1. The intro is delightfully clever.
2. As is the logo.
“E” is for “Easiest design ever.”
3. It’s based on a story that’s extremely important and fascinating but that hasn’t been talked about much.
William Masters and Virginia Johnson were the first people to explore human sexual response and founded the four-stage cycle of sexual stimulation. They also had really juicy personal lives.
4. Michael Sheen is incredible. As always.
9. The chemistry between Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan is believable and compelling.
If you want spoilers, you can read the book the show is actually based on. But the fleeting glances and subtle tension between the two leads make you want to watch the next episode just to see where it’s all heading.
10. The period outfits are beautiful.
Designed by the lovely Ane Crabtree.
11. Bill Masters is addictively mysterious.
He’s studying sex while also being the most reserved guy ever.
12. Virginia Johnson is one of the strongest female characters on television right now, and she gets the same amount of attention as Bill Masters.
13. The fact that people got hooked to machinery and had sex in front of researchers will never not be shocking or interesting.
14. The writing is so layered and every character is far from perfect.
Bill Masters is ultimately doing good for the world with his studies, but he’s also done some very questionable stuff in his relationship with Libby (his wife). Virginia is liberated and knows what she wants, but also raises her children in a sometimes unstable environment.
15. Despite taking place decades ago, it still feels relatable and touches upon subjects that still make people uncomfortable.
16. And it brings up the stigma homosexuality faced and continues to face today.
17. Sex isn’t overly glamorized, despite being the main subject matter.
In fact, it’s refreshingly realistic.