"Masters of Sex." Showtime's docu-drama depiction of iconic sex researchers Willam Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virgina Johnson (
In many ways, it's the ultimate romantic odd-coupling conceit. Sheen's Masters is a buttoned-down obsessive researcher, his nose in his notes even as couples moan and writhe a few feet away, unable to connect what he is learning in the lab with his own life; one of the show's most frustrated characters is Masters, wife, Libby (Caitlin FitzGerald). On the very other hand is Caplan's Johnson, a free-spirited, truth-telling divorced mother who unapologetically accepts sex as an act of mutual pleasure rather than the permanent, life-changing bond the times demands it to be. Midway through the season, the two began participating in the study together, and since we all know they eventually marry (and later divorce), much of the narrative is devoted to bringing their opposing forces together.
But mercifully not all. Caplan's performance is certainly the crown jewel of "Masters of Sex" (that Sheen received a
Police detective/Grimm Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) has just discovered his kickass mother is still alive, his formerly comatose-then-spellbound girlfriend Juliette (
A unique and entertaining blend of creature-feature and domestic drama, with epic overtones, "Grimm" has become a beacon of solid narrative and a weekly reminder of why monsters matter, as both entertainment and symbol of human fragility.
Homeland. So now what? Carrie (Clare Danes) is now obviously pregnant and Brody (
If anyone can get Brody out the scene of the crime, and Iran, it's Carrie, but in this tale of two broken people, one has always been more irrevocably shattered than the other, and this season the narrative focused more on Carrie's relationship with Saul (Mandy Patinkin) than Brody. A hail of bullets seems more likely than some sort of Saul-approved protection plan, but who knows?
The only thing predictable
For the record:
An earlier version of this post identified the actor portraying character Nick Burkhardt as David Greenwalt. Greenwalt is "Grimm's" executive producer. David Giuntoli plays Nick.]