Masters of Sex - Season 1 2014

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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 DâAgosto. Guest Starring two-time Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges.

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Masters of Sex Season 1

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Discs
  • Masters of Sex - Season 1 - Disc 1 ages_15_and_over
  • Masters of Sex - Season 1 - Disc 2 ages_15_and_over
  • Masters of Sex - Season 1 - Disc 3 ages_15_and_over
  • Masters of Sex - Season 1 - Disc 4 ages_15_and_over
Runtime 10 hours 49 minutes
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio Sony Pictures Home Ent.
Rental release 25 August 2014
Main languages English
Dubbing French
Subtitles Arabic, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, French, Hindi
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Laura TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD
I watched this on Channel 4 and it was excellent. Michael Sheen is great in everything but he excels in his role as the very serious Dr Bill Masters. He hires Virginia Johnson (Lizzie Caplan) as his Secretary. Virginia is a modern woman very in touch with her sexual self! Bill is married and he and his wife are trying for a baby. What comes to light in that respect makes the viewer see Bill as a rather cold and calculating individual. The fact this story is based on real life couple Williams and Johnson makes you realise that somewhere in the coming Seasons, Bill's poor wife is going to get terribly hurt. In fact quite a few characters will be effected by Masters and Johnson's actions.

Masters wants to know what happens to the body during sex. He is not exactly personable with the people he enlists to take part in his study. Realising Virginia is a people person, he enlists her as his Assistant. They begin experiments on prostitutes, anonymous couples and single men and women and observe their bodies responses during sex and masturbation. There are lots of sexual scenes in this series but nothing offensive. As the series progresses you sense Bill becoming attracted and intrigued by Virginia. I didn't sense Virginia reciprocating with the attraction until near the end of the series but by then, she has befriended his wife so as I said before, I'm beginning to feel sorry for his wife especially as it's based on a true story. After a while of experimenting on others, Bill and Virginia decide to participate in their own study, having sex with each other and monitoring their responses. I did feel the chemistry between them. Lizzy Caplan is fantastic in her role as Virginia. She's super confident and I loved it when she stood up to Bill.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Miss Scarlett on 7 Aug. 2014
Format: DVD
This is the first season of a show based on the real life studies of Dr Williams Masters and Virginia Johnson. Alongside being a gynaecologist, Masters started an illicit study of the secrets and science behind sex; everything you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask. In some ways, the show is similar to The X Files in that two mavericks, who are perfectly capable of doing an excellent job in a role that conforms, are dedicated to work which is controversial and laughed at yet it reveals hidden truths.

It goes without saying that the show has sexual content but it doesn't feel exploitative. The real interest of the show is Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson's (Lizzy Caplin) passion for their work and how this shared passion draws them to each other. It could be any branch of knowledge but the fact that it is a study of sex adds even more layers. What is real and what is science? The relationship between Masters and Johnson is a great slow burn, built on the profound level of a shared understanding- despite their very different personalities. Michael Sheen plays Masters' starchy attitude and personal struggles very effectively (that's the British speciality after all!). However because the character is so unlikeable, the show needs Caplin's warmness and feisty spirit.

One interesting thing the show does is to remove the rose-tinted spectacles with which we view 'the olden days'. Whilst they did wear some nice dresses in the fifties, it was a time when people had to rigidly conform to prejudice and women had to conform to gender rules that had been set by men. The show's tone is not preachy though; it has the right amount of tongue-in-cheek humour to make the science interesting.

Where the show is less interesting is in its secondary characters and conflicts.
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1956. William Masters is a doctor working at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Masters is a brilliant researcher in the field of fertility but is also working on a more pioneering project: the first-ever detailed study of the biology of human sexuality. With his superiors scandalised by the project, Masters recruits singer-turned-secretary Virginia Johnson to assist him.

Masters of Sex is a show based around an interesting, but surely limited, premise: what happened when the first American doctor tried to investigate the real biological processes involved during sex? Given this was the mid-1950s when homosexuality was still illegal, censors had a big problem with Elvis Presley's hips and society was dumbfounded when a woman expressed a desire to have a career, the answer is scandal, outrage and secrecy. It took a full decade for Masters and Johnson to finally publish their findings in the more liberal and free-swingin' 1960s, as they waited for society to catch up to the point where it could handle the facts their study revealed.

As the show starts that's a far bit off in the future. Instead, it initially comes across as a sexier version of Mad Men, with the furnishings, fashions and cars of the 1950s recreated with impeccable precision and the mores and limitations of society of the time evoked and then cast down thanks to the freedom of cable television, namely nudity and sex. You may have gathered from the premise that there's a lot flesh on display in this series and this is the case, although probably nowhere near as much as some were expecting.
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