going on all at once.

Sep 06, 2017

I found it difficult to care about the characters (any of them, not just the leads) or any part of the storyline because, frankly, the script is so unrealistic, the way people act so anachronistic, that you can't take any of what goes on seriously. The timeframe is similar to Mad Men (mid-'50s) but Mad Men had such great depth in comparison, was so well-written with characters you cared about. This one has none of that.

There is of course, gratuitous female nudity, while the men are naturally covered up to the max, so I call out sexism.

Only pluses go to Michael Sheen and Allison Janney for their acting and a few mentions of the findings of Masters and Johnson. However, this brings up another major flaw, in that a show about the research into sexual dysfunction shows us only characters with no sexual dysfunction. Were all their research subjects orgasmic? I think not, even if the people who chose to participate in the study were more sexually adventurous people. (In real life, most of the women who participated in the study were prostitutes earning a bit on the side.) At any rate the show does not fully respect the reality of sex that made M&J's work so useful to the world. Yes, the show poo-poos (for lack of a better phrase) the myth of vaginal orgasm, but then shows women having orgasms without clitoral stimulation. The show wants to have its cake and eat it. I wish they'd shown more integrity.

In short, this is a soap opera with boobies. This follows the formula of so many shows on premium cable, where they find a setting to put attractive actors together and have sex as often as needed to keep the viewers interested. Then the producers pad out the drama to keep the show going for as many series as they can manage to earn maximum dollars. But ultimately these shows are just soap operas. There is no overall theme, and the characters have only limited growth. It's just a money making exercise with no pretensions to artistry.

Much better than I anticipated. Sort of MAD MEN at a Midwest research university. Beau Bridges and Allison Janney are terrific as the provost and his wife.

Aug 30, 2015

Worth watching. I will have to read the book at some point to see how much truth v. fiction there is in the series re: Masters & Johnson's relationship. Either way, basing a series on medical/psychological research is at least a novel premise to start from when creating a new TV drama.

Aug 02, 2015

i was influenced by the positive reviews from professional critics. However, for me this TV series is OK but nothing to write home about. In fact, after watching a few episodes, i gave it a pass to move onto something more engaging, like "Hannibal".

Jul 20, 2015

This show features smart performances, and impeccable period decor.the characters get better and more complex and , the story builds. Can't wait to watch Season. II

May 13, 2015

A very interesting and a very fruity first season.

kevfarley Mar 12, 2015

I really became involved and entertained in the (slightly guilty) pleasure of following "Masters of Sex".

I agree that its probably 'soapy', and that its hard to guess how much reality is involved in the portrayal of these historical figures.
However, I really got caught up in the 'soap',.. and I feel that they recreated the context of the repressed sexual and social mores
of that time with amazing accuracy !
I still can remember the impact of the Masters and Johnsons studies, and also of the Kinsey Reports, on a scandalized Public.

Really,...the percentages of faked female orgasms was a shocking stastic at the time, and the primacy of clitoral stimulation had been a total mystery !!
And...etc., etc.

My greatest peeve with this interesting series is that there are no factual "bonus" Documentaries included in it,.. about the historical context and genuine contribution of the Masters and Johnson Studies, or their lingering social impact on our present 'sexual revolution'.

Apparently it was assumed that everyone already knows all that background (!?).

I'm sure that the T.V producers must have lost a lot of their potential younger audiences... "Masters and who ?"

Feb 11, 2015

This is not a deep or profound series, rather it is a slick soap opera full of cliched characters &
a large, very large dildo. The actors, given the many faux sex scenes, are great fakers.
"Why would you fake an orgasm", our sexpert Masters asks? "Because you want to get it over with", Johnson answers. And so it goes. Some may find the dialogue & visuals titallating. Others may see them as sexy as a bubble bath in a desert.

Dec 05, 2014

While I'm sure the title was meant to draw viewers in, this Showtime series is about much more than just sex. Love, attraction, gender roles, career, and social norms are all a key part of the show, which treats them with intelligence, wit, and warmth. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are way more attractive than the actual Masters and Johnson, but make a great pair and the supporting cast, which includes Caitlin FitzGerald, Beau Bridges, Julianne Nicholson, and Allison Janey, are equally good. Fans of "Mad Men" will enjoy the similar sense of style, as well as the tensions bubbling underneath the seemingly calm and orderly facade.

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Jan 03, 2017

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