The case of ‘Masters of Sex’

July 21, 2014 1:00 PM

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The case of ‘Masters of Sex’

It didn’t take long for viewers to understand that Showtime’s “Masters of Sex” would not merely be another “Red Shoe Diaries,” that 1990s Showtime artifact that gave us erotic encounters with wisps of story line — ding dong, it’s the pizza delivery man — draped between them.

The intelligence of the show was clear early on, particularly as we saw just how cerebral the two main characters are. The Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson of “Masters of Sex” aren’t conducting a study of human sexuality for cheap thrills; they’re committed to the science of it, excited about its r...

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