Need a new show to pick up? How about seven. Recover from your disappointment with the Dexter finale by rebounding with something new. You need that in your life. The 2013 season has already seen some breakout hits (The Blacklist) and some total misses (Lucky 7), and here are some of the standouts from the young season for your rebound pleasure.
1. Masters of Sex
Masters of Sex is, by a mile, the best new show of the season, a stunningly realized vision of 1950s sex culture that feels fully formed right out of the gate. Masters of Sex is based on the true story of Masters and Johnson, the research team who started the conversation on human sexuality at a time when many were too afraid to ask questions. The pilot was directed by Shakespeare in Love’s John Madden and the period trappings recall both Kinsey and Mad Men, but the show wouldn’t work without its boisterous leads: Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan. Caplan is truly extraordinary here, as a woman too ahead of her time to fit in and still figuring out how to stand out in a society that has little room for independent women.
This show is the first must-see of the season, both sensationally entertaining and genuinely informative. Masters of Sex proves we still have a thing or two to learn about sex.