• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 257 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 257

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  1. Sep 20, 2014
    5
    What starts as a reasonably thought provoking series on a taboo subject even by today's standards quickly turns into feminist propaganda that is rammed down our throats. The acting is solid, the show is well directed and produced, around 3/4 of the season has a good plot but this is quickly ruined by the 'subtext'.
  2. Dec 26, 2013
    5
    Certainly not a terrible series, especially with its boldness and the various emotional conflicts the series explores, but definitely overrated. Personally, I found the actors somewhat unbelievable in their roles, and that at times it is severely underacted. Though less may be more, zero is still zero. Nonetheless, I do not think it is as awful as I have seen some call it, and it isCertainly not a terrible series, especially with its boldness and the various emotional conflicts the series explores, but definitely overrated. Personally, I found the actors somewhat unbelievable in their roles, and that at times it is severely underacted. Though less may be more, zero is still zero. Nonetheless, I do not think it is as awful as I have seen some call it, and it is nice to see a show with no fear towards the still controversial topics it addresses. If only it was just slightly better at doing this, I would probably love it. Expand
  3. Sep 21, 2014
    5
    It is a great idea of a show, but weak acting is the biggest problem. Sheen is adequate, but Caplan is difficult to watch as she is either trying too hard to be "sultry" or ends up coming off as manic during one of her tantrums. Season 1 plot lines are far stronger than season 2. Overall it is mildly entertaining, but Caplan was a poor casting choice. Caitlin FitzGerald and AnnaleighIt is a great idea of a show, but weak acting is the biggest problem. Sheen is adequate, but Caplan is difficult to watch as she is either trying too hard to be "sultry" or ends up coming off as manic during one of her tantrums. Season 1 plot lines are far stronger than season 2. Overall it is mildly entertaining, but Caplan was a poor casting choice. Caitlin FitzGerald and Annaleigh Ashford are the two supporting actors that are holding up the show. Expand
Metascore
86

Universal acclaim - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Oct 16, 2013
    91
    It's a smart show that plays dumb at first, just to get your attention. Masters may not yet be as groundbreaking as the true drama that inspired it. But like Betty, it knows how to fake it until things get real.
  2. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Oct 3, 2013
    80
    The dialogue isn’t always subtle, but it’s often sharp.
  3. 80
    Masters of Sex is an intelligent, assured drama that gets better and better as it goes along.