If you haven’t yet heard of it, Nip/Tuck
is the show that’s being rumored to have put FX on the
map. (Gee, I thought it was all those Buffy and
M*A*S*H reruns.) Nip/Tuck is a show about
two plastic surgeons in Miami, it is a self-proclaimed "disturbingly
perfect new drama." Its promos feature one-liners such
as "Tell me what you don’t like about yourself";
"Truth is only skin deep"; and "When you quit
striving for perfection, you might as well be dead". Really,
these are the recurring themes of the show.
The show explores the ethical issues of cosmetic surgery. It
explores issues of perfectionism and the attainment of dreams.
But mostly, it shows a lot of "dirty dirty" and graphic
surgery scenes. This show is not for the faint of heart.
Julian McMahon (Profiler) plays the sex- and
money-addicted Dr. Christian Troy. He’s a pretty boy struggling
with what little ethics he has. Dylan Walsh (We Were Soldiers)
plays his business partner, the devoted husband and father,
Dr. Sean McNamara. He’s got more ethics and self-righteousness
than the Pope. Joely Richardson (101 Dalmations),
daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Richardson, plays
McNamara’s wife, Julia. The McNamaras’ son, Matt,
is played by John Hensley (The Sopranos). Roma
Maffia (Profiler) plays Liz Winters, the doctors’
These are the main players. Christian is a playboy, but he’s
hot for Sean’s faithful wife, Julia. Sean wouldn’t
circumcise his son, Matt, because he considered it a "vanity"
surgery, so Matt circumcises himself. And did I mention that
there are all sorts of head cases coming into the office? Really,
the show is very engaging.
This is the show for those of us who can’t afford Skinemax
or HBO. It’s cable television at its most unbelievable
and raunchy. The show has been rampantly criticized by the medical
community for its portrayal of unethical doctors. I suppose
there are no unethical doctors? Besides, it’s a drama!
It doesn’t claim to be a documentary. The show is a good
fix for those of us who enjoy medical dramas, soap operas, and
a little soft core.