Posted by: markfender | October 14, 2015

Masters of Sex Season 3

Other shows about relationships should just, like, not bother.

Masters-of-Sex-Season-3-Featured-630x340Because Masters of Sex has nailed it (expect more hilarious sexual innuendos like that).

Season 3 picks up a few years after season 2, when Masters and Johnson have published their landmark book. The 60s are in full swing and the hairstyles have changed yet again (Weirdly, I found every woman on this show more attractive than I had in previous seasons. Perhaps because hair styles are getting more modern?). With more of the children spawned in earlier seasons grown up, the major new characters introduced this season are the kids, so we can see how well Masters and Johnson screw up their respective broods. And would you believe, they do a really good job of screwing them up?

There’s less side-plots about various sexual factors this season (although they are still there). Instead, the show splits Masters and Johnson into two separate experiments and spends as much time dividing the characters as it does having them together. Season 3 is pretty much a long, break-up with shit hitting the fan from every angle by the end. (There’s a particularly fraught dinner with Masters manipulating Johnson, Johnson’s lover, and Johnson’s lover’s wife – yeah, it’s complicated). Things beneath the surface finally explode onto the main stage (That’s my subtle way of avoiding spoilers. Suffice it to say, lies from season 1 are exposed in season 3). My favorite episode was the one where Dr. Masters tries to implement Dale Carnegie’s bestseller into his life, just because of how terrible he is at it.

There’s no better character study on television right now. Every actor is at the top of their game, giving great performances every episode. While it’s still a show about a potentially controversial subject, the main draw is still the relationships forged between the three main characters and how ridiculously complicated they’ve made their lives. Masters and Johnson are complicated people and this show doesn’t do anything to simplify how an audience can understand them. Personally, I think that’s the show’s greatest strength, but what do I know? I’m not a highly decorated sex researcher.

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