Witness the start of the sexual revolution in Showtime’s Golden Globe-nominated drama Masters of Sex: Season One. Developed by Primetime Emmy nominee Michelle Ashford, it is based on Thomas Maier's biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. The 12-episode first season chronicles the work and after-hours lives of the science of human sexuality's pioneers, William Masters and Virginia 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.
Golden Globe and BAFTA Award nominee Michael Sheen portrays the brilliant and renowned fertility specialist William Masters and acclaimed actress Lizzy Caplan is the former nightclub entertainer who becomes his invaluable partner Virginia Johnson. It also features a top-notch ensemble cast that includes Caitlin Fitzgerald, Teddy Sears and Nicholas D'Agosto. Guest stars in the series include Beau Bridges, Julianne Nicholson and Allison Janney.
DVD and Blu-ray special features include deleted scenes, commentary on the pilot episode and three featurettes. The making-of featurette is a behind-the-scenes exploration on the creation of the series, from inception through production. In “A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters,” celebrated actor Michael Sheen discusses why he found Masters such a great character to portray, what he learned during his research into the role, and what the greatest challenges were in portraying Dr. Masters. In “Ahead of Her Time: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson,” Lizzy speaks in depth about her research for the role and the secret to playing opposite a 'master' like Michael Sheen. Exclusive to Blu-ray are two additional featurettes. In “The Real Masters: A Conversation with Thomas Maier,” the acclaimed biographer shares some of the most amazing discoveries he made about the lives of Masters and Johnson while researching them for his book. Maier also talks about the extraordinary influence that Masters and Johnson have had on American culture in general. And in “Surprising Facts About Sex: The Masters' Great Discoveries,” it reviews some of the most surprising and shocking discoveries Masters and Johnson made about sex during their deep scientific research into human sexual behavior.
Masters of Sex: Season 2 premieres on Showtime on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
- “Pilot” - Dramatic depiction of the lives of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson. In the opener, Masters begins conducting a secret study of human sexuality and meets Virginia Johnson, a former nightclub singer who joins the hospital secretarial staff and proves herself to be an asset to Masters' work.
- “Race to Space” - Masters blames Johnson when the sexual response study is forced out of the hospital. To continue his research, Masters moves the study to a brothel but soon realizes that to manage the chaos of the cathouse he needs Johnson's help.
- “Standard Deviation” - Research continues in the brothel but skewed data convinces Masters to get the study back into the hospital. Meanwhile, Johnson meets a new female doctor; Libby struggles to conceive; and Dr. Haas gets the case of a lifetime: a woman pregnant with quadruplets.
- “Thank You for Coming” - New participants are recruited on campus for the study and Johnson is shocked when her ex-husband wants to sign up. Meanwhile, Masters' mother visits but her new take on life stirs up painful memories; and Libby's attempt at playing matchmaker for Virginia and Ethan doesn't go as smoothly as she had hoped.
- “Catherine” - The study is expanded to include couples. Meanwhile, Johnson tries to connect with her son who prefers to spend time with his dad; Masters becomes anxious about becoming a father; and Ethan learns that dating the provost's daughter could impact his medical career.
- “Brave New World” - Libby and Masters travel to Miami for rest, but he is drawn back into his work by a sexually adventurous couple next door. Meanwhile, Virginia tries to debunk Freud's theory that one kind of female orgasm is better than another; and Langham finds an unlikely cure for his sexual dysfunction in Margaret Scully.
- “All Together Now” - Masters and Johnson become participants in their sexual response study, but Johnson fears their work is interfering with Masters' home life. Meanwhile, Libby pressures Dr. Haas to resume her fertility treatments in secret; Haas struggles to let go of his feelings for Virginia as his relationship with Vivian deepens; and Margaret Scully confronts her husband about their troubled marriage.
- “Love and Marriage” - Masters and Johnson decide the best way to record their findings is to film them, but to do so they have to enlist outside help. Meanwhile, Johnson redoubles her efforts to get a college degree. Elsewhere, Scully takes drastic steps to control his sexual impulses and Haas and Langham convince each other of the merits of being married men.
- “Involuntary” - Masters and Johnson decide to film external reactions in the study, and must convince Lester and Jane that their footage won't cross the line into pornography. Meanwhile, Haas reveals he is Jewish; Libby keeps her pregnancy a secret from Masters; and Estabrooks observes Masters and Johnson's intimate relationship.
- “Fallout” - Conflicts escalate at the hospital during a nationwide civil defense drill and a former study participant reveals that she is pregnant and wants to know the identity of the father. Later, Masters and Johnson disagree over whether to maintain study confidentiality while Haas learns he has been denied a job at the hospital. Meanwhile, Margaret Scully seeks answers about her husband's sexuality from an unlikely source.
- “Phallic Victories” - Masters and Libby compile study information for a hospital-wide presentation. DePaul and Johnson travel to a medical convention and DePaul opens up on why her work on the Pap smear is important. Meanwhile, Virginia's ex-husband returns and finds Ethan playing father to his children.
- “Manhigh” - Season 1 ends with Masters making a hospital-wide presentation of his work and being disappointed with the response. Meanwhile, Haas entertains a job offer at UCLA Hospital and considers what a move would mean for his relationship with Virginia; and Scully pursues electroshock treatment with the hope of curing his homosexuality, but Margaret has second thoughts about the risks involved.
- Michael Sheen as Dr. William H. Masters
- Lizzy Caplan as Dr. Virginia E. Johnson
- Caitlin Fitzgerald as Libby Masters
- Teddy Sears as Dr. Austin Langham
- Nicholas D'Agosto as Dr. Ethan Haas
- Annaleigh Ashford as Betty DiMello
- Beau Bridges as Provost Barton Scully
- Allison Janney as Margaret Scully
- Rose McIver as Vivian Scully
- Heléne Yorke as Jane Martin
- Julianne Nicholson as Dr. Lillian DePaul
- Nicholle Tom as Maureen
- Ann Dowd as Estabrooks Masters
- Finn Wittrock as Dale
DVD Special Features:
- Commentary on the Pilot episode with Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald, Teddy Sears, Michelle Ashford & Sarah Timberman
- Making Masters of Sex - A behind-the-scenes exploration on the creation of the series, from inception through production.
- A Masterful Portrayal: Michael Sheen as Dr. Masters - Celebrated actor Michael Sheen discusses why he found Masters such a great character to portray, what he learned during his research into the role, and what the greatest challenges were in portraying Dr. Masters.
- Ahead of Her Time: Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson - Lizzy speaks in depth about her research for the role and the secret to playing opposite a 'master' like Michael Sheen.
- Deleted Scenes
Blu-ray Special Features:
Includes all DVD Special Features plus:
- The Real Masters: A Conversation with Thomas Maier - Masters of Sex is based upon the biography of Masters and Johnson by acclaimed biographer Thomas Maier. In this featurette, Maier shares some of the most amazing discoveries he made about the lives of Masters and Johnson while researching them for his book. Maier also talks about the extraordinary influence that Masters and Johnson have had on American culture in general.
- Surprising Facts About Sex: The Masters' Great Discoveries - In Masters of Sex, Masters and Johnson embark upon years of deep scientific research into human sexual behavior. This featurette reviews some of the most surprising and shocking discoveries they made about sex.
- Target - Masters of Sex: Season One includes exclusive content: "Elegant Repression: The Costumes & Style of Masters of Sex" and "Sex & Mid-Century Modern: An Exclusive Set Tour."
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