Masters of Sex stars Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives romance and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson and the effect their research had on the family and colleagues around them. Their study ignited a sexual revolution and took them from a Midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. Also starring Caitlin FitzGerald Teddy Sears... and Nicholas D'Agosto. Guest Starring two-time Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges. [show more]
Masters of Sex is the story of the beginning of the sexual revolution. It's an intelligent drama that mixes visual style and flair with thoughtful story-lines and affecting performances from a likeable and capable cast. It tells the story of the professional careers, after-hours goings-on and often difficult home-lives of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan).
Bill Masters is fertility expert investigating the biology of sexual response, that is ahead of his time and technically brilliant, but also arrogant, emotionally standoffish and socially inept. He is (heartbreakingly for his wife) unable, or unwilling, to impregnate her, despite her being desperate to start a family. Their sex life is (un)surprisingly rather detached and slightly stagnant, until it is torpedoed entirely when Masters and Johnson begin to mix work with pleasure.
Virginia Johnson is the single working mother in a man's world who is trying desperately to be equal to the men around her. She is actually far better academically but still finds it hard to climb the greasy ladder of success in the world of work. She becomes Masters' trusted colleague and eventually his research assistant as they delve further into their study, both becoming increasingly entangled in their work and each other, professionally and sexually. Johnson is able to relate to people on a real and emotional level, in a way that Masters never could, making her essential to the success of the research that they are performing.
Sheen is excellent as Masters, a complex character, that is condescending and arrogant, yet occasionally nurturing, loving and caring. His range is impressive and he really inhabits the role fully with genuine skill and ability. Caplan takes on one of her most impressive leading roles yet, as Johnson proving beyond doubt that she is so much more than a supporting actress in rom-coms. Their chemistry together is perfect: from detached and aloof work colleagues to should-we-be-doing-this lovers their character arcs and interactions are a joy to watch.
Despite Masters being married and Johnson having other love interests the focus on their relationship is a large part of the show. Their path from simple work colleagues to research partners to eventually lovers is well written, delightfully acted, poignant and honest.
Excellent support from a strong cast including Caitlin FitzGerald as Bill's increasingly estranged wife, Libby, Nicholas D'Agosto as Dr. Ethan Haas, the playboy with a nasty streak, Beau Bridges as the sexually-confused University Pro-Host, Barton Scully and Allison Janney as his sex-starved, rejected wife Margaret. Their characters are all vitally important to the show, fully-rounded with interesting and developed personalities, all with their own secrets and personal motivations for their actions.
The direction is excellent and the locations, internal decor, white goods, telephones, clothing, makeup, hairstyles and cars are all beautifully aligned to the period of the 50s. It all makes the show feel real and of the moment, giving it real life and verve. And as the 50s is one of my favourite periods of history it's a delight for me to watch.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Masters of Sex stars Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan, who portray the real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality, Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson. The series chronicles the unusual lives, romance and pop culture trajectory of Masters and Johnson and the effect their research had on the family and colleagues around them. Their study ignited a sexual revolution and took them from a Midwestern teaching hospital in St. Louis to the cover of Time magazine. Also starring Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears and Nicholas D’Agosto. Guest Starring two-time Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges.
The first series of the TV drama based on the lives of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, who conducted pioneering research into the nature of human sexual attraction. Dr William Masters (Michael Sheen) is a leading US obstetrician determined to launch a study of human sexual behaviour. When he makes the acquaintance of Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), Masters finds an assistant who possesses the qualities to help him move forward with his plan. Though in many ways Masters and Johnson are polar opposites, as their project progresses a growing sense of attraction develops between the two and the line begins to blur between their personal and professional interests. The episodes are: 'Pilot', 'Race to Space', 'Standard Deviation', 'Thank You for Coming', 'Catherine', 'Brave New World', 'All Together Now', 'Love and Marriage', 'Involuntary', 'Fallout', 'Phallic Victories' and 'Manhigh'.