Masters of Sex (season 4)

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Masters of Sex
Season 4
Masters of Sex Season 4.jpg
Season 4 promotional poster
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseSeptember 11 (2016-09-11) –
November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)
Season chronology
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List of Masters of Sex episodes

The fourth and final season of the American television drama series Masters of Sex premiered on September 11, 2016, and concluded on November 13, 2016, consisting of 10 episodes. Showtime broadcast the fourth season on Sundays at 10:00 pm (ET) in the United States.[1] It was announced on November 30, 2016, that Showtime had cancelled the series.[2]

The series was developed for television by Michelle Ashford and is based on the biography Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love by Thomas Maier. Masters of Sex tells the story of Dr. William Masters (Michael Sheen) and Virginia Johnson (Lizzy Caplan), two pioneering researchers of human sexuality at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. The fourth season takes place in 1968 and 1969.






The series was renewed for a 12-episode fourth season on August 11, 2015, by Showtime;[3] however, the episode count was later reduced to 10.[4] In June 2016, production began in Los Angeles and several recurring roles for the season were announced, including Niecy Nash, Betty Gilpin,[5] Erin Karpluk,[6] Alysia Reiner, Jeremy Strong, Ashley Zukerman,[7] and David Walton.[8] In July 2016, it was announced that Andre Royo would be playing Sammy Davis Jr. and in August 2016, it was announced that Kelli O'Hara had been cast in a recurring role.[9][10]


No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
371"Freefall"Colin BuckseyMichelle AshfordSeptember 2, 2016 (2016-09-02) (online)
September 11, 2016 (2016-09-11) (Showtime)
Bill, reeling after Virginia's departure, is forced to go to mandatory AA meetings after being caught drunk driving, and tries to turn his life around by returning to the clinic; Virginia, intent on getting a story published, works with Hugh Hefner, who wants to invest in Bill and Virginia; Libby finally expresses her rage against Bill.
382"Inventory"Jeremy WebbSteven LevensonSeptember 18, 2016 (2016-09-18)0.420[12]
Virginia learns that Bill has hired a new partner, as per their agreement, and begins looking for a partner of her own; Bill is upset to hear that his kids hate him, and is intent on making things right with Libby; Libby reveals that she had affairs while with Bill.
393"The Pleasure Protocol"Adam ArkinEllen FaireySeptember 25, 2016 (2016-09-25)0.422[13]
Bill and Virginia continue to work with their respective partners on several different new cases; Alice Logan returns to see Virginia; Libby starts a new job working for a divorce lawyer.
404"Coats or Keys"Colin BuckseyAmy LippmanOctober 2, 2016 (2016-10-02)0.525[14]
Bill, Virginia, Libby, Betty, Lester, and Keller all end up at a swingers party hosted by Art and Nancy; Bill and Libby re-examine their complicated relationship; Virginia confronts her feelings toward Bill.
415"Outliers"Eric Galileo TigniniEsta SpaldingOctober 9, 2016 (2016-10-09)0.341[15]
With their legal troubles coming to a resolution, Bill is forced to make a difficult admission, while considering reuniting with Libby; Virginia goes to New York to salvage their book deal.
426"Family Only"Colin BuckseySeth FisherOctober 16, 2016 (2016-10-16)0.506[16]
Virginia deals with insubordination in the clinic, and continues to try to reunite with Bill, despite his pulling away; Helen goes into labor and Betty is left dealing with the aftermath of her in-laws abrupt exit and an unforeseen tragedy.
437"In To Me You See"Michael AptedMatthew-Lee ErlbachOctober 23, 2016 (2016-10-23)0.486[17]
Bill contacts a lover from his past, while he and Art try to help a possibly bisexual client continue with his marriage; Virginia and Nancy discover their clinic is under scrutiny from competing businesses; Louise from AA surprises Bill, in need of a favor.
448"Topeka"Julie Anne RobinsonEsta SpaldingOctober 30, 2016 (2016-10-30)0.393[18]
While investigating a competing clinic in Topeka, Virginia is horrified to learn that Bill and a former lover have met in person; Austin comes upon a new business venture.
459"Night and Day"Karyn KusamaSteven LevensonNovember 6, 2016 (2016-11-06)0.463[19]
Virginia is dismayed to hear that her parents marriage is on the rocks; Bill learns that Louise has fallen off the wagon; Libby and Bram get stuck in a traffic jam.
4610"The Eyes of God"Michael AptedMichelle AshfordNovember 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)0.457[20]
Bill and Virginia plan their wedding, while taking precautions as they learn Nancy is planning on opening her own clinic; Libby plans on moving to California to study Law at Berkeley.


The fourth season has received generally positive reviews from critics. It has a Metacritic score of 70 out of 100 based on 5 reviews.[21]


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  2. ^ Gelman, Vlada (November 30, 2016). "Masters of Sex Is Done at Showtime". TVLine. Retrieved November 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 11, 2015). "Ray Donovan, Masters of Sex Renewed for Season 4 at Showtime". TVLine. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "Masters of Sex". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  5. ^ Stanhope, Kate (June 9, 2016). "'Masters of Sex' Adds Niecy Nash, 'Nurse Jackie's' Betty Gilpin for Season 4". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  6. ^ Gelman, Vlada (June 8, 2016). "Masters of Sex Season 4: Being Erica Star Books Multi-Episode Arc". TVLine. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (June 17, 2016). "'Masters Of Sex': Alysia Reiner, Jeremy Strong & Ashley Zukerman Join Season 4 Cast". Deadline. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 24, 2016). "'Masters of Sex' Adds David Walton For Season 4". Deadline. Retrieved August 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Cavassuto, Maria (July 6, 2016). "TV News Roundup: Andre Royo Joins 'Masters of Sex' Season 4 & More". Variety. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  10. ^ Ausiello, Michael (August 4, 2016). "Masters of Sex Recruits Kelli O'Hara as Masters' Long-Lost Love in Season 4". TVLine. Retrieved August 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 13, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.11.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 13, 2016.
  12. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 20, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.18.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  13. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (September 27, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.25.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 27, 2016.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 4, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.2.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  15. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 11, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.9.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 11, 2016.
  16. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 18, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.16.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 18, 2016.
  17. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 25, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.23.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  18. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 1, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 10.30.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
  19. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 8, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.6.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 8, 2016.
  20. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (November 15, 2016). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 11.13.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved November 15, 2016.
  21. ^ "Masters of Sex - Season 4 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved September 12, 2016.

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