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Dr. William Masters, a successful doctor of obstetrics and gynecology, begins his controversial study of human sexuality. He recruits Virginia Johnson to be his secretary, but she quickly advances to be a valuable associate.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday September 29th, 2013

Alternate Airdates:

AU (SBS ONE) Oct 03, 2013
IE (RTÉ TWO) Oct 04, 2013
UK (MORE4) Oct 08, 2013

  • Currently 8.2/10
8.2/10 (12 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Beau Bridges
As Provost Barton Scully
Helene Yorke
As Jane Martin
Annaleigh Ashford
As Betty DiMello
Roslyn Ruff
As Josephine May
Margo Martindale
As Miss Horchow

Co-Guest Stars
Steve Rosen
As Ernie Turk
Johanna Day
As Advisor
Mary Jo McConnell
As Desk Nurse
Jeffrey C. Hawkins
As OR Doctor #1
Linda Marie Larson
As Lois Tupps
Danae Nason
As Assisting Nurse #1
Mark Rosing
As Anesthesiologist
Main Cast
Michael Sheen
As Dr. William H. Masters
Lizzy Caplan
As Virginia E. Johnson
Caitlin Fitzgerald
As Libby Masters
Teddy Sears
As Dr. Austin Langham
Nick D'Agosto
As Dr. Ethan Haas


In 1956, a nationally renowned fertility specialist met a former nightclub singer. Ten years later, they published a scientific study which revolutionized our understanding of human sexuality...

Read the full recap
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Elvis PresleyHound DogVideo footage from Ed Sullivan show
Pat BooneLove Letters in the Sand 
(Unknown artist)You Brought a New Kind of Love to MeStart of episode

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerJudith Verno  |  Michelle Ashford  |  Sarah Timberman  |  Carl Beverly  |  John Madden (2)
Co-Executive ProducerKerry Orent
ProducerThomas Maier  |  Michael Sheen  |  Tammy Rosen
Co-ProducerChristopher Goode
Associate ProducerMara Lopez
Production DesignerAndrew Jackness
EditorRobert Frazen
CastingTiffany Little Canfield  |  Bernard Telsey  |  Junie Lowry-Johnson  |  Libby Goldstein
Unit Production ManagerChristopher Goode
First Assistant DirectorSteve Apicella
Second Assistant DirectorJustin Ritson
MusicMichael Penn
Costume DesignerCaroline Duncan
Director of PhotographyBen Davis (2)
DeveloperMichelle Ashford
Based On The Book ByThomas Maier
Warning: Masters of Sex season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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