Bill Masters Antihero

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Last Friday, Tricia Romano at Slate posited that people are not “as enamored with Masters of Sex as they otherwise would be” because the writers chose to make Bill Masters an unsympathetic antihero. Naturally, this begs the question about people not being enamored with the show, but the bigger issue is that Romano misses an important point about Masters of Sex; Virginia Johnson is the main character of the series.

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Heroes on Television


When I was thinking about Call the Midwife the other day, I thought about how I had difficulty enjoying the show at first because it felt too earnest. I have become used to series being cynical about goodness. One of the things that stands out in Call the Midwife is that the main characters are good, as are many of the supporting characters. Even the woman who steals an infant from another mother is not evil but is instead traumatized from having to give up her own child. It made me wonder what has happened to me.

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