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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 194 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: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  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. Sep 29, 2013
    Masters of Sex is definitely the best new show of the fall season, and probably the best premiere I've seen in the past year. Sheen and Caplan are great as Masters and Johnson, and the quality of the show is top notch. It's not only a show about sex, but a smart, witty, real life tale of two historical figures. Expand
  3. Oct 3, 2013
    This and The Americans are the two best shows of 2013. The early episodes are rich and show few signs of pilot pains. The lead actors (Sheen, Caplan) work incredibly well together, What makes this series exciting is the writing. It's sharp and smart. Too many shows recently e.g. House of Cards and Ray Donovan, suffer because while they have good actors, the written is terrible. MoS is one of the best shows of the year, new and old. Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2013
    I give this show a 10 after the first episode. I went into this show knowing about Masters & Johnson and wondering how it would be handled well, to my surprise it was brilliant. At least the pilot episode. It caught me immediately and kept my interest. The acting, the dialogue/writing is so intentional that it becomes an even richer experience for me. The subject of sex for these pioneers is NOT a joke or a game but rather a real interest in the understanding of human sexuality. The respect in his work along with his passion for science and the sexual experience makes Masters worthy of respect, truly. I look forward to this show and to the whole journey of understanding how these two people changed the way we look our sex, sensuality, and sexuality and how we operate in these arenas as human beings. I cannot leave without saying that Johnson (Virginia) is a powerhouse--her intensity and intelligence is something to behold!! Expand
  5. Nov 29, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. 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. Expand
  6. 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
  7. Dec 26, 2013
    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 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. Collapse

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