Season 1 of Showtime’s critically acclaimed Masters of Sex has just ended, which means you can watch it on demand or on Netflix before season 2 starts up in the new year–a perfect holiday pastime.
And watch it you should. After Kinsey and before the sexual revolution went into full swing, Dr. William Masters (Oscar nominee Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) were researchers tracking America’s kink factor–or lack thereof–in of all places, St. Louis, where Masters was a prominent ob-gyn and closet researcher. What did women and men like to do in bed? Who had orgasms and who didn’t and what brought them about? What about the gays? (One of Masters’ and Johnson’s books was Homosexuality in Perspective where they explain gay is here to stay.)
Michelle Ashford’s dark comedy of sexual mores is based on Thomas Maier’s book Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Master and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. An intriguing look into our not-so-distant past and the American sexual landscape, Masters of Sex is a fling worth having.
5. Naked Women Are Always Hot
Masters of Sex has plenty of...sex. There are women everywhere–pretty and sexy and complicated. Yet this isn’t just veiled porno. The show–despite the nakedness–is about what sex does to us and what society does to people who have sex. It’s complicated because sex is complicated. If you watch Masters of Sex you’ll come away hot, but you’ll also come away with knowledge you didn’t have before presented by a cast of characters that is utterly compelling.