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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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89

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7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 41 Ratings

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  • Summary: Bill and Virginia continue their studies in the second season of the drama.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 11, 2014
    100
    Masters of Sex has much more on its mind than simply the tumultuous relationship between its two famous central characters. But if it just had those two, it would still be among the best things you could watch on television this summer.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 11, 2014
    100
    Masters and Johnson's work was all about bringing sex in its infinite varieties out into the open. The psychological richness of Masters of Sex positions it to be a worthy successor to the fast-fading (except in Emmy voters' eyes) Mad Men.
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 14, 2014
    100
    The series returns for season 2 on July 13 on Showtime, still excelling thanks to a confluence of terrific casting, great performances and smart storytelling about America in the repressed 1950s.
  4. Reviewed by: Diane Garrett
    Jul 11, 2014
    90
    With lead characters this complex, showrunner Michelle Ashford has plenty of material to plumb for episodes to come. Judging by the second season's start, Masters of Sex is just getting down to business.
  5. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Jul 9, 2014
    83
    Masters may be set in the 1950s, but its politics don't need to live there as well. Luckily, the conversations between the women are just as juicy as last season.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 11, 2014
    80
    Showing people having sex while wired up to machines may have gotten viewers in the door, but it's the characters and the performances that should keep them there.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Jul 9, 2014
    63
    Masters of Sex remains passingly enjoyable, thanks largely to the cast, including Caitlin FitzGerald, Keke Palmer, and Allison Janney, all of whom help to refocus the series on the crucial role of women in sexual and scientific exploration.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 4 out of 8
  1. Jul 14, 2014
    10
    Great start. Among with Hannibal, House of Cards and Orange is The New Black, Masters of Sex was one of the best shows last year and this season couldn't have started better. From a person who have read the book the series is based, I got to tell they are doing an amazing and clever job adaptating. Most of the things we see on the show were created by the writers and I am fine with it because it's so entertaining and well done. Expand
  2. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    One of the finest shows on television today. It's broader focus this season has somehow managed to improve upon an already outstanding first season. All around wonderful performances and truly great writing are just two of this shows many attributes. Expand
  3. Jul 18, 2014
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Everything about the show seemed well done. My only grievance is with the character of Masters. He is completely unlikeable and is a freak. The conversation at the end of the episode where the two officially begin their affair is so messed up. It makes no sense why Virginia would want to do this with the way he spoke. Expand
  4. Sep 21, 2014
    3
    Great idea for a show that could be great, but poor acting and weak plot lines make this difficult to watch. Lizzy Caplan's range is about as strong as Kristen Stewarts. Costumes and sets are great, but not as strong as other period pieces such as Mad Men. The first season was far superior, although that isn't really saying much. Expand
  5. Aug 25, 2014
    1
    Very much liked season one. Season 2, however is utterly tiresome. The main characters are leaden and tedious, grubby even. Continually entertained by the x Mrs. Pretzel King. She provides joy. Expand
  6. Sep 20, 2014
    0
    I thought the first season was ok and had an innovative idea. The second season takes everything that is bad from the first (ramming feminism down our throats) and takes little to nothing good from the first season - the general exploration of human sexuality - I also note the acting has gone down a notch. How should they improve? Easy, don't take away the feminist driven agenda, just challenge it with something thats a little better than a straw-man. The show has stopped being intellectually stimulating because of this. I won't be watching seasson 3. Expand
  7. Jul 25, 2014
    0
    i really enjoyed the first season but the second season is starting to bore me season 1 was a whole bunch enertaining but now that season 2 has started i have lost interest in the show Expand

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