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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 22, 2003
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Starring: Jessalyn Gilsig, Julian McMahon, Roma Maffia
  • Summary: Nip/Tuck - A disturbingly perfect drama. Be aware that the show description below, synopses of episodes, and the forum are likely to contain spoilers.

    This drama is set in a south Florida plastic surgery center, McNamara-Troy, centering around the two doctors who own it. Sean McNamara
    (Dylan Walsh) is having problems at home, trying to keep his family together, trying to patch up the rocky road him and his wife Julia (Joely Richardson) are experiencing. On the other hand, sex-craved Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) uses his charm to bring in potential female candidates and conducts shady business deals, often for the love of money. While Sean takes his job seriously, he often has to fix Christian's mistakes. During the first season, Sean and Christian got mixed up with Escobar Gallardo, a Colombian drug lord who forced the two to do free surgery whenever he wanted them to. Sean's marriage with Julia began to wear thin, and Sean had an affair with a patient named Megan O'Hara. Julia went back to school, but it was interrupted by a miscarriage of a child Sean and Julia were trying to have. Christian learned he is the father of a baby with a woman named Gina, who he met at Sexaholics Anonymous. When the baby was born, we learn that the baby is African-American, and therefore not his. Julia questions Matt's paternity.

    The second season begins with Sean and Christian both turning 40, and Christian playing father for Wilbur, who Gina is letting him take care of, until Wilbur's real father fights him for custody. Sean and Julia are quite happy together again until Christian's loneliness after Wilbur was taken away from him causes her to reveal that Matt is really his son. The secret ripples and eventually Sean finds out, causing a separation between Sean and Julia. He and Christian find a way to stay friends. A serial rapist named the Carver has been raping victims around Miami, and slices their face, and Sean makes a commitment to fixing their faces. Ava, a life coach for Sean and Julia, forms a sexual relationship with Matt, which is doomed from the beginning due to a wide age gap and Ava's screwed up son Adrian.

    Seasons three and four have been ordered by FX at 15 episodes each. Season 3 will begin production in June for a September premiere date. Chronological repeats of the show air Sundays at 10pm. Nip/Tuck Theme Song - A Perfect Lie by The Engine Room. (Note: the song does include the words a perfect life, but the song is called A Perfect Lie.
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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Creator: Ryan Murphy
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Jul 22, 2003
  • Episode Length: 60
  • Air Time: 10:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 21, 2014
    100
    Nip/Tuck delivers its jolts within the context of an intelligent script underscored by first-rate performances. [20 July 2003, p.3]
  2. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jan 19, 2014
    90
    The overly gruesome operating room moments are best glimpsed through shielded eyes. The rest of the drama draws viewers in with rich characters, a breathless pace, a refusal to pigeonhole good guys versus bad guys, thoughtful observations about family life and midlife relationships, and intriguing casting. [22 July 2003, p.F-01]
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 21, 2014
    88
    There's no question Tuck is at times excessive or that it risks becoming exhausting. But in a season packed with reality and retreads, at least Murphy and FX are shooting for something novel and doing so in a way that is less pretentious and more dramatically viable than many of their more high-profile cable competitors.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 19, 2014
    80
    One hopes viewers don't get too caught up in Nip/Tuck's sometimes over-the-top graphic images and miss the beauty of the series underneath. [22 July 2003, p.1E]
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jan 19, 2014
    63
    An uneven series that, while sometimes hard to watch, is also hard to resist. It doesn't make you feel good for watching it, though. Joely Richardson is solid as a long-suffering wife, but creator Ryan Murphy tries way too hard to juice up his story. [22 July 2003, p.35]
  6. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jan 19, 2014
    50
    Lack of likable characters may be show’s downfall, though if future hourlongs focus on ethical and personal dilemmas rather than pile them on as occurs in the pilot, Nip/Tuck has some promise.
  7. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jan 19, 2014
    25
    There are no characters to care about in Nip-Tuck. It seems their motivations are purely hollow. We love Tony Soprano - even when he cheats on his wife or whacks an enemy - because he reveals his own vulnerability and tragic flaws. But this Nip-Tuck bunch are vacant louts - "ER" meets "WWE SmackDown!" [22 July 2003, p.39]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 2, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Sex, style, beauty and good music made this one of the most cult tv show of all time. The minimalist decor and designer suits give a charming touch to the show, Christian Troy is all men want to be. However I must admit that the first few seasons were the best, especially the fourth. Expand