Thomas Maier's biography 'Masters of Sex' becomes a Showtime series(Read article summary)
The series starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan premieres Sept. 29.
The book âMasters of Sexâ by Thomas Maier is the basis of a new fall Showtime series of the same name.
The show (and the book) centers on William H. Masters, a gynecologist, and Virginia Johnson, his assistant who becomes his partner in research into human sexuality.
So far, reviews of the series have been mostly positive, with New York Times critic Alessandra Stanley writing that the show is âenjoyable mainly because the actors are so goodâŚ [it] gets better as it goes on. But without an extra dimension, or a broader glimpse of a world beyond St. Louis, the series eventually grows a little claustrophobic and thin.â
Washington Post writer Hank Stuever said âMastersâ is âeasily the only show in the fall crop of series that makes me want to watch moreâŚ [when] I had seen the first two episodes and gave it a grade of B+, because it seemed like a sturdy launchâŚ. Now that Iâve seen four more episodes, I could easily nudge that grade up to an A. The characters get better and more complex, the story builds, strange things start to happen and now I canât wait to see how its interweaving plots unfoldâŚ. The lead actors are excellent.â
USA Today critic Robert Blanco was also won over, writing of âthe sheer joy of watching an incredibly well-done, ideally cast TV series, anchored by full-bodied performances from Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Masters and Johnson. This is career-defining workâŚ Caplan is a revelation.â
NPR reviewer John Powers wasnât impressed with the first episode but felt the show got a little better as it went on.
âThe show begins quite badly â the pilot, in particular, is shockingly coarse,â he wrote. âIf you can hold out, 'Masters of Sex' begins to find a stride around Episode 3âŚ. [but] 'Masters of Sex' is missing 'Mad Men' 's ruthless clarity and sense of detail.â
âMastersâ premieres Sept. 29.