Last night I had the privilege of viewing the first episode of the new Showtime series, “Masters of Sex”. The theatre was not packed, which surprised me, and for anyone that could not make the premiere, it’s a shame. “Masters of Sex” is NSFW (yet certainly safe for cable TV), but holds up a light to the research team of Masters and Johnson, who pioneered scientific study into human sexual response, disorders, and dysfunctions between the late 1950s into the 90s. I had no idea who William H. Masters and Virginia E. Johnson were before last night, but I’ve already started the Wikipedia research!
“Masters of Sex” will premiere on Showtime this coming Sunday at 10 pm ET, right after “Homeland”. A completely different beast from the Claire Danes starring vehicle, viewers can expect wonderful acting (Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan are spectacular together!) and a heaping dose of nudity. However, the nudity is all shown to move the plot along. If you find yourself clicking through channels and stumble upon the show halfway in, only to see Lizzy in the buff (yes, Janis from “Mean Girls” gets takes it all off!), don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’re watching Late Night Cinemax (aka Skinemax). No, “Masters of Sex” is well written, well acted, and very much in tune to how life was for women in sexually repressed, sexist 1950s America.
I give this show a 4/5 and so far it’s at the top of my Fall must-see TV list (along with “The Goldberg’s”- I enjoyed every minute spent watching it this week!) Tuning in next Sunday for more!