Nip/Tuck

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Hotshot plastic surgeon Christian Troy enjoys all the perks of the successful and growing Miami practice that he shares with his best friend, Sean McNamara.
Starring
Dylan WalshJohn HensleyJulian Mcmahon
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    July 22, 2003
    1 h 6 min
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    A tense situation quickly becomes deadly when a Colombian drug lord arrives in search of a former employee who has had extensive facial reconstruction.
  2. 2. Mandi/Randi
    July 29, 2003
    47min
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    At Sean's insistence, Christian agrees to hire a staff psychologist.
  3. 3. Nanette Babcock
    August 5, 2003
    48min
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    Christian becomes furious when Sean agrees with Grace, who is now the practice's in-house psychologist, regarding a woman's desire for extensive surgery in order to look beautiful for her high school reunion.
  4. 4. Sofia Lopez
    August 12, 2003
    46min
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    Christian tries to persuade Sean to go into business with a very successful pornography production company whose performers need cosmetic surgery.
  5. 5. Kurt Dempsey
    August 11, 2003
    46min
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    Sean and Christian interview a potential patient, a Caucasian man who wants his eyes to look Asian so he can be accepted by his fiancée's family.
  6. 6. Megan O'Hara
    September 1, 2003
    47min
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    When Christian's prized possessions are vandalized, he tries to contact the women he has wronged in the past to find the culprit.
  7. 7. Cliff Mantegna
    September 9, 2003
    46min
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    When Julia surprises Matt having sex with both Vanessa Bartholomew and Ridley Lange, she humiliates him by demanding an intervention with Ridley's nonplussed mother and Vanessa's outraged parents, who didn't even know that Vanessa is a lesbian.
  8. 8. Cara Fitzgerald
    September 16, 2003
    47min
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    While driving his friend Henry (recurring guest star ANDREW LEEDS) home, Matt looks away from the road and strikes a shy girl, Cara Fitzgerald, throwing her out of sight into a ditch.
  9. 9. Sofia Lopez Part II
    September 23, 2003
    47min
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    Christian accompanies his sexy girlfriend, Kimber Henry (recurring guest star KELLY CARLSON), to a spa where they encounter rival plastic surgeon Merrill Bobolit (recurring guest star JOEY SLOTNICK).
  10. 10. Adelle Coffin
    September 30, 2003
    47min
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    An error during surgery causes Christian to lose his confidence immediately before he and Sean must take a surgical test for recertification by the medical board.
  11. 11. Montana/Sassy/Justice
    October 7, 2003
    46min
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    After operating on a woman, Montana Caine (CHERYL WHITE), for varicose veins, Sean and Grace are astounded to discover that Montana has multiple personality disorder.
  12. 12. Antonia Ramos
    October 14, 2003
    46min
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    Christian and Sean operate on a South American woman with grotesquely huge breasts and discover that she is being used to carry liquid heroin into the U.S. in her implants.
  13. 13. Escobar Gallardo
    October 21, 2003
    49min
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    In the season finale, drug lord Escobar Gallardo's (recurring guest star ROBERT LaSARDO) demands that Sean and Christian perform free breast implant removal operations on women Escobar uses to smuggle liquid heroin into the United States nearly force McNamara/Troy into financial ruin.

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Directors
Michael M. RobinElodie KeeneRyan MurphyCharles HaidCraig ZiskJohn ScottNelson McCormickSean JablonskiRichard LevineBrad Falchuk
Supporting actors
Valerie CruzJoely Richardson
Season year
2003
Network
FX
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Lawrance BernaboReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Okay, okay, I finally tried "Nip/Tuck" and I like it, I like it
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I heard about "Nip/Tuck" and since it was about plastic surgery, I avoided watching it. I appreciate the importance of plastic surgery in restoring the looks of patients, but am less enthused by cosmetic surgery to improve personal appearance, mainly because I do not consider being pretty or handsome to be that important (being neither makes it an easy position to hold). But more importantly I avoided taking biology in high school and college because I was not going to take a scalpel and start dissecting a frog (or worse). I still remember the anti-smoking film I saw in health class and how everybody freaked during the lung cancer operation. It was not taking out the diseased lung, but the bit where the surgeon cut into his chest that had everybody gagging. But several students recommended the series and I decided to check it out. Surprisingly I made it all the way to Episode 24, "Natasha Charles," before I got to something that freaked me and had me yelling "No!" over and over again so loudly my wife came running because she thought something had happened to me (you will know it when you see it, and that is all I can say if I want to continue writing this review).

Of course the show is not really about plastic surgery, although in pretty much every episode there comes a point where we get to see it performed. "Nip/Tuck" is about the people who require the surgery and the surgeons who perform it. In Miami we find McNamara/Troy, a plastic surgery practice co-owned by Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and his best friend, Christian Troy (Julian McMahon). Sean is married to his college sweetheart, Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson), and has two children, a teenage son named Matt (John Hensley) and a younger daughter named Annie (Kelsey Lynn Batelaan). There is something of a love triangle between Sean, Christian, and Julia, but what is pivotal to the dynamic of the show are not the feelings that Christian and Julia have or still have for each other. Central to the series is that fact that in the final analysis, Sean cares more for his best friend than he does for himself. Beyond that it is painfully obvious that Sean and Christian are the sort of opposites that make for good partners: Christian has yet to find anybody he loves more than himself, and Sean will always put the welfare of others before his own. These tragic flaws do not turn every episodes into a mini-Greek tragedy, but there are moments of pain.

The patients that come to McNamara/Troy are the catalyst for what happens, and if there is often a dramatic irony that exists between the problems of the patient and the ongoing personal traumas of the main characters, we should not be that surprised. The initial question that patients are asked is "Tell me what you don't like about yourself?" The point of the question is about their appearance, but obvious the answer runs deeper than the person's skin. It does not take long to establish that patients of all kinds come to McNamara/Troy for surgery. So there are patients who need plastic surgery after a car accident ("Cara Fitzgerald") and those who want it for cosmetic reasons, such as a pair of twins who want to look different from each other ("Mandi/Randi"). Each episode is named for the primary patient, but you only know the titles from the menus. This matters only on a few episodes where the title is for one of the main or supporting characters, in which case you know they are going to need medical attention by the end of the episode.

There are a couple of key story arcs throughout the first season, starting (and ending) with the drug lord Escobar Gallardo (Robert La Sardo), after Troy operates on somebody who wants to hide from Gallardo, who becomes more and more involved in their business, sending them mules from Columbia are smuggling drugs in breast implants. Merril Bobolit (Joey Slotnick), a rival plastic surgeon, takes away business from McNamara/Troy by using advertising and other tricks, while Mrs. Grubman (Ruth Williamson) has developed an addiction to plastic surgery. Meanwhile, somebody is vandalizing Troy's possessions, Sean becomes close with a patient (Julie Warner), and a transsexual named Sophia Lopez (Jonathan Del Arco) develops a friendship with Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia), the resident anesthesiologist. Consequently, each episode has a self-contained story, but each is part of the larger picture and the image in the mirror is a constant reminder that looks are not everything. If you can stomach the surgery scenes (including the do it yourself circumcision), then "Nip/Tuck" could get you hooked on its peculiar look at the human condition.
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Angela D. MitchellReviewed in the United States on June 29, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cuts Beneath the Surface -- a shocking, smart, sexy show
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There's a key scene in the pilot episode of "Nip/Tuck" in which a vain, gorgeous blonde model asks (the equally vain and gorgeous) Dr. Troy what he thinks she needs surgery-wise to be a "10."
So Troy pulls out a marker and proceeds to bluntly detail every one of her flaws from head to foot on her naked body -- what he would lift, or change, remove, or cut. He then turns her marked-up self toward the mirror to confront what she had thought was so perfect only moments before. It's a shattering scene.
Which is why "Nip/Tuck" is so good. The show is a wonderful paradox because it's all about facades -- while presenting a gorgeous facade itself. But there's always something else beneath the surface. It's everything a cable drama should be -- and everything network TV these days pretty much can't be. It's brutal (the surgeries are not for the weak of stomach and are often startlingly real), witty (the dialogue is quick, biting, and bracing), complex, and sexy as anything to boot.
The show (especially on DVD) looks fantastic, with beautiful production values, great music, film-quality cinematography, and superb acting. It's slick and glossy and shiny and gorgeous -- and then it promptly looks underneath at all the insecurity and ugliness. All these people want perfection, but let's face it, how often do we get it?
The two doctors are the backbone of the show, and the actors who bring them to life are incredible. Dylan Walsh is wonderful -- I'd never been a fan of his before, but his boy-scout boyishness is used perfectly in this, and his acting chops blew me away. The guy can act.
And Julian McMahon is a revelation as Troy -- it's the role of a lifetime, and McMahon seems to visibly revel in his character's scheming, conniving, smugness, and superficiality -- he's almost a sociopath, and McMahon brings something almost reptilian and flat to his eyes in some scenes. And then just when you least expect it, he'll give you a glimpse of something almost heroic underneath. The guy is simply not easily defined, as conflicted and dangerous as he is beautiful.
The women of the show are just as good, especially Joely Richardson, who is fantastic and almost Shakespearan as Walsh's bitter, conflicted wife. I love Roma Downey as the smart and streetwise nurse of the practice, as well as Julie Warner, who is very good in a lovely and key role as a cancer survivor.
The entire first season of "Nip/Tuck" is excellent and worth seeing, and while there are several enjoyable standalone episodes, the season-long arc of this show is particularly strong, with every character facing, defeating, or falling before some kind of inner demon before the end.
WARNING: The show is definitely adult, and potentially shocking for many. The surgeries are often graphically depicted, as are many sexual scenarios (most involving a naked or semi-naked McMahon, not that I'm complaining, LOL).
While made for F/X, the show is really best viewed along the same lines as an HBO or Showtime show -- the levels of violence and nudity are pretty similar. (But in the show's defense, it's very creative about this stuff, and everything often has a deeper meaning -- the sex is hysterically funny, or revealing, or poignant, depending on the episode.)
So if you're open to something exhilarating and new -- a medical drama unlike anything else out there -- "Nip/Tuck" is rewarding and truly a don't-miss. Especially with so much mediocrity on TV right now.
(Note: I removed one star because for some inexplicable reason this DVD set doesn't boast a single commentary -- unthinkable for a show as deep and multifaceted as this one. I hope they correct this in Season 2 -- a real shame.)
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SchtinkyReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
A perfect soul, a perfect mind, a perfect face, a perfect lie...
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Nip/Tuck is a shallow show that digs deep, it certainly got me hooked; and I don't watch TV. I received Nip/Tuck Season One as an unwanted gift, and have been hooked on the show ever since. Following the lines of a very adult soap opera revolving around a plastic surgery practice, Nip/Tuck saves itself from being ordinary with some truly phenomenal surgery FX and the best soundtrack since Michael Mann's 'Miami Vice'. With the expert blending of visual and audio into a sensory treat, you immediately become attracted to the show. Then, you will stick around for the gruesome surgery scenes and the $ex. My friend said I would like the show because I am a horror fan (the realistic and bloody surgeries), and he was right.

The characters are irritatingly predictable and irritatingly unpredictable, if that makes sense. Just when you think you have them figured out, they do something stupider than usual. But with the excellent casting, the actors manage to pull off some pretty lame dialogue and keep the show not just interesting but compelling.

At McNamara/Troy, Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) are at odds with each other. Together since med school, the two are completely separate personality types. Sean is quiet, timid, and stuck in a rut in his marriage to Julia (Joely Richardson). Christian is a narcissistic, womanizing, shallow, and carefree bachelor. The super-talented Roma Maffia plays anesthesiologist Liz Cruz, always at odds with arrogant Christian.

In Season One, the character plots introduce us to Kimber Henry (played by model-beautiful Kelly Carlson) as one of Christian's conquests. Kimber becomes part of the regular cast. The clinic hires psychiatric consultant Grace Santiago (Valerie Cruz). The doctors find themselves involved chest deep with a vicious drug lord who begins to use their practice for smuggling heroin inside breast implants, Sean has to come to grips with a transsexual patient, and Julia fights off her desire to reunite with Christian after all these years. Matt McNamara (John Hensley), Sean and Julia's teenage son, gets high with a friend and runs down a young girl with their car. The clinic's most notorious patient, Mrs. Grubman, receives free surgery for life because Sean leaves a cauterizing tip in her abdomen. Matt wants Sean and Christian to operate on her though her religious mother refuses. Dr. Bobolit's practice is running McNamara/Troy into the ground, and Christian trades Kimber for Bobolit's Lamborghini. Christian's one night stand with witchy Gina Russo (Jessalyn Gilsig) evolves into fatherhood, but there's a surprise in the delivery room. Sean has an affair with a patient, and this is just skimming the surface of the plotlines.

My favorite character in Season One would have to be Escobar Gallardo, the brutal, tattooed drug lord who inadvertently teaches Sean how to get in touch with his violent, masculine side. The ending of Season One is a great blow out episode with Escobar.

Some of the surgeries performed to tricked out music are face-lifts, boobjobs, liposuction, botox shots, and a hilarious scene where Sean's cadaver head during his board exam starts talking to him.

All said, Nip/Tuck is a slick, glitzy soap opera with bloody surgeries and very adult $exual themes. Just what the doctor ordered. Don't miss out on the extras either, which include a segment on how they achieved their realistic FX, and a funny outtakes clip called "Severed Parts". Enjoy!
Hazelnut447Reviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
Binge Worthy!!!!
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Twisted, racy, and entertaining. Nip Tuck is a great series. Each episode features a new client seeking out a little nip here and a tuck there. I actually found myself looking up some of the procedures they were doing! Even though each episode introduces a 1 time character in most cases, there is a very deep story line that evolves through the main players in the series. The acting is amazing and you will find you have those characters you love to hate and ones that you connect to. Even though the events in each episode are different, this is something that you do have to watch in sequence of else you will get lost. Happy binging!
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SusanReviewed in the United States on September 5, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Get ready for the ride!
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Get ready for the ride! Nip/Tuck is one of those shows that is addictive. Very racy even by todays standards. Definitely not a show to be viewed by anyone under 18.
Not only is the show way hot, but the characters will draw you in. The story line is very complex. You will become involved in these Doctor's lives. They are involved in far-fetched plastic surgeries, steamy love affairs, wild sexual encounters, and even the drug underworld. Their families are just as bizarre. Son, Matt, is a young man who is "learning" about life from all the wrong mentors. Sean's wife, Jewels, tries to do the best she can as a parent but her longing for love takes her places she should not go. Christian lets his nether regions control his life. That being said, he gets into all kinds of trouble.
Simply a good series.
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Javier LopezReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Simply great.
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When Nip/Tuck was released, it didn't really called my attetion but now, 3 years after it was released I gave it a shoot and bought this DVD from the first season and I'm very glad I did.

The series are about the life of two of the best plastic surgeons in Miami, who underneath prefection and luxury hide secrets and drama. Sean McNamara played by Dylan Walsh has a partner, Christian troy (Julian McHahom) and even though he seems to have the perfect life. Being a successful surgeon including a wife and two kids, he's depressed and doesn't feel good about himself, his marriage is almost destroyed and his relationship with his partner isn't the best. On the other side there's Christian who happends to be the opposite. He's single, dates the best girls in Miami, lives life freshly and in a way he has the driving wheel of his clinic next to Sean. Everything goes fine for Christian and Sean at work until one day they have the visit of a undergrounded personage who is going to give them lots of problems. This is so serious that they even get one step from going bankruptcy. On the love field, while Sean is trying to safe his marriage, his wife and Christian have some encounters, Christian gets involved in problems with two girls...anyway it's impossible to even blink your eyes because everything goes from interesting to much more interesting while you go through other episodes.

The stories are very good, the actors are flawless, the speacial effects are one of the best from the series nowadays but the only defect about this show is that the locations are poor, the producers should've concentrated more on locations beacuse Christian's appartment and Sean's house aren't nice at all and you don't get to see anything from Miami because I even think that they shoot in Miami. It would've been great if they gave footages from Miami as they do on CSI Miami, buy well the episodes are so good that this goes to a second level.

This DVD edition includes some interesting speacial features including the making of 3 documentaries showing how cast and creators work, some deleted scenes, a music video from the theme "A perfect lie", subtitles in English, Sapanish and French among other special features.
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SoromaReviewed in the United States on April 7, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anti-TV Snob becomes hypocrite
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I don't watch television; I consider it a waste of time for the most part. However, one of my coworkers lent me the first season after I expressed an interest in plastic surgury. Was I in for a suprise...I could not stop watching this series! The acting is incredible, the plot keeps twisting, and each of the charaters are so complex. I love that sometimes the characters are wise and sometimes they're misguided; no one is just a sinner or a saint. The issues the show deals with: body image, self hatred, aging, honesty and trust, are so compelling that I stayed up until 2:30am watching the DVDs! One thing: it's very racy (I was surprised that it's allowed on basic cable!), so if you're averse to sexy scenes, it might not be the series for you. However, I always thought that it was appropriate in the context, and there's no "explicit parts" shown. All in all, I think it's a great show, and I can't wait to see the second season!
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Brandon WigginsReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
Honestly, this is one of the most entertaining shows I've ever seen...
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I am a fan of television and am always on the lookout for a new show that will be worth watching. Unfortunately for network TV, this type of programming is near to non-existent. Enter---FX, the savior of TV as far as I'm concerned.

I'de watched Nip/Tuck ads for almost a year a half and never really paid attention until a couple of weeks ago. After the season finale of 'Rescue Me'(another phenomenal show), I suddenly had nothing to fill the void. So, I decided to check out the show that filled that now vacant time spot. I watched my first episode of Nip/Tuck--- and the rest is history.

Season 1 is a truly beautiful demonstration of well written stories, intriguing characters, unexpected twists, and all in all---great drama. The characters are well acted and believable. The stories are complex, but not unrealistically ridiculous. The dialogue is truthful and heartfelt. And the visuals compliment the dynamic selection of diversly wonderful music the show brings with each new episode perfectly.

Basically, if your not out to destroy TV (that PTC seriously needs to chill out)and you can handle a little blood (surgeries look REAL--be cautioned), then this is a show I think anyone can enjoy
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