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Masters of Sex tells the Story of the research team consisting of William Masters and Virginia Johnson researching sexuality in the 1950s. The persons really existed as well as their study, so I wonder how close the events of the show match the events of real life.

Especially the fact that the show has a big drama component with major developments between all the main characters makes me wonder if they simply took the back story of the study and beefed it up with some fictional personal background.

Some questions that come to mind:

  • Did the creators of the show make any statement regarding how close they are sticking to the real life events?
  • Is there even enough known about the personal life of Masters and Johnson to tell the story in such detail?
  • What major differences are there between the show and reality?
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I have not seen the movie but have heard the following about Masters & Johnson. Masters wanted a pretty face for the team so hired Johnson. She had no scientific qualifications. He ended up having sex with her one summer while his wife was away. He left his wife and married Johnson. They later got divorced. He had sex with a variety of partners and encouraged his staff to do so as well. His choices included male partners, and he later came to the conclusion that homosexuality was an illness that he could 'cure'. what types of 'drama' are you referring to? – Andrew Thompson Aug 4 '14 at 4:43
It's a TV show actually, although I remember seeing a movie about the same topic once... – atticae Aug 4 '14 at 4:45
"It's a TV show actually.." My bad. I don't actually own a TV and get all my movies and TV shows on DVD (haven't got enough PC bandwidth to torrent them - but do have a Blu-Ray in the PC). – Andrew Thompson Aug 4 '14 at 4:50
The TV show is based on a book, and the blurb for the book along with some of the reviews make it clear there was access to notes and journals, and that's it's pretty accurate. – Kate Gregory Sep 2 '14 at 18:03

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