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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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86

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7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 257 Ratings

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  • Summary: Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan star as pioneering human sexuality researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson in a 1950s-set drama based on a book by Thomas Maier.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Sep 13, 2013
    100
    The characters get better and more complex, the story builds, strange things start to happen and now I can’t wait to see how its interweaving plots unfold.... It’s rare that a show can intuit what the viewer wants and deliver it, but that’s precisely what happened.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 27, 2013
    100
    There is no more fascinating, or entertaining, new series this fall season.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 27, 2013
    100
    Performance is never a problem for the cast of Masters of Sex. Caplan, Sheen and the supporting players keep everything humming in the best new drama of the fall season. You’ll want to watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Sep 23, 2013
    88
    It makes the most of its pay-TV platform by showing plenty of skin, but the sex scenes service a bigger story made all the more compelling by a couple of strong leads in Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan.
  5. Reviewed by: Sara Smith
    Sep 30, 2013
    80
    Although it’s a medical drama on one level, Masters of Sex is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, with romances, mysteries and coming-of-age stories unfolding throughout its large cast.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 27, 2013
    80
    It’s an inviting, beautifully acted, and smartly written period drama set in the 1950s
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Sep 30, 2013
    50
    Regardless of historical veracity, though, some of the drama here is shopworn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 37
  2. Negative: 3 out of 37
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    10
    Saw the first two episodes and they're great. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan will get Emmy nods next year. Happy that Showtime finally have aSaw the first two episodes and they're great. Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan will get Emmy nods next year. Happy that Showtime finally have a good series after Homeland. This is very promising. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2014
    10
    An absolutely brilliant show in which every story thread has real interest. It is intelligently written for a mature adult audience and aAn absolutely brilliant show in which every story thread has real interest. It is intelligently written for a mature adult audience and a great cast make it come alive. Michael Sheen and Allison Janney stand out, but every one is a great contributor to what is possibly the best show of 2013. Expand
  3. Oct 4, 2013
    10
    You don't get a more titillating topic than the dawn of America's sexual revolution... The writing and directing strikes just the rightYou don't get a more titillating topic than the dawn of America's sexual revolution... The writing and directing strikes just the right balance between the clinical and the profane allowing the audience to walk the same tightrope as the character. LIzzy Caplan is divine and the chemistry between her and Michael Sheen and Caitlin Fitzgerald (whom I hope we see blossom in many ways), is delicious and fraught with tension. Beau Bridges brings his usual comic genius while keeping his performance reigned in enough to assert his character's authority and the dignity of the institution. Expand
  4. Oct 14, 2013
    9
    Compelling, well acted and crafted show with an interesting premise unlike anything else on television. Impeccable writing, authentic to it'sCompelling, well acted and crafted show with an interesting premise unlike anything else on television. Impeccable writing, authentic to it's period, rare and engrossing. Expand
  5. Aug 11, 2014
    9
    The series is much improved from Season 1. I wonder how accurately it portrays the actual events since since so little is written aboutThe series is much improved from Season 1. I wonder how accurately it portrays the actual events since since so little is written about Masters and Johnson on line. I hope the ratings are good enough for a 3rd season renewal! Expand
  6. Dec 15, 2013
    8
    Its provocative title delivers intrigue and attention that fortunately it deserves. this is no "Game of Thrones" epic historical drama orIts provocative title delivers intrigue and attention that fortunately it deserves. this is no "Game of Thrones" epic historical drama or Showtime own house of conspiracy "Homeland".nonetheless, this show has shown its own merits in solid storytelling that involve complex relationship and interesting character.
    The set production is well design that kept the mood of that period intact and the performance is
    brilliant with Lizzy Caplan bringing the charms and wits and MIchael being more serious and thoughtful as the leading man.
    "Masters of Sex" might as well is one of the best new entry for television in 2013 and another achievement for Showtime.
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  7. Jul 11, 2015
    0
    The MOST boring & ugliest stories about ridiculously prostituting medical professions!!! just disgusting scientific masked... no love justThe MOST boring & ugliest stories about ridiculously prostituting medical professions!!! just disgusting scientific masked... no love just like animal testing??? Expand

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