Despite chronic worry over viewership, the writers refuse to abandon their signature choice of wit over cheap laughs and cheek over snark. This show should be a big fat hit, because it's one of the best comedies on TV.
More important, Season 3 has been salted with humorous cultural references -- the second episode was called
Months have passed, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is now firmly entrenched as head of the
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There is a lot of sex, obviously, in "Masters of Sex," though much of it is research-oriented and a bit creepy, but that is not the point. As Masters keeps arguing with those who accuse him of pornography, knowledge is the point, and slowly we see how biology can be destiny -- growing understanding of sexuality fueled the sexual and women's liberation movements. Sheen is something of a chameleon, though the repressed scientist doesn't sit quite comfortably on him -- we keep waiting for the grin we know is lurking in there somewhere. Caplan, on the other hand, is a marvel, creating a dishy, dignified and thoroughly modern woman who winds up helping millions to become something similar. Showtime, Sundays, 10 p.m.