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Series of the Week: Nip/Tuck

“Tell me what you don't like about yourself?”
Nip/Tuck is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning American television medical drama series created by Ryan Murphy for FX Networks. The show follows the lives of two Miami plastic surgeons, Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Christian Troy (Julian McMahon).
In its debut season, Nip/Tuck was the highest-rated new series on American basic cable, and the highest rated basic cable series of all for the 18-49 and 25-54 age demographics. The fourth season of the series premiered on September 5, 2006 on FX Networks. The latest season to be released on DVD was the fourth on September 4, 2007. The fifth season premiered on October 30, 2007, and will consist of 22 episodes, making it the longest season of the show yet, with Joely Richardson returning for 15 of those episodes.
The Parents Television Council has criticized the show. The show is, however, shown at a late hour with multiple 'Viewer Discretion Advised' warnings. A particular scene involving a foursome pushed the PTC into starting a campaign to get the show taken off the air by writing to the sponsors of the show and threatening to boycott their products. Another scene the PTC criticized depicted a funeral home worker removing and assembling body parts from dead women, including his sister's head, then sewing them together to make "the ideal woman". The PTC president described it in a decency hearing as "incestuous necrophilia”.
On "Nip/Tuck," both the good sides and the dark sides of each character are brought to the fore. Irony has a field day on this show as those who you deemed to be stupid and insensitive turn out to be just the opposite when situations change.
The main problem with this series lies in where you, the viewer, make your entrance. You will be at a great loss to figure out what is going on now if you have not followed the show from its inception. Every successive show builds upon the events of all the previous ones, straight back to the pilot episode. For example, the turmoil in Sean and Julia's marriage was there from Day One as was the competitiveness between Sean and his womanizing partner, Christian Troy.
At the core of it all is Sean's ongoing identity crisis in which he has gone from a prudish wimp to a man at war with himself and everyone around him.
Although the tagline of the show is when Drs McNamara and Troy ask patients what they do not like about themselves, the underlying theme is about all the things that these two perplexed plastic surgeons hate about their lives. In trying to make others "feel better about themselves," they confront their own inadequacies, and invariably direct their hatred of themselves towards others.
Psychobabble aside, the show is damn funny, too... 9/10


  1. David said...
    I can't say that this series sounds very light hearted, but it is always interesting when a show is under fire because it is contraversial. I remember when they took Family Guy off of the air because it was to much for some viewers, but now it is back and better than ever.
    Cinema Experts said...
    Hi David!

    I really like Nip/Tuck because it is, and i am quoting, "contraversial"... :D
    So we got the same opinions right? We both like Nip/Tuck... :)

    Thanks for stopping by...
    Cinema Experts

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