While most people in the late 1950s could barely bring themselves to talk about sex, this team was studying it!
Kinsey I had heard of, but I hadn’t learned about the contributions Masters & Johnsons made to the study of human sexual response. This series is based on their work. (Some details, however, are fictional.)
I tuned in last night at 10pm for the series premier on Showtime, and I look forward to tuning in again for Episode 2. While William Masters (played by Michael Sheen) comes off as an arrogant doctor with an ego bigger than his name, I anticipate that his character will be evolving in positive ways throughout the series–partly due to influence from his secretary and soon-to-be partner, Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), a sexually revolutionized character with whom I have already begun to fall in love.
In their review, LA Times put it nicely: “Without making any extraordinary claims for it, it is easy to watch and to recommend, mostly sweet-natured, with a host of well-shaded performances and almost nothing to insult your intelligence.”
If you missed the premier, you can watch it on Showtime’s website, where they feature full episodes of some of their best shows (obviously to entice you to sign up–maybe it will work with this one).