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M ichelle Ashford, Amy Lippman and Sarah Timberman are seated around a conference table ticking off a list of Hollywood sex scenes. As the brains behind the Showtime series, Masters of Sex — which traces the lives of pioneering sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson — the women needed to understand: What makes a sex scene sexy? So they each sat down one night, with a series of sex scenes collected on a DVD. One by one, they dissected each carnal moment. What they found, naturally, was that it had little to do with the physical act — and everything to do with narrative. Michael Sheen who plays Masters loved it. We loved it.
This article is from the archive of our partner. The promise of steamy scenes has always been in the title of Showtime's series, but over the course of the first season the show delivered a more complicated look at the deed. That's not to say that we're venturing into purely lascivious territory we check back in with our researchers, but the show is exploring something it rarely did in the first season: satisfying, passionate sex.
Disrobing for the cameras may not be easy at first, but after a while it can acquire a certain workaday familiarity. Together, they began studying human sexual behavior in St. Louis in the late s, when the subject was taboo in mixed company and sex therapy was virtually nonexistent. Some of the supposed sexual wisdom they ended up overturning dated from Victorian times.