Parents' Guide to

Masters of Sex

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Titillating period drama shows the sexier side of science.

TV Showtime Drama 2013
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

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Based on 4 parent reviews

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age 10+

This TV Show Should Be Rated NC-17 And Should Have A Warning Contact So NetFlix And Can Verify Your Age

Pervasive Language Pervasive Sexual Contact Mild-Drug/Alcohol Contact Mild-Violence Not Too Much. If Younger Kids Are Doing Sexual Stuff Let Them Watch The Show

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

For viewers who have never heard of the titular William Masters and the groundbreaking work he did with his then-research assistant (and future wife) Virginia Johnson, Masters of Sex will be a bit of a revelation. The lab equipment alone -- including a Plexiglas dildo with a built-in camera dubbed "Ulysses" -- is downright eye-opening. Still, when you get past the sex and nudity, which can hardly be avoided, you soon realize there's also some thought-provoking substance.

British actor Sheen (perhaps best known for his repeat portrayals of former Prime Minister Tony Blair in the film trilogy The Deal, The Queen, and The Special Relationship) pulls off a credible American accent as well as another great character who, in this case, is both respectable and unlikable. Still, the real charmer here is Caplan, who blends unflappable street smarts with a beguiling charisma that makes Johnson the real standout of the duo.

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