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The Best Episodes of Masters of Sex

Updated July 12, 2019 316 votes 51 voters 3.8k views46 items

There are so many good episodes of Masters of Sex, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Coats or Keys" the best, or is "Fight" your favorite episode of Masters of Sex? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of Masters of Sex are, let's rank every Masters of Sex episode from best to worst.

Set in the 1950s and 1960s, Masters of Sex is a period drama about pioneering researchers William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) and their work in human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. Developed by Michelle Ashford, Masters of Sex was first greenlit in the summer of 2012 and premiered the following fall on Sept. 29, 2013. Masters of Sex has received acclaim since season 1 and has been nominated at the Emmys, Critics' Choice Awards, and Writers Guild of America Awards.

Vote up your favorite episodes of Masters of Sex, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one Masters of Sex episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

  • 1
    Season 2 Episode 3: Virginia unearths Masters' troubled childhood during a secret rendezvous.
  • 2
    Season 1 Episode 5: As Masters (Michael Sheen) is haunted by memories of his childhood traumas, Haas (Nichols D'Agosto) looks to advance his career by dating Scully's (Beau Bridges) teenage daughter.
  • 3
    Season 2 Episode 11: A television crew arrives to document Masters and Johnson's work.
  • 4
    Season 1 Episode 7: When he and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) study their own sexual relationship, Masters (Michael Sheen) must deal with the consequences in his marriage. As Margaret (Allison Janney) uses her husband's business trip to spend time with Langham (Teddy Sears), a mugging puts Scully's (Beau Bridges) secret life at risk of being exposed.
  • 5
    Season 1 Episode 12: Masters' (Michael Sheen) presentation of the sex study to his colleagues ignites a firestorm of protest and leaves Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) struggling with the fallout. Scully (Beau Bridges) tells Margaret (Allison Janney) the truth about his sexual history, while Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) looks for a job in California.
  • 6
    Season 2 Episode 6: Hendricks bans Masters from using blacks. Johnson accepts DePaul's choice.
  • 7
    Season 4 Episode 6: Johnson looks to get her connection back on track with a hesitant Masters.
  • 8
    Season 1 Episode 10: As the hospital is preoccupied with a nuclear disaster drill, a study participant's pregnancy further divides Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan). Margaret (Allison Janney) learns the truth about her husband, and Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) finds his days at the hospital may be numbered.
  • 9
    Season 4 Episode 4: Johnson, Masters, Libby and Keller pair up together at a party.
  • 10
    Season 1 Episode 1: Noted obstetrician Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) teams up with divorced mother Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) to conduct pioneering research that unleashes the sexual revolution.
  • 11
    Season 1 Episode 2: When he's forced to relocate his study to a St. Louis brothel, Masters (Michael Sheen) has no choice but to rehire Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) in order to make things work.
  • 12
    Season 1 Episode 3: As Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) bristles at the hiring of a new female doctor, Masters (Michael Sheen) worries that conducting their study in a brothel is jeopardizing the results. Haas (Nichols D’Agosto) fights to be allowed to deliver quadruplets.
  • 13
    Season 1 Episode 4: Painful memories of his childhood cause Masters (Michael Sheen) to question his own ability to be a good father. Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) is surprised by the arrival of her ex-husband.
  • 14
    Season 1 Episode 6: As Masters (Michael Sheen) and Libby (Caitlin Fitzgerald) struggle with the fallout from her miscarriage, Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) proposes a study that challenges Freud's theories of female sexual response. An unsatisfying sex life at home leads Margaret Scully (Allison Janney) to volunteer for the study.
  • 15
    Season 1 Episode 8: As Masters (Michael Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) set out to film their work, the end of her affair leads Margaret (Allison Janney) closer to the truth about Scully's (Beau Bridges) secret.
  • 16
    Season 1 Episode 9: As Masters (Michel Sheen) and Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) push the filming of their subjects to a risqué and possibly illegal level, their intimate rapport causes his mother to question the relationship.
  • 17
    Season 1 Episode 11: As Masters (Michel Sheen) struggles to carry on without her, Johnson (Lizzy Caplan) looks to help Dr. DePaul promote her work on women's health. When Haas (Nicholas D'Agosto) babysits while Johnson attends a conference, he squares off with her ex-husband.
  • 18
    Season 2 Episode 1: The ramifications of Masters' presentation ripple. Season premiere.
  • 19
    Season 2 Episode 2: As Masters begins a new job, Virginia is torn between him and DePaul.
  • 20
    Season 2 Episode 4: Langham shares his suspicions about Masters and Johnson with DePaul.
  • 21
    Season 2 Episode 5: The study costs Masters his ob/gyn practice. Johnson struggles with DePaul.
  • 22
    Season 2 Episode 7: Masters becomes impotent - and cuts off his sexual work with Johnson.
  • 23
    Season 2 Episode 8: Johnson attempts to treat a woman on her own. Libby witnesses a hate crime.
  • 24
    Season 2 Episode 9: Barbara Sanders' unsettling diagnosis exposes a chain of secrets.
  • 25
    Season 2 Episode 10: Masters learns of a rival study. Barbara and Lester connect.