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‘Masters Of Sex’: Is Season 2 As Steamy As The First? — Reviews

Sun, July 13, 2014 12:00pm EDT by HL Intern 2 Comments

Season two of Showtime’s highly anticipated drama, ‘Masters of Sex’ features a sex obsessed doctor working from the offices of Washington University in St. Louis. But does this season live up to the first — here’s what the critics think!

Masters of Sex, directed by Pacific miniseries showrunner Michelle Ashford is centered on the story of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Set in St. Louis, Missouri, the second season begins right where last season left off: with masters standing in the pouring rain on the doorstep of his former partner, Virginia Johnson. See a sneak peek and read the reviews below.

‘Masters of Sex’ Season 2 Reviews

“There’s one thing I can’t live without. It’s you.” These are the sweet words spoken by the show’s star, Dr. Masters to Virginia Johnson.

When the new season begins in the late 1950s, Dr. Masters has been fired from his job at the hospital and the only researchers left in the study are Dr. Masters and Virginia Johnson. Masters of Sex very fittingly makes its main subjects sex and love.

Will Michael Sheen continue to scandalize viewers with his depictions of sex? Will sex continue to sell? Only time will tell, but for now, let’s see what the critics have to say.

Washington Post

“Masters of Sex” (which returns Sunday night) is a fine example of why some of us are still happy to spend a little more on our cable bill. It treats viewers like grown-ups– grown-ups who are curious about sex of all forms. It is intelligent, witty, quick-paced and surprising; it is tragic without being emotionally devastating.


“Masters of Sex” turned out to be a wonderfully clever act of deception – a period soap opera, set against an organically salacious backdrop. This Showtime drama about the pioneering work of sex researchers Masters & Johnson returns for a second season with all of its charms intact, juggling an assortment of plots built around sexuality, including the inherent lie in how the principals try to characterize their ongoing affair as “research.” In that respect, at least – the idea that sex can’t be clinically divorced from emotion – this handsomely produced series is about as conservative as anything on TV.

Boston Herald

Ultimately, though, “Masters of Sex” remains driven by its central duo, and the protracted tension not just associated with the Eisenhower-era response to their work but the inevitability of where their personal story is heading.The come-on of the title notwithstanding very little about that is groundbreaking, or even surprising. But it is, almost without exception, highly watchable and entertaining.

The Wire

In the first episode of Masters of Sex‘s second season, which starts up this Sunday, the sex gets good. The promise of steamy scenes has always been in the title of Showtime’s series, but over the course of the first season the show delivered a more complicated look at the deed. That’s not to say that we’re venturing into purely lascivious territory we check back in with our researchers, but the show is exploring something it rarely did in the first season: satisfying, passionate sex.


Masters of Sex, Showtime’s handsome, cool period drama about the pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson, focuses its second season on a case study: the sexual relationship of Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan).

HollywoodLifers, will you catch Masters of Sex this weekend? Do you want to see it? Let us know!

–Cara Munn

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