I’m sure that I’m not alone in feeling an ever-growing sense of ennui as Sunday approaches, marking the end of Breaking Bad forever. As someone who hates mafia-based pop culture, and also entertainment that moves really slowly, I haven’t seen The Sopranos or The Wire, so for me, Breaking Bad is it. It is the pinnacle of the modern tv drama genre, and I’m WAY too sad about the fact that it’s coming to an end. (Note that I haven’t mentioned the fact that Dexter also just completed its run, because let’s face it – the only hole that has left in the viewing schedule of those of us that stuck it out to the end is a giant, gaping void of stupidity. I’m not naive; I wasn’t expecting the finale to be good, but…I also wasn’t expecting it to be the giant steaming pile of WTF that it ended up being. I still can’t even…).
So, what with BB ending, it’s time to survey the horizon for the next prestige cable drama to fill the void; a show that will entertain us while simultaneously lending our crippling tv addictions a touch of class. I’m here to say that for me, that show is Masters of Sex, starting this Sunday on Showtime. It combines the compelling premise and stellar acting that are the hallmarks of all the great cable dramas, the fancy retro stylings of Mad Men, the constant nudity of True Blood, and it’s all covered in a layer of academic integrity, so you can hold your head high while you watch it. Sure, there’s a shit ton of boinking, boobs and sex toys, but it’s for science. Plus, it features everyone’s collective big lesbian crush Lizzy Caplan in her best role yet. Have I piqued your interest?