Caroline Madden, ‘Doah Staff Writer
November 6, 2013
Premiering on Sept. 29, “Masters of Sex” is a new dramedy series airing on Showtime. Five episodes into the 12-episode season, the show is already picked up for a second season premiering in 2014. “Masters of Sex” is a biographic television show based on Thomas Maier’s biography “Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love.” Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson were two researchers who pioneered the research of physiological sexual responses in the 1950s. Their work helped debunk many misconceptions about the biology of sex.
Michael Sheen plays Dr. William Masters, an intelligent obstetrician with a passion for his research. At times his clinical nature may come off as cold; but as we learn of some of Dr. Masters’ questionable family history, we begin to see that he is merely bottling many of his true emotions inside. Virginia’s wry humor and effervescence, wonderfully executed by Lizzy Caplan – known for her role as Janis Ian in “Mean Girls”- makes Virginia the show’s delightful front-runner. Starting out as a secretary with no college degree, Virginia becomes Dr. Masters’ research partner. Providing the social skills that Dr. Master’s lacks, she is able to charm people into participating in the controversial experiments. The show is also filled with many intriguing supporting characters, most notably Dr. Masters’ wife Libby played by Caitlin FitzGerald.
Unlike other television shows where you do not know what is going to happen to the characters throughout the season, all one has to do is Google (or read the book) about Dr. Masters and Virginia Johnson’s lives. Already the show is planting the seed of the chemistry between them, and it is all the more fun knowing how that will end.
“Masters of Sex” is the lighthearted answer to “Mad Men”– a fascinating portrait of the 1950s era and the role sexuality played in that time. The title lends itself to the fact that there is going to be sex in the show, so provocative scenes and dialogue are expected. But that should not shy anyone away from the show. “Masters of Sex” is the perfect blend of comedy and drama, with fun and silly characters that also have very real and tender moments. Don’t miss out on this fantastic new Showtime series.