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Masters of Sex

Seasons: 4
Episodes: 46
User ratings: 32,273
Average rating: 7.9

Drama, Romance

Drama about the pioneers of the science of human sexuality whose research touched off the sexual revolution.

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Dr. William Masters, a successful doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, begins his controversial study of human sexuality. Dr. Masters recruits Virginia Johnson to be his secretary, but she quickly advances to be a valuable associate.
User ratings: 1,048
Average rating: 8.2
Race To Space
The Provost shuts down the research when he hears about the couples study and Masters is forced to move it elsewhere. Dr. Masters blames Virginia and fires her, but keeps her on until he can find a replacement.
User ratings: 744
Average rating: 7.9
Standard Deviation
A woman pregnant with quadruplets comes to the hospital and Dr. Haas lobbies for the case. A female gynecologist joins the staff. Both Dr. Masters and his wife learn a secret and both get what they want.
User ratings: 678
Average rating: 8.1
Thank You for Coming
Both Bill and Virginia have unexpected and unwelcome visitors at home. With the study back in the hospital, new participants are recruited. Ethan struggles to forget his feelings for Virginia.
User ratings: 646
Average rating: 8.2
William and Libby experience personal tragedy. Masters decides to pair Austin with a stranger. Virginia struggles with her parenting due to her long hours. Ethan's relationship with Vivian takes the next step, whether he likes it or not.
User ratings: 765
Average rating: 8.8
Brave New World
Bill and Libby vacation in Miami after losing the baby. Virginia attends a visiting doctor's speech and decides to investigate one of the claims on her own. Austin struggles with the reason for his non-performance in the study.
User ratings: 618
Average rating: 8.4
All Together Now
Virginia and William ramp up their participation in the study. Libby bypasses William and pressures Ethan to resume the treatments. Austin and Margaret ramp up their tryst leading to differing expectations. Ethan decides to commit to Vivian.
User ratings: 577
Average rating: 8.4
Love and Marriage
Virginia resumes pursuit of her undergraduate degree. Masters takes Virginia's suggestion and enlists the aid of a technician to construct a working camera to film the intimate workings during sexual intimacy.
User ratings: 558
Average rating: 8.2
Virginia and Dr. Masters move on to filming involuntary reactions during the study, with Jane as usual being the first subject. Ethan reveals information about his heritage that threatens their relationship.
User ratings: 537
Average rating: 8.3
A former study participant comes forward with news of her pregnancy. Ethan learns he has been effectively fired, but not for the reason he thought.
User ratings: 551
Average rating: 8.3
Phallic Victories
Masters and Libby compile study information for hospital-wide presentation; DePaul and Johnson travel to a medical convention; Virginia's ex returns finds Ethan playing father to his children.
User ratings: 518
Average rating: 8.3
Dr. Masters' big day is at hand after 12 months of studies. Without Virginia as a voice of moderation will Bill's pitch hit the mark? Margaret Scully is confronted with her husbands homosexuality and investigates what is involved with his 'treatment'. Dr. Austin Langham has a job offer from L.A and the climax to the episode sees Virginia Johnson reading the notes from Dr. William Masters presentation at home in the rain, to hear a knock at the door.
User ratings: 609
Average rating: 8.8
Barton Scully asks Bill to supervise his electroshocks 'cure for homosexuality', but when it proves as painful as useless to save his marriage, attempts suicide by hanging. Given his infertility, Bill can't stand 'his' baby John's crying, nor his mother babysitting and meddling, so he shame-shocks her to return home, while courting Virginia, now specifically for lust. Virginia wines and kicks around on account of true or assumed inappropriate behavior since the sex research presentation gave her a whorish reputation. Bill fears he can barely hope for another hospital gynecology practice, but horny industrialist Gene Moretti's donation buys him one with research privileges in Dr. Douglas Greathouse's general hospital. Dr. Ethan Haas's patience about his wedding proposal while he prepares a better life in California is cruelly rewarded when Virginia becomes Bill's lover instead.
User ratings: 492
Average rating: 8.0
Kyrie Eleison
Masters' team remains social outcasts, regardless of his new hospital practice. Key sponsor Gene Moretti's wife, former test subject prostitute Betty DiMello, forces him to pretend giving her fertility treatment, hospital director Dr. Douglas Greathouse to to treat the Bible-obsessed rich Palmateer couple's daughter to their wishes, not hers or his own, but he still hands her a contraceptive spiral. Greathouse also forces onto Masters his clumsy confident Barbara Sanderson as secretary. William is shocked to learn his gay mentor avoids even him since a failed suicide attempt. Virginia, thus unsure of her research job, accepts assisting Dr. Ditmer in his gastro-research, but finds his questions rather pervish. William can barely stand his noisy baby boy, so he quickly swallows his objections to Libby hiring and becoming almost sisterly with ignorant, colored teen nanny Coral. Virginia realizes Depaul's symptoms worsen alarmingly and drags her to an oncologist, yet gets anything but gratitude. Austin responds to his public exposure as in-law adulterer with a party in his office, dragging Vriginia in.
User ratings: 407
Average rating: 8.0
Virginia unearths Masters' troubled childhood during a secret rendezvous.
User ratings: 753
Average rating: 8.8
Dirty Jobs
Dr. Masters's key sponsor Moretti's wife Betty forces him to pretend Gene is the infertile one, but the truth proves preferable for everybody. His research also goes peer-shaped again, first as female subjects defect without Virginia, next as William's insistence to hire Virginia and overprotective refusal to have subjects eagerly ogled at by his boss and his doctor buddies make him socially unacceptable, hence fired again. Dr. Austin Langham, alone since his wife returned to her mother over his serial infidelity, seeks a confident in Virginia after realizing her hotel visit with William mean a clandestine affair. Masters' wife Libby and her hen friends tatter endlessly about the cute baby and the black nurse, both as remarkably competent and prime, yet uncooperative suspect for a lice infection. DePaul's mental condition worsens, she learns about Virginia's games and decides to hand their research project to Dr. George Papanikolaou, who is starting a better)funded institution in Florida.
User ratings: 383
Average rating: 8.0
Masters continues his study, but loses his gynecology practice; Coral's brother confronts Libby; Betty reunites with a former lover; Johnson tries to fix her relationship with DePaul.
User ratings: 374
Average rating: 8.2
Black hospital director Dr. Charles Hendricks forbids his staff to participate in Masters' studies. After preliminary results surprisingly support some racial prejudices, the conflict deepens and a newspaper reporter digs into William's compromising past. William insists on continuing his sexual report with Virginia, who accepts to be his research assistant again but tests only sexual cruelty with him, while continuing an affair. Reunited for his bachelor party, Gene Moretti is socked to learn from study buddy and best man Al about his bride Betty's lesbian history with Helen. Libby finds out that nurse Coral never stooped seeing Robert, what he is rather then a lover, but still fires the babysitter.
User ratings: 407
Average rating: 8.4
William Masters, having discovered Virginia's lovers, even openly at home with her kids, hires Betty DiMello to take over the business side of a new practice, part of a whole underdeveloped complex, and arrangements for the research program. Dr. Austin Langham offers to give up his party life to resume his marriage on terms of fatefulness, but she claims it's too late irrevocably. While Libby demands a second child and questions their debts, William resigns to his mother Estabrooks openly returning, as grandmother and discrete funds donor. William also turns the hotel costs into a profit by taking over as its MD on call, now under his own name and medical title.
User ratings: 368
Average rating: 8.1
Mirror, Mirror
Johnson attempts to treat a woman on her own. Libby witnesses a hate crime.
User ratings: 339
Average rating: 7.9
Story of My Life
Research cameraman Lester is most reluctant to enter the program as mental impotence patient in brothel therapy and tells Dr. Masters off after a single attempt, while Virginia questions if their hotel meetings retain any scientific relevance, while they bicker over academic versus humane motives. Williams' brother drags him along, on Frank's birthday, to an AA meeting as part of their complex 'rivalry' who suffered most and how due to their abusive father. Virginia impersonates timid psychosomatic vaginal impotence patient Barbara Sanders to get a psychiatrist's response, but both case an patient surprise her unpleasantly.
User ratings: 322
Average rating: 8.1
Below the Belt
William's dispute with brother Frank, while his wife is treated for infertility, over their abusive father, guilt and (alcohol) addiction escalates into provoked violence. Dr. Austin Langham enjoys his job, supervising the diet pills marketing as sexy spokesman, ironically except intimate home 'brainstorming' with the fat female entrepreneur. Only when the power is shut off, William acknowledges Betty's warnings that their finances require structural measures, like subletting part of the floor to mundane commercial firms. While William and Virginia bicker where to take their relationship, the research project and sexual therapy, she comes clean to psychiatrist Lloyd Madden so as to properly help Barbara and others by incorporating analysis and psychotherapeutic techniques.
User ratings: 335
Average rating: 8.1
One for the Money, Two for the Show
William frustratingly finds his single sexual performance with Virginia insufficient to build on in bed. Thanks to chance, a national TV network plans to to air Dr. Masters presenting his studies, which also excites Lester, who hopes to learn professional recording standards. Alas, petty concerns with appearance and grueling (self-)censorship soon compromise the whole point of presenting the study, and William's austerely academic manner and appearance are a period TV director's nightmare. Dr. Austin Langham is horrified that his diet pills firm boss Flo's insatiable appetite, inspired by decaying Hollywood idol Clark Gable, demands him to engage in kinky fantasies. Virginia is delighted that the children's now happily married father George spends quality time with them again, but they want more.
User ratings: 359
Average rating: 8.5
The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
Masters and Johnson feel ready to cure sexual dysfunction.
User ratings: 354
Average rating: 8.5
Parliament of Owls
As Masters and Johnson face the press for the first time, they flashback to summer vacation, where Bill is finishing their book, Virginia faces parenting struggles, and Libby is pulling herself out of a depression. Season premiere.
User ratings: 313
Average rating: 8.1
Three's a Crowd
The shock waves surrounding Masters and Johnson's first press conference begin to reverberate around their universe as the book nears its release date. Meanwhile, Masters takes on a powerful, high profile fertility patient with the help of a new doctor in the practice, while Virginia and Libby come to terms with Bill's role in their lives.
User ratings: 277
Average rating: 7.8
The Excitement of Release
Masters and Johnson's book is released and, while reviews are positive, the public's response causes unease around the office. The new spotlight on her mother starts to affect Tessa at school, while Libby does her best to maintain a social life outside of her friendship with Virginia. Meanwhile, Masters and Johnson look to old and new places to capitalize on their burgeoning fame.
User ratings: 263
Average rating: 7.8
Undue Influence
Masters consults unexpected advice in convincing Johnson to rededicate herself to the study and to him. A familiar face returns to the clinic for help. Meanwhile, Virginia is distracted by news of Henry and fails to notice Tessa trying to make sense of her home life. Libby confronts the truths of hers as she helps Paul and Joy pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.
User ratings: 254
Average rating: 8.0
Matters of Gravity
Virginia's parents arrive unannounced. Meanwhile, Libby and Masters discover Johnny has been bullied and look to fix it in their own ways. Plus, Johnson finds unexpected excitement in the scent study while Masters, looking to overcome his embarrassing departure from the university, takes on a promising fertility patient that could land him and Johnson back in good graces.
User ratings: 259
Average rating: 8.4
Two Scents
As a result of their spreading celebrity, Masters and Johnson take on a famous couple looking to reinvigorate their sex life. Meanwhile, Tessa learns what childhood with Edna Eshelman must have been like for Virginia. Plus, Masters attempts to connect with Johnny, but misses the mark entirely, and Libby furthers her involvement in Joy's life - with consequences that extend to Paul.
User ratings: 241
Average rating: 8.1
Monkey Business
Masters and Johnson are interviewed by 'Newsweek' as they take on an exotic new patient. Meanwhile, Dan Logan tries to read Virginia. Plus, Libby and Paul deal with the fallout of exposed truths.
User ratings: 242
Average rating: 7.3
As Johnson jets away to Las Vegas with Dan Logan, Masters uses her absence to begin his surrogacy program. Meanwhile, Libby comes to terms with her current and past relationships. And Barton considers starting one of his own.
User ratings: 245
Average rating: 7.8
High Anxiety
Libby tries to mask her feelings by setting Paul up with a friend. Meanwhile, Masters continues his surrogacy program, now under the critical eye of Johnson. And Lester volunteers as their first male surrogate.
User ratings: 234
Average rating: 7.7
Through a Glass, Darkly
Johnson objects to Masters' program after both Nora and Lester have missteps in the protocol. Meanwhile, as Libby's birthday approaches the men in her life are aiming to please. Plus, Tessa explores what sex really means to her.
User ratings: 237
Average rating: 8.0
Party of Four
Masters, Johnson, Logan and his wife gather in New York for a dinner in which agendas collide, truths are exposed and no relationship emerges unscathed. Back home, Libby faces an accusation that threatens her family's foundation.
User ratings: 276
Average rating: 8.6
Full Ten Count
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.
User ratings: 284
Average rating: 8.4
In the wake of their fallout, Masters and Johnson search for purpose in a world without one another and look to work as their personal lives crash down around them. Libby finds herself alone for the first time since her marriage and discovers some unexpected allies.
User ratings: 217
Average rating: 7.9
Masters and Johnson turn to new partners in an effort to put the past behind them and focus on their expanding clinic. Given their fractured triangle, Libby reevaluates her relationship with Bill and Virginia.
User ratings: 194
Average rating: 7.9
The Pleasure Protocol
Masters and Johnson adjust to new partners, but their respective cases have them second-guessing the instinct to remain separated. A romantic prospect pushes Libby to embrace life as a newly single woman of the sexual revolution.
User ratings: 188
Average rating: 8.0
Coats or Keys
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.
User ratings: 291
Average rating: 8.9
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.
User ratings: 203
Average rating: 8.3
Family Only
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.
User ratings: 202
Average rating: 8.6
In to Me You See
Masters looks to groom Art as his protege in a new area of research as Johnson does her best to keep Nancy at arm's length. Betty seeks an unlikely source for assistance in her fight for equal rights to Helen's baby.
User ratings: 172
Average rating: 7.9
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.
User ratings: 184
Average rating: 8.4
Night and Day
Masters and Johnson return from Topeka, each grappling with the trip's ramifications. Art and Nancy look to tie up loose ends in order to have a fresh start, and Libby embarks on a road trip with Bram that changes her perspective.
User ratings: 172
Average rating: 8.2
The Eyes of God
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.
User ratings: 185
Average rating: 8.2
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