Wednesday, October 23, 2013
The trick for premium cable is to make nudity and sex seem “legit.” That way subscribers could watch it without having to wait until everyone else in the house was asleep.
Then there’s REAL SEX. Saggy middle aged couples try to rediscover their sexuality at a hippie retreat, female mud wrestling, and Rube Goldberg penis machines are showcased in a Sesame Street for Sleazeballs format.
Fortunately, quality dramas like THE SOPRANOS came along and the nudity was just part of the pastiche. It became a bonus, not the reason to watch in the first place.
GAME OF THRONES used nudity as a writing device. Anytime they needed characters to rattle off lengthy speeches of dry exposition they just put them in brothels. No fear of audience tune out when there’s fornicating going on in the background.
But the truth is MASTERS OF SEX is a good show. They manage to satisfy the base interests of us men in the audience while attracting women by presenting a very progressive feminist point of view. The dialogue is intelligent, the characters complex, the sex is hot unless the couple is attached to seven wires, but for me that’s not the big draw.
Lizzy Caplan is luminous. I’ve been a big fan since her work in PARTY DOWN. She’s funny and smart, and here we see that she’s an actress of real depth. Yes, she’s naked quite a bit. But she’s even better with her clothes on. Here’s how good she is: I’d watch this show even if it were on ABC.
MASTERS OF SEX – check it out. You won’t hate it or yourself. And there’s not a single goat in the entire series.
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM