• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 29, 2013
Season #: 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Jul 11, 2014
    100
    Masters of Sex is better than ever.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Jul 11, 2014
    100
    With Masters and Johnson occupying a space in between love, work, and friendship, the heart of the Masters feels like it is finally beating; the joy of the show is watching the two of them interact with each other, and Lizzy Caplan and Michael Sheen have thrown themselves wholeheartedly into their roles. Ashford and her team have also become more confident with pacing and plotting.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 11, 2014
    100
    It is intelligent, witty, quick-paced and surprising; it is tragic without being emotionally devastating.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 9, 2014
    100
    Better, richer, more compelling than season one.
  8. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 9, 2014
    100
    Masters of Sex is without question in Mad Men’s league as a period drama that looks inward, outward and unsteadily ahead. The performances of Sheen, Caplan, Janney and Bridges rival those in any ongoing TV series.
  9. 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.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jul 11, 2014
    90
    Director Michael Apted and writer Michelle Ashford masterfully guide you back into the Masters of Sex story, providing a beautifully textured framework for these wonderfully nuanced performances.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jul 14, 2014
    80
    In Season 2 the issues and tensions remain the same, but perfectly dialed up a notch or two.
  13. 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.
  14. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 11, 2014
    80
    For a show about sex and attraction, Masters of Sex is very cerebral, measured, distanced. But so are its characters, who use their intellects to protect their vulnerabilities.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 10, 2014
    80
    he come-on of the title notwithstanding very little about that is groundbreaking, or even surprising. But it is, almost without exception, highly watchable and entertaining.
  16. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Jul 10, 2014
    75
    Although the first episodes of the new season lack the snap and sizzle of the first season’s sexual discoveries, the air of indecision that haunts the show feels both accurate and unique.
  17. 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.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 122 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 122
  2. Negative: 20 out of 122
  1. 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 2i 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 Full Review »
  2. Aug 25, 2014
    1
    Very much liked season one. Season 2, however is utterly tiresome. The main characters are leaden and tedious, grubby even. ContinuallyVery 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. Full Review »
  3. 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 asGreat 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. Full Review »