While Masters borrows heavily from Mad Men stylistically, if we weigh the two shows in the proverbial balances, Masters is left wanting. The show wants to be so much, but it isn’t. Why? Because it’s trying too hard, and is coming across as dishonest as a result, something Mad Men never did – except when it came to excruciating attention to historic detail or teasers that give absolutely nothing away. Being comfortable with an ambiguous message has power gang. Trust. If the Masters & Johnson writers can learn this, maybe I’ll keep watching. Big ‘Maybe’.
Masters of Sex Season 2 premieres tomorrow night at 10pm on Showtime.
Binary Rating: 0/1 for now, half-on-half-off but wow(!) I love Lizzy Caplan’s Virginia.