Film and TV

Masters of Sex on Showtime: They Revolutionized Sex Before the Sexual Revolution

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Lizzy Caplan as Virginia Johnson and Michael Sheen as William Masters
In 1957, the same year that The Ed Sullivan Show refused to shoot Elvis below the waist, a gynecologist and a former nightclub singer began hooking strangers up to electrodes and asking them to fuck in the name of science. The research team of Dr. William Masters and Virginia Johnson -- better known as simply Masters and Johnson -- would revolutionize sex before the '60s' sexual revolution. And unlike Dr. Alfred Kinsey, who based his books on interviews, they wanted to watch.

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Amy Nicholson was chief film critic at LA Weekly from 2013 to 2016. Her work also appeared in the other Voice Media Group publications — the Village Voice, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press, Dallas Observer and OC Weekly. Nicholson’s criticism was recognized by the Los Angeles Press Club and the Association of Alternative Newsmedia. Her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, was published in 2014 by Cahiers du Cinema.