|Created by||Ryan Murphy|
|Opening theme||"A Perfect Lie"|
by The Engine Room
|Composer||James S. Levine|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||100 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||41–70 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||July 22, 2003 –|
March 3, 2010
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). 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. 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. Series creator Ryan Murphy said that the medical cases on the show are "100 percent based on fact".
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 and ending up with dozens of women in bed. Sean takes his job seriously and often must fix Christian's mistakes.
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, 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.
Nip/Tuck filmed its 100th and final episode on June 12, 2009, without creator Ryan Murphy, 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.
Main article: List of Nip/Tuck characters
|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|
|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
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||July 22, 2003||October 21, 2003|
|2||16||June 22, 2004||October 5, 2004|
|3||15||September 20, 2005||December 20, 2005|
|4||15||September 5, 2006||December 12, 2006|
|5||22||14||October 10, 2007||February 19, 2008|
|8||January 6, 2009||March 3, 2009|
|6||19||October 14, 2009||March 3, 2010|
Viewer numbers (based on average total viewers per episode) of Nip/Tuck on FX.
|Season||Time slot||Season premiere||Season finale||Viewers
|1st||Tuesday 10:00 pm||July 22, 2003||3.7||2.0||October 21, 2003||2.99||2.1||3.25||2.2|
|2nd||June 22, 2004||3.8||2.7||October 5, 2004||5.2||3.6||3.8||2.6|
|3rd||September 20, 2005||5.3||3.7||December 20, 2005||5.7||3.9||3.9||2.7|
|4th||September 5, 2006||4.8||3.4||December 12, 2006||3.38||2.38||3.9||2.75|
|5th – Part I||October 30, 2007||4.3||3.5||February 19, 2008||N/A||2.41||N/A||N/A|
|5th – Part II||January 6, 2009||3.1||2.4||March 3, 2009||3.8||2.4||N/A||N/A|
|6th||Wednesday 10:00 pm||October 14, 2009||2.9||1.9||March 3, 2010||1.8|
Nip/Tuck became an instant cable hit from its 2003 series premiere.
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". 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.
Including "Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa", three episodes of Nip/Tuck rank as the three most-watched scripted programs ever on FX. 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,"[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."
In Australia, the series aired 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 and Canterbury Television; and in the United Kingdom on Fox, Sky Living, Sky1 and Channel 4. In the United Kingdom the showed only commenced airing on January 13, 2004. In South Africa the show aired, after the actual running time, on SABC 3.
|Title||Release date||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|The Complete First Season||June 15, 2004||September 20, 2004||October 20, 2004||
|The Complete Second Season||August 30, 2005||May 30, 2005||July 13, 2005||
|The Complete Third Season||August 29, 2006||May 8, 2006||May 2, 2007||
|The Complete Fourth Season||September 4, 2007||August 13, 2007||July 2, 2008||
|The Complete Fifth Season||December 30, 2008 (part 1)
October 6, 2009 (part 2)
|January 18, 2010||October 28, 2009||
|The Complete Sixth and Final Season||June 8, 2010||September 6, 2010||February 2, 2011||
|The Complete Series||November 2, 2010||N/A||N/A||
In 2013, the Colombian network Caracol TV produced the Spanish language adaptation of the series, titled Mentiras perfectas (Perfect Lies).