As the pilot explains:
In 1956, a nationally renowned fertility specialist met a former nightclub singer.
Ten years later, they publish a scientific study which revolutionized our understanding of human sexuality.
Michael Sheen and Lizzie Caplan star in the drama, and, yes, Virginia Johnson was a former nightclub singer before she worked with William Masters. If you do not know much about Masters and Johnson other than that they were the authors of Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy, there is quite a lot in the pilot that may shock you. In fact, as much nudity and as explicit as some of the scenes are, it is a scene near the end that will deliver the biggest shock, and the crazy thing is that it is true.
Sheen plays Masters as a cold genius who has little or no ability to read people. He desperately needs Johnson's warmth and empathy and her ability to connect to people, something Caplan easily provides, so much so that the easy violence of a scene late in the hour will make you gasp.
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If you do not have Showtime, you can still give it a try and watch the pilot on Showtime for free here.
Warning, as is implied by the subject matter, there is nudity and sexually explicit content the pilot and likely the entire series.