WITH a title like Masters of Sex, one imagines that the show is not for prudes, children or the squeamish. The series that debuted on M-Net Edge on Thursday night. It recounts the true story of William Masters and Virginia Johnson as the pioneering researchers of human sexuality.

Michael Sheen plays Masters, a successful US gynaecologist and obstetrician who puts his career in jeopardy to dispel many long-standing misconceptions surrounding ‘‘the deed”.

Lizzy Caplan plays Johnson, an ambitious mother of two who rebels against 1950s stigmas as she tries to better herself with a job and higher education.

With the help of EKG machines and a light-up vibrator with a built-in camera lens called Ulysses, the duo sets forth to monitor the pulse, heart rate and brainwaves of their participants to illuminate what happens during sexual stimulation and orgasm. 

Michael Sheen plays Masters, a successful US gynaecologist and obstetrician who puts his career in jeopardy to dispel many long-standing misconceptions surrounding ‘‘the deed”.

The show is strongly driven by the banter and sexual tension between the stoic and socially inept Masters and the bold, warm Johnson.

The scenes tend to be no steamier than your average Game of Thrones episode.

The real magic is in the interweaving subplots and a supporting cast of characters as intriguing as the leads, from Beau Bridges as the university provost with a secret to Masters’s long-suffering ‘‘perfect” wife, played by Caitlin Fitzgerald, and Annaleigh Ashford’s portrayal of a lesbian prostitute.

Tune in to M-Net Edge on Thursdays at 9pm.

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