If the name of this Showtime series is not enough to spark your interest, the cast of characters and scintillating plot line just might. Masters of Sex is a new cable network television series featuring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan portraying real life sex pioneers Dr. William Masters and his secretary turned research assistant Virginia Johnson. This provocative 1950's based Showtime drama follows the sexologist research duo and their sex exploits as they attempt to write the book on human sexuality and educate the world on the taboo undertaking of sex and all of its titillating intricacies.
Michael Sheen plays Washington University in St. Louis' prized OB/GYN whose curiosity and fascination with all things sex lead him to conduct progressive sex research which is viewed by his contemporaries as inordinately taboo. A maverick of sorts, Dr. William Masters doesn't only want to know about sex, he wants to understand the physiology behind human sexuality and is willing to go to any lengths (even conducting research out of a brothel) to improve his findings. When the series starts Michael Sheen's character, whom is yet to be given authorization to conduct his sexual experiments by University Provost Barton Scully (Beau Bridges), is hiding in a closet eagerly observing a prostitute have sex with a 'john' (a prostitute's client) while he notates items such as sexual positions and duration of the encounter. Masters stumbles across the outspoken Virginia Johnson and her impressive sexual IQ and non-traditional approach to the subject of sexuality and is instantaneously intrigued. After a brief conversation between the two, an illustrious relationship would form; Dr. William Masters, the studious and impersonal radical, and Virginia Johnson, the relate-able yet dogged assistant.
Masters of Sex does not fall short on water cooler talk as the sexologist duo of Masters and Johnson and their always entertaining sexual crusade makes for great cable network television. Masters and Johnson find themselves dealing with conceivable 'sexploits' throughout this 1950's based drama. Their sexual inquisitiveness finds the indomitable Dr. and his unabashed assistant in bizarre situations often requiring the two to step out of their comfort zones (becoming more 'hands-on' as the season progresses) in the name of their sexual research. This prime time cable network show may be in its infantile state, however its carnal nature and precipitous sex appeal have been enough to excite more than 5 million weekly viewers making the show one of Showtimes most successful of the new season, even topping Showtime favorite Homeland's first season.
The performances by Caplan and Sheen in Masters of Sex are the lubricated engine that will keep this Showtime series and its poignant subject matter running; as a matter of fact, this series has already been green lit for another sex-filled season of palpable eroticism and drama. Look out for this popular new sex-filled drama series on Sundays airing during its appropriately placed late night time slot, airing at 10 PM ET on Showtime.