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Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex

Showtime 2013

William Masters and Virginia Johnson are real-life pioneers of the science of human sexuality. Their research touched off the sexual revolution and took them from a midwestern teaching hospital to the cover of Time magazine and multiple appearances on Johnny Carson's couch. He is a brilliant scientist out of touch with his own feelings, and she is a single working mother ahead of her time. The series chronicles their unusual lives, romance, and unlikely pop culture trajectory.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Masters of Sex

Masters of Sex - S1E12

#1 - Manhigh


Season 1 - Episode 12

Masters’ work on human sexuality culminates with a hospital-wide presentation of his and Johnson’s research findings. But when Masters attempts to push the envelope with the external footage of the female orgasm, the doctors’ response to the film is not what he had hoped. Meanwhile, Haas entertains a job offer at UCLA Hospital and considers what a move would mean for his relationship with Virginia. Scully pursues electroshock treatment with the hope of curing his homosexuality but Margaret has second thoughts about the risks involved.

The episode was rated from 736 votes.

Masters of Sex - S1E6

#2 - Brave New World


Season 1 - Episode 6

In the aftermath of the miscarriage, Libby and Masters travel to Miami for some much needed rest and relaxation, but Masters is drawn back into his work by a sexually adventurous couple next door. Alone in the hospital, Virginia enlists Jane in an effort 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.

The episode was rated from 882 votes.

Masters of Sex - S1E5

#3 - Catherine


Season 1 - Episode 5

When Masters and Johnson expand the study to include couples, they discover that the science of sex is easily complicated by the mystery of attraction. Johnson tries to connect with her son who prefers his dad. In anticipation of his baby’s impending arrival, Masters experiences anxiety about becoming a father. And Dr. Ethan Haas learns that dating the provost’s daughter could impact his medical career.

The episode was rated from 921 votes.

Masters of Sex - S4E4

#4 - Coats or Keys


Season 4 - Episode 4

Johnson, Masters, Libby and Keller wind up together at a party thrown by Art and Nancy. Pairings and perspectives shift as the night wears on, until the light of day exposes the consequences of the evening.

The episode was rated from 543 votes.

Masters of Sex - S1E7

#5 - All Together Now


Season 1 - Episode 7

Masters and Johnson continue their sexual response study – now as participants – but Johnson fears their work may be interfering with Masters’ home life. Libby pressures Dr. Haas to resume her fertility treatments in secret. Meanwhile, Haas struggles to let go of feelings for Virginia as his relationship with Vivian deepens. And Margaret Scully, caught in her infidelity, confronts her husband on the mounting problems in their marriage.

The episode was rated from 845 votes.

Masters of Sex - S1E9

#6 - Involuntary


Season 1 - Episode 9

When Masters and Johnson decide to film external reactions in the study, they must convince Lester and Jane that their footage won’t cross the line into pornography. Haas and Vivian’s plans for a Presbyterian church wedding are sidetracked when Haas reveals he’s Jewish. Libby keeps her pregnancy a secret from Masters and instead encourages him to mend his relationship with his mother. But during late night visits to the hospital, Estabrooks observes Masters and Johnson’s intimate relationship.

The episode was rated from 793 votes.

Masters of Sex - S1E8

#7 - Love and Marriage


Season 1 - Episode 8

Masters and Johnson decide that the best way to record their study findings is to film them, but to do so they have to enlist outside help. Johnson redoubles her efforts to get a college degree, only to find that Dr. DePaul’s Basic Anatomy class is a requirement. Meanwhile, Haas and Langham – both unsure in their relationships – convince each other of the merits of being a married man. And after Margaret catches him in a compromising position, Scully takes drastic steps to control his sexual impulses.

The episode was rated from 819 votes.

Masters of Sex - S3E12

#8 - Full Ten Count


Season 3 - Episode 12

On the heels of their disastrous dinner in New York, Masters and Johnson return to find their life's work in jeopardy while under the scrutiny of the press and their publisher in preparation for their new book.

The episode was rated from 466 votes.

Masters of Sex - S1E1

#9 - Pilot


Season 1 - Episode 1

Dr. William Masters, Washington University’s foremost OB/GYN, runs a successful medical practice by day and conducts a secret study of human sexuality by night. Former nightclub singer Virginia Johnson joins the hospital secretarial staff and proves herself to be an asset to Masters’ work.

The episode was rated from 1477 votes.

Masters of Sex - S1E11

#10 - Phallic Victories


Season 1 - Episode 11

With Johnson no longer on his team, Masters accepts Libby’s offer to help compile the study work for a hospital-wide presentation. But when Masters sees another doctor’s presentation put his colleagues to sleep, he becomes determined to grab their attention even if it means pushing through provoking, but incomplete, research. Dr. DePaul and Johnson travel to a medical convention and DePaul opens up on why her work on the Pap smear is so important. And Virginia’s ex-husband George returns to find Ethan Haas playing father to his children.

The episode was rated from 730 votes.

Masters of Sex - S4E5
#11 - Outliers
Season 4 - Episode 5

Johnson and Masters' troubles come to a head as the trial begins with Keller leading the charge. Virginia does her best to revive their career as Bill faces the reality of what the charges could mean for him, Johnson and the practice.

The episode was rated from 550 votes.
Masters of Sex - S4E8
#12 - Topeka
Season 4 - Episode 8

Masters and Johnson go on the road and pose as a couple to investigate practices at a competing clinic. While Bill and Virginia are away, Art, Nancy and Langham take advantage of their absence to further their own agendas.

The episode was rated from 529 votes.
Masters of Sex - S2E12
#13 - The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Season 2 - Episode 12

After watching an early cut of the documentary, Masters is disturbed by the portrayal of his work. Johnson's move to solidify her custody arrangement with George backfires. Finding justification in Masters' distraction, Libby continues her relationship with Robert. Langham discovers Flo's family's wealth and connections, causing him to re-evaluate his relationship with her. And after repeated testing of their protocol to cure impotence, Masters and Johnson feel they are ready to cure sexual dysfunction.

The episode was rated from 558 votes.
Masters of Sex - S1E4
#14 - Thank You for Coming
Season 1 - Episode 4

With the study back in the hospital, Masters and Johnson recruit new participants on campus. But Johnson is shocked when her ex-husband George, who’s crashing on her couch, wants to sign up. Masters’ mother comes to visit, but her new take on life stirs up painful memories of his childhood. And Libby’s attempt at playing matchmaker with Virginia and Ethan doesn’t go as smoothly as she’d hoped.

The episode was rated from 947 votes.
Masters of Sex - S4E6
#15 - Family Only
Season 4 - Episode 6

Johnson looks to get her relationship with Masters back on track while Masters does his best to find satisfaction elsewhere. Betty and Helen ready themselves for a new addition; Art and Nancy discuss the consequences of their party.

The episode was rated from 557 votes.
Masters of Sex - S2E6
#16 - Blackbird
Season 2 - Episode 6

After Hendricks bans Masters from using black participants in his study, Masters contacts a journalist to promote his efforts, using the debunking of sexual stereotypes as the lure. Johnson is forced to accept DePaul's choice to end her chemotherapy treatments. Gene uncovers the truth about Betty and Helen's relationship. Libby fires Coral after discovering she lied about Robert.

The episode was rated from 654 votes.
Masters of Sex - S1E10
#17 - Fallout
Season 1 - Episode 10

The hospital takes part in a nationwide civil defense drill, and the heightened atmosphere escalates conflicts among the staff. A former study participant reveals she’s pregnant and wants to know the identity of the father. Masters and Johnson, their relationship strained after ending their study participation, butt heads on whether to maintain study confidentiality or take responsibility. Haas learns he’s been denied a future job at the hospital but wrongly assumes his breakup with Vivian is to blame. Margaret Scully seeks answers about her husband’s sexuality from an unlikely source.

The episode was rated from 771 votes.
Masters of Sex - S1E3
#18 - Standard Deviation
Season 1 - Episode 3

Masters and Johnson continue their research in the brothel but skewed data confirms that Masters must get the study back into the hospital. At the hospital, Johnson is surprised to learn that a distinguished new doctor on the OB/GYN floor is a woman who has no interest in female solidarity. Meanwhile, Libby struggles to conceive and Dr. Ethan Haas gets the case of a lifetime – a woman pregnant with quadruplets.

The episode was rated from 1017 votes.
Masters of Sex - S2E3
#19 - Fight
Season 2 - Episode 3

Masters delivers a baby with ambiguous genitalia and urges the parents not to surgically assign the child a sex out of fear or convenience. Meeting Virginia at a hotel for a secret rendezvous, the two of them divide their attention between sexual role-play and a championship boxing match, prompting Virginia to unearth the truth of Masters'' troubled childhood.

The episode was rated from 755 votes.
Masters of Sex - S4E10
#20 - The Eyes of God
Season 4 - Episode 10

Masters and Johnson work to save the practice from disintegrating in the face of insurrection within the clinic. As everyone in their lives either moves on or falls away, Bill and Virginia find solace in one another. Series finale.

The episode was rated from 522 votes.

Last updated: may 10, 2022



Disappointing finale. And what the hell that modern song at the end?


I think it's now (s03) much worse than it used to be.


It was a good show, but seemed to get stuck in a rut. Secondary story lines just end. By the end the show felt tired. The acting was great the writing was good, but it ran out of gas half way through the last year.


This show represents everything that's wrong with America morally, but I sure do like it.


My favorite show! Every scene is so beautiful and actors are fantastic!


(via TV Blaze for WP) this movie is very interesting.


Nice show, with a awesome topic. Must watch.


Nice show, with a awesome topic. Must watch.


Very nice show.


Very nice show.

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