Thursday, September 26, 2013
It's based on the founders of the Masters and Johnson's Institute, which studied human sexuality from the late 50's to the 90's. Michael Sheen plays William Masters and Lizzy Caplan, who I think looks a lot like Marion Cotillard, plays Virginia Johnson, the two have an interesting, odd chemistry. I can just imagine the twists and turns their relationship is going to take in the course of a couple of seasons. He totally turns the tables on her at the end of this pilot episode, even though she's very much a character that can hold her own.
In terms of production value, nobody can do period like "Mad Men", but the set decor for "Masters of Sex", particularly Masters and his wife's apartment, is pretty great and feels authentic. Make sure the kids are in bed before you tune in on Sunday night's cause there's a lot of nudity, and a lot of sex! But it's not trying to be outrageous or gratuitous - it's got good structure, this first episode was completely compelling, and I think the show could prove to be noteworthy.
Created by - Michelle Ashford
Based on - Thomas Maier's biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson
Series Premiere - 10pm Sunday, September 29, 2013.
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