Nip/Tuck is an American serial 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 the patient(s) 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 killer 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. While the show was 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".
|Created by||Ryan Murphy|
|Opening theme||"A Perfect Lie" by The Engine Room|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||100 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ryan Murphy|
Michael M. Robin
|Production location(s)||Miami, Florida (seasons 1–4, settimg only)|
Hollywood, California (seasons 5–6)
|Running time||42–70 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Hands Down Entertainment|
Stu Segall Productions
Ryan Murphy Productions
The Shephard-Robin Company
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||July 22, 2003 –|
March 3, 2010
|Related shows||Mentiras perfectas|
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 he 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; he is often found having to fix some of 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 3-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.
|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|
|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|
|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||???||2.41||???||???|
|5th – Part II||January 6, 2009||3.1||2.4||March 3, 2009||3.8||2.4||?||?|
|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, 2-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," 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.
|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||
The Carver is a fictional character on the television show Nip/Tuck. Introduced during the second season, he became the primary antagonist of the third season.Christian Troy
Dr. Christian Troy is a fictional character played by Julian McMahon on the FX Networks series Nip/Tuck. The show revolves around McNamara/Troy, the plastic surgery practice he runs with his business partner and best friend, Sean McNamara.James S. Levine
James Scott Levine (born 1974) is a composer and member of Remote Control Productions. He has won seven BMI awards and seven ASCAP awards. His credits include the films Running with Scissors, Delta Farce, and The Weather Man, and the television shows Nip/Tuck, Glee, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, and American Horror Story. He has also provided additional music for films such as Madagascar, Pearl Harbor, and Something's Gotta Give.Julian McMahon
Julian Dana William McMahon (born 27 July 1968) is an Australian actor and model, and the son of a former Prime Minister of Australia, Sir William McMahon.
McMahon won recognition for his roles in television dramas, in portrayals of Ben Lucini in the Australian soap opera Home and Away (1989–91), as Cole Turner in the American supernatural drama Charmed (2000–03), and Christian Troy in the American medical drama Nip/Tuck (2003–10). He also appeared in films with leading and supporting roles, such as Chasing Sleep (2000) alongside Jeff Daniels, Doctor Doom in the Fantastic Four franchise (2005 and 2007), Premonition (2007) starring alongside Sandra Bullock, Red (2010) alongside Bruce Willis, and Bait (2012) alongside Dan Wyllie and Xavier Samuel.
McMahon's work in television, particularly with Nip/Tuck and Charmed garnered him more success. The former series won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. McMahon played the lead role in Nip/Tuck, alongside Dylan Walsh throughout the entire series' run.List of Nip/Tuck cast members
This is a list of actors who have appeared on the television series Nip/Tuck, no matter how large or small the role.List of Nip/Tuck characters
This is a list of characters in the American television medical drama series Nip/Tuck. For full character details and histories, see the articles for each character.List of Nip/Tuck episodes
Nip/Tuck is an American medical drama created by Ryan Murphy, which aired on FX in the United States between 2003 and 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", a plastic surgery practice, and follows its founders, Dr. Sean McNamara and Dr. Christian Troy (portrayed by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon respectively). Each episode typically involves the cosmetic procedures of one or more patients, and also features the personal and professional lives of its main cast.
The show began in the Summer of 2003, and concluded with the sixth season in Spring 2010. While the show was initially set in Miami, at the end of the fourth season the practice was relocated to Los Angeles and many of the characters have followed. 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.
The series ran for 100 episodes, concluding with the series finale on March 3, 2010. With the exception of the pilot, each episode is named after the character(s) that are scheduled to have plastic surgery.Liz Cruz (Nip/Tuck)
Dr. Elizabeth Cruz (formerly Troy) is a fictional character in the American television series Nip/Tuck, and is portrayed by Roma Maffia.Marlowe Sawyer
Marlowe Sawyer is a fictional character in the television series Nip/Tuck. Marlowe Sawyer is portrayed by Peter Dinklage in the television series.Mentiras perfectas
Mentiras perfectas is a drama television series that premiered on Caracol Televisión on October 28, 2013, and concluded on January 24, 2014. Created by Caracol Televisión in co-production with Warner Bros. Entertainment and Teleamazonas. The series is based on the American drama Nip/Tuck created by Ryan Murphy, and it stars Carolina Gómez, Emmanuel Esparza and Michel Brown.Nip/Tuck (season 1)
The first season of Nip/Tuck premiered on July 23, 2003 and concluded on October 21, 2003. It consisted of 13 episodes.Nip/Tuck (season 2)
The second season of Nip/Tuck premiered on June 22, 2004 and concluded on October 5, 2004. It consisted of 16 episodes.Nip/Tuck (season 3)
The third season of Nip/Tuck premiered on September 20, 2005 and concluded on December 20, 2005. It consisted of 15 episodes.Nip/Tuck (season 4)
The fourth season of Nip/Tuck premiered on September 9, 2006 and concluded on December 12, 2006. It consisted of 15 episodes.Nip/Tuck (season 5)
The fifth season of Nip/Tuck premiered on October 30, 2007 and concluded on March 3, 2009. The unusually lengthy interval, for an American series, was a direct result of the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike. The season consisted of 22 episodes.Nip/Tuck (season 6)
The sixth and final season of Nip/Tuck premiered on October 14, 2009 and concluded on March 3, 2010. Though a seventh season was originally set to air in 2011, the remaining nine episodes were merged into the sixth season.Ryan Murphy (writer)
Ryan Patrick Murphy (born November 9, 1965) is an American screenwriter, director, and producer. Murphy is best known for creating/co-creating/producing a number of successful television series, including the FX medical drama Nip/Tuck (2003–10), the Fox musical comedy-drama Glee (2009–15), the FX anthology series American Horror Story (2011–present), American Crime Story (2016–present), and Feud (2017–present), and the Fox procedural drama 9-1-1 (2018–present). He is also known for directing the 2010 film adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Love and the 2014 HBO film adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, which earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie.Sean McNamara (Nip/Tuck)
Dr. Sean McNamara is a fictional character on FX Networks' drama series Nip/Tuck, portrayed by Dylan Walsh. His character opens the show with the trademark catchphrase, "Tell me what you don't like about yourself." His partner, Christian Troy, has been his best friend since attending college together at the University of Miami, which is partly why they went into business together. Sean is portrayed as the more skilled, yet more troubled surgeon, who apparently specializes in craniofacial surgery. He is often plagued by family distresses involving his wife Julia and son Matt. The two also have a daughter, Annie, and a newborn son named Conor.
Awards for Nip/Tuck