Created byRyan Murphy
Opening theme"A Perfect Lie"
by The Engine Room
ComposerJames S. Levine
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Production locationHollywood, Los Angeles[1]
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time41–70 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseJuly 22, 2003 (2003-07-22) –
March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)
Mentiras perfectas

Nip/Tuck is an American medical drama television series created by Ryan Murphy that aired on FX in the United States from July 22, 2003, to March 3, 2010. The series, which also incorporates elements of crime drama, black comedy, family drama, satire, and psychological thriller, focuses on "McNamara/Troy", a cutting-edge, controversial plastic surgery center, and follows the personal and professional lives of its founders Dr. Sean McNamara and Dr. Christian Troy (portrayed by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon, respectively).[2] Each episode features graphic, partial depictions of the plastic surgeries on one or more patients, as well as developments in the doctors' personal lives. Focus is also given to McNamara/Troy's anesthesiologist Dr. Liz Cruz, Christian's many sexual partners, and Sean's family. With the exception of the pilot, each episode of the series is named after one of the patients scheduled to receive plastic surgery.

Unlike most medical dramas, Nip/Tuck used serial storytelling and often had story arcs spanning multiple seasons; for example, seasons two and three focused on a serial rapist known as The Carver, who often mutilates his victims' faces, leading McNamara/Troy to provide pro bono surgery to the victims.

The show premiered on July 22, 2003, and concluded on March 3, 2010, with the 100th episode.[3] Despite being initially set in Miami, at the end of the fourth season, it was relocated to Los Angeles, and many of the characters followed along. The show earned 45 award nominations, winning one Golden Globe and one Emmy Award.[4] Series creator Ryan Murphy said that the medical cases on the show are "100 percent based on fact".[5]


The drama is set in a plastic-surgery center, McNamara/Troy, centering on the two doctors who own it. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) is often found having problems at home due to being seduced by beautiful women on a daily basis, and thus tries to keep his family together by patching up the rocky road in which his family and himself are living. Partner Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), though, uses his charm to bring in potential female candidates and conducts vain business deals, almost never failing to end up with them in bed. Sean takes his job seriously and often must fix Christian's mistakes.


According to Ryan Murphy, the series was inspired by makeover episodes of the talk shows The Jenny Jones Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.[6]

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 time for the 18–49 and 25–54 age demographics.

The fifth season premiered on October 30, 2007,[7] though production was affected by the 2007 Writers Strike. Accordingly, the second half of the fifth season was not screened until January 6, 2009, in the U.S. Another 19 episodes were picked up by FX; airing on October 14, 2009. Following a three-week hiatus for the Christmas holidays, the show resumed in January 2010, and concluded on March 3, 2010, with its 100th episode.[8][9][10]

Nip/Tuck filmed its 100th and final episode on June 12, 2009, without creator Ryan Murphy,[11] who was, at the time, in India scouting locations for his film version of the memoir Eat, Pray, Love.

The show inspired the creation of the plastic-surgery reality show Dr. 90210.[12]

Characters and cast

Main cast

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Dylan Walsh Sean McNamara Main
Julian McMahon Christian Troy Main
John Hensley Matt McNamara Main
Joely Richardson Julia McNamara Main
Valerie Cruz Grace Santiago Main
Roma Maffia Liz Cruz Recurring Main
Kelly Carlson Kimber Henry Recurring Main
Jessalyn Gilsig Gina Russo Recurring Main Special Guest
Bruno Campos Quentin Costa Guest Main

Recurring cast

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Kelsey Batelaan Annie McNamara Recurring
Linda Klein Nurse Linda Recurring
Robert LaSardo Escobar Gallardo Recurring Guest Recurring Guest
Ruth Williamson Mrs. Hedda Grubman Recurring Guest Guest
Joey Slotnick Dr. Merrill Bobolit Recurring Guest Guest
Phillip Rhys Jude Sawyer Recurring Guest
Julie Warner Megan O'Hara Recurring Guest Guest
Joshua & Josiah Henry Wilber Troy Recurring Recurring
Vanessa Redgrave Dr. Erica Noughton Recurring Guest
Famke Janssen Ava Moore Recurring Special Guest Special Guest
Seth Gabel Adrian Moore Recurring
Willam Belli Cherry Peck Recurring
Rhona Mitra Kit McGraw Recurring
Brittany Snow Ariel Alderman Recurring
Sanaa Lathan Michelle Landau Recurring
Jacqueline Bisset James LeBeau Recurring
Peter Dinklage Marlowe Sawyer Recurring
Rosie O'Donnell Dawn Budge Recurring
Mario Lopez Dr. Mike Hamoui Guest Recurring
Paula Marshall Kate Tinsley Recurring
Bradley Cooper Aidan Stone Recurring
Portia de Rossi Olivia Lord Recurring
AnnaLynne McCord Eden Lord Recurring
John Schneider Ram Peters Recurring
Sharon Gless Colleen Rose Recurring
Katee Sackhoff (season 5)
Rose McGowan (season 6)
Dr. Theodora "Teddy" Rowe Recurring
George Newbern Dr. Curtis Ryerson Recurring
Melonie Diaz Ramona Perez Recurring


Main article: List of Nip/Tuck episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113July 22, 2003 (2003-07-22)October 21, 2003 (2003-10-21)
216June 22, 2004 (2004-06-22)October 5, 2004 (2004-10-05)
315September 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
415September 5, 2006 (2006-09-05)December 12, 2006 (2006-12-12)
52214October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)
8January 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)March 3, 2009 (2009-03-03)
619October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14)March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)

Main crew

Awards and nominations

U.S. television ratings

Viewer numbers (based on average total viewers per episode) of Nip/Tuck on FX.

Season Time slot Season premiere Season finale Viewers
(in millions)
Age 18–49
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
1st Tuesday 10:00 pm July 22, 2003 3.7[13] 2.0[13] October 21, 2003 2.99[14] 2.1[13] 3.25[14] 2.2[14]
2nd June 22, 2004 3.8[13] 2.7[13] October 5, 2004 5.2[13] 3.6[13] 3.8[13] 2.6[13]
3rd September 20, 2005 5.3[13] 3.7[13] December 20, 2005 5.7[15] 3.9[15] 3.9[15] 2.7[15]
4th September 5, 2006 4.8[16] 3.4[16] December 12, 2006 3.38[17] 2.38[18] 3.9 2.75[17]
5th – Part I October 30, 2007 4.3[19] 3.5 February 19, 2008 N/A 2.41[20] N/A N/A
5th – Part II January 6, 2009 3.1[21] 2.4[21] March 3, 2009 3.8 2.4 N/A N/A
6th Wednesday 10:00 pm October 14, 2009 2.9[22] 1.9[23] March 3, 2010 1.8

Nip/Tuck became an instant cable hit from its 2003 series premiere.[citation needed]

For its third season, FX aired Nip/Tuck solely in the fall of 2005, instead of during the summer season, like the two years prior. John Landgraf, president of FX, stated that such a move was a "huge risk", since it stacked up "against the full barrage of fall network competition".[15] Despite some criticism on its third season, the story arc involving The Carver attracted even more of an audience to the series than any of the seasons before, reaching its climax in a December 20, 2005, two-hour season finale, entitled "Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa", which became the most-watched scripted program in the history of the FX network.[citation needed]

Including "Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa", three episodes of Nip/Tuck rank as the three most-watched scripted programs ever on FX.[citation needed] The second-season finale, entitled "Joan Rivers", which aired on October 5, 2004, drew 5.2 million viewers. It was then eclipsed on September 20, 2005, when the third-season premiere, entitled "Momma Boone", drew roughly 5.3 million viewers. Three months later on December 20, 2005, the aforementioned third-season finale, entitled "Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa", drew 5.7 million viewers. Of those 5.7 million viewers, 3.9 million were in the 18–49 age group demographic, "making the finale the number-one episode among the key advertising demographic of any cable series in 2005. It's also the largest demographic number for any single telecast in the network's history,"[15][dead link] according to Zap2It.

According to the September 8, 2006, Mediaweek column "The Programming Insider", "the fourth-season premiere on Tuesday, September 5, 2006, averaged 4.8 million total viewers and 3.4 million adults 18–49, building over its season-three average by 25% and 26%, respectively. Nip/Tuck's performance among adults 18–49 ranks as basic cable's top-rated season premiere in the demographic for 2006, as of September 8, 2006."[16]


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In Australia, the series was broadcast on Showcase and Nine Network; in Canada on CTV and Series+; in France on M6; in Ireland on TG4; in New Zealand on TV One, TV2 and Canterbury Television.[24][25]

In the United Kingdom, Sky One acquired the series just a few weeks ahead of its US debut, on 8 July 2003, and premiered in the 10:00pm time slot on 13 January 2004.[26][27] In August 2004, Nip/Tuck began airing on Channel 4, who had already acquired the free-to-air rights to the series before Sky announced they had the first-run pay TV rights. They only aired the first two seasons before dropping the show from its lineup.[28] In 2007, Nip/Tuck moved from Sky One to the British version of the show's home network, FX.[29] It has also since aired on Sky Living.

In South Africa the show aired, after the actual running time, on SABC 3.

Home media

Title Release date Special features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season June 15, 2004 September 20, 2004 October 20, 2004
  • 3 making-of documentaries
    • Giving Melodrama a Facelift
    • Realistic Expectations: The Practice of Plastic Surgery
    • Are They Real or Fake?: Miraculous Makeup Effects of Nip/Tuck
  • Severed Parts gag reel
  • Cutting room floor deleted scenes
  • A Perfect Lie music video. Teaser trailer.
The Complete Second Season August 30, 2005 May 30, 2005 July 13, 2005
  • Cutting room floor: Deleted scenes
  • Featurette: Recurring Pain: Three Women and Their Man
The Complete Third Season August 29, 2006 May 8, 2006 May 2, 2007
  • Severed Parts - unaired scenes
  • 2 featurettes
    • Chasing the Carver
    • The Perfect Look: Set Design.
The Complete Fourth Season September 4, 2007 August 13, 2007 July 2, 2008
  • Cutting Room Floor - unaired scenes
  • Clever casting: The season's guest stars
  • Sizzle: the sexuality of Nip/Tuck.
  • The cutting edge: how real-life dramas are incorporated into the show
  • Severed parts: gag reel
The Complete Fifth Season December 30, 2008 (part 1)
October 6, 2009 (part 2)
January 18, 2010 October 28, 2009
  • Hollywood Hedonism: The Transition from Miami to Hollywood
  • Cutting Room Floor: Unaired scenes
  • Severed parts: gag reel
  • Featurette: The Science of Beauty
The Complete Sixth and Final Season June 8, 2010 September 6, 2010 February 2, 2011
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurette
  • Gag reel
The Complete Series November 2, 2010 N/A N/A
  • Special features from individual season box sets

International adaptation

In 2013, the Colombian network Caracol TV produced the Spanish language adaptation of the series, titled Mentiras perfectas (Perfect Lies).[30]


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