“Masters of Sex” has arrived, premiering on Sunday (Sept. 29) on Showtime, and while those skimming their cable box listing hoping for some salacious fun may have felt a tad underwhelmed (only a tad, mind you — there is still pay cable, after all), those who anticipated a smart character-driven period piece that could very well take the title of best new series were likely quite taken.
The new series stars Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson, the pioneers of science of human sexuality, trying to buck the conservative mindset of the ’50 to advance the understanding of sex. Sheen presents an interesting character study as Masters that promises to unfurl like an onion as weeks advance, but Caplan is the shining star.
She’s certainly been great in guest roles before, but this role, as the free-thinking, twice-divorced single mom who might likely single-handedly spark the sexual revolution, she’s the shining beacon of the fall 2013 season. Consider us hooked.
What did you think of “Masters of Sex”? Did the new series turn you on or was it one long cold shower?