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The first season of Masters of Sex began airing in the United States on September 29, 2013. The series is the television adaptation of Thomas Maier's biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love. It stars Michael Sheen as Dr. William Masters and Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson.

The first season takes place in 1956 and 1957.


In 1956, a nationally renowned fertility specialist, William Masters, met a former nightclub singer, Virginia Johnson. Bill proposes a controversial new study on human sexuality but is rejected by the university. He begins the study anyway with his new secretary. The study goes to a brothel, where he meets Betty DiMello, and goes back to the study after blackmailing provost Barton Scully with his homosexuality.

Bill's wife, Libby Masters, wants a child, but Bill cannot tell her that his sperm count will make it impossible to conceive a child. She eventually becomes pregnant through fertility treatments, but suffers from a miscarriage. Despite Bill not wanting to try again, Libby becomes pregnant again and gives birth at the end of the season.

Bill and Virginia begin having sex themselves for research in the study. However, after Bill pays her for her work (as they do to all their subjects), Virginia feels demeaned, and later quits. Bill is unable to cope with Virginia's departure. The presentation of the study at the University turns out to be a disaster, and Bill is fired from Washington University. The season ends with Bill on Virginia's door step saying he can't live without her.


Picture Title Number Original Airdate
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.11.04 PM.png "Pilot" 1 September 29, 2013
Washington University researcher Dr. William "Bill" Masters proposes a controversial study of human sexuality but is rejected by his university.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.12.11 PM.png "Race to Space" 2 October 6, 2013
Virginia has trouble telling Bill that she cannot accept his proposal, but Bill informs her that Scully has cancelled the study.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.12.44 PM.png "Standard Deviation" 3 October 13, 2013
Bill and Virginia continue working at the brothel but Bill grows increasingly frustrated with the conditions.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.13.27 PM.png "Thank You for Coming" 4 October 20, 2013
With the study back in the hospital, Bill and Virginia recruit new participants on campus. Virginia has a one-night tryst with her ex-husband, George.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.14.27 PM.png "Catherine" 5 October 27, 2013
Bill experiences anxiety about becoming a father. Ethan is worried about dating Barton Scully's daughter. Libby suffers a miscarriage.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.15.33 PM.png "Brave New World" 6 November 3, 2013
In the aftermath of the miscarriage, Libby and Bill vacation in Miami. Virginia continues the study in St. Louis.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.16.50 PM.png "All Together Now" 7 November 10, 2013
Virginia tries to find a new secretary. Bill tries to balance the study and his affair with his home life. Austin continues his sexual relationship with Margaret Scully.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.18.56 PM.png "Love and Marriage" 8 November 17, 2013
Bill and Virginia decide that the best way to record their study findings is to film them. Johnson redoubles her efforts to get a college degree.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.19.44 PM.png "Involuntary" 9 November 24, 2013
Libby tells Bill that she’s pregnant. Bill's mother learns about the study. Virginia continues in Dr. DePaul's class.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.22.04 PM.png "Fallout" 10 December 1, 2013
A young woman named Flora Banks tells Bill and Virginia that she got pregnant from her participation in the study, and wants to know the identity of the father.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.23.27 PM.png "Phallic Victories" 11 December 8, 2013
With Virginia no longer a part of his office, Bill accepts Libby's offer to serve as his secretary, in order to help him help compile the work for a presentation.
Screen Shot 2016-08-03 at 4.26.08 PM.png "Manhigh" 12 December 15, 2013
Bill gives the presentation on his and Virginia's research to the hospital, but it does not get the response he had hoped.