Masters of Sex is an American period drama television series that premiered on September 29, 2013, on Showtime. Because, mostly, it is, and because to the extent it tells the story sex house cast two real people, it also adorns the telling with dramatic practicalities, invented characters and narrative detours.
Christian Borle as Francis ‘Frank’ Masters, Jr. Charles Hendricks, the head of an African-American St. Showtime ordered the pilot for Masters of Sex in August 2011, and greenlit it for series in June 2012, with the first season consisting of twelve episodes. Michelle Ashford serves as showrunner for Masters of Sex. She assembled a majority-female writing staff, although she says this was unintentional.
Ashford created the character of Barton Scully out of a combination of several men whom Masters knew. One of them was gay, but was not the man serving as provost during Masters’ initial study. Prop master Jeffrey Johnson noted the difficulty of obtaining accurate information about sexual devices from the time period. They were so taboo it was hard to find research drawings.