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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 235 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
    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
    There is no more fascinating, or entertaining, new series this fall season.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 27, 2013
    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
    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: Terri Schwartz
    Sep 30, 2013
    All together Masters of Sex makes an engaging pilot, but it is as yet untested as a premise for a series.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 27, 2013
    It’s an inviting, beautifully acted, and smartly written period drama set in the 1950s
  7. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Sep 30, 2013
    Regardless of historical veracity, though, some of the drama here is shopworn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 36
  2. Negative: 2 out of 36
  1. Sep 29, 2013
    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 a good series after Homeland. This is very promising. Expand
  2. Jan 4, 2014
    An 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
    You 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. Nov 29, 2013
    This review contains spoilers. It's rare a show comes along where you can really care for every character. Even in masterpieces like Breaking Bad or Justified, that isn't the case. And any lesser writers would have taken this story and bastardized it to no end. The original premise is still intact, devoid of any contrived romances or senseless side plots. Sure, our two main characters start up a sexual relationship, but we can see that they still genuinely care about the work they're doing despite it. The supporting cast is also impeccable. Collapse
  5. Sep 29, 2013
    An exceptionally well done pilot. Masters Of Sex managed to set out a clear, but not obvious, line of plot and also establishes its characters confidentially and with ease. I admit I was skeptical over whether this show would be intelligent and witty or just plain coarse, thankfully it isn't the latter. I definitely recommend this. Expand
  6. Feb 17, 2014
    The colorful differences between its characters, especially those which makes Bill different from Virginia (and the other way around), .keeps us guessing just how different everyone views romance and human sexuality. HBO's first season of Masters of Sex has cooked up its smarts with finesse; having nudity pushed as a norm – studied, understood, and carefully avoiding objectification over storytelling. Expand
  7. Jul 30, 2014
    let me start this review by saying vagina vagina vagina, line of boring dialogue followed by some very bland look **** and the some discussion of **** gay or fornication with a stone face in the name of science. If I wanted a porno I would watch a porno this hybrid does nothing for body or mind. Expand

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