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The show which Ryan Murphy created before Glee, do not expect any similarities!
Member Name: cerys82
Advantages: used to be quite entertaining in its sheer ridiculousness
Disadvantages: nasty, shallow, misogynistic, cruel
Nip/Tuck has run for 7 series, recently ceasing production in the States after 100 episodes - being shown from 2003 to 2010. It has been shown on a variety of channels but now resides on digital channel FX which shows new series and repeats of older ones.
The series follows the trials and tribulations of two highly respected and wealthy plastic surgeons - Christian Troy and Sean McNamara who run a practice in the glossy whitewashed settings of Miami. Sean is seemingly happily married with two children to Julia whereas Christian is almost endlessly promiscuous and is not afraid to inform his casual bed partners of how he could improve their looks. As a business their key slogan is to ask prospective clients - "What don't you like about yourself".
The series follows the two protagonists endlessly complicated love lives, but derives most of its attention due to its clients and the ever more mentally unstable and extreme the operations that they ask for are. Over the series it has featured subject matter including but not exclusive to the following - serial killers, obesity, transgender issues, paternity, organised crime, drugs, disfigurement Scientology, incest, cannibalism, cancer, sex addiction, psychosis, reality TV, disability...the list goes on.
This is a show that goes for the shock factor, in fact I would go so far as to say that it is perhaps the most shocking and extreme mainstream produced TV programme around. A fact only highlighted by the sheer glossiness of the programme. The fact that it does not get more attention must be due to the fact that it has been relegated to a digital channel. Put it this way, the negative attention that True Blood got because of its extreme nature from certain sectors of the press would pale in comparison to how this programme is perceived if it was widely watched.
It is not just that the sex, violence, gore and other profanity is extreme, it is also the way it is handled which is where my issues with my programme lie. I used to be quite a fan of the series, it's flashy but it was enjoyable in that it was quite well acted and half of the appeal was in watching it lurch from one ridiculous situation to another. That said, I spent a lot of the time looking away from the screen, particularly during the frequent and realistic surgery scenes. There was always a really good element of black comedy, particularly in the use of inappropriate music during the aforementioned surgeries.
However, over the last couple of series I had begun to suspect a certain degree of misogyny in the show which had started to make me feel very uncomfortable, particularly when it came to the sexual politics and consequences for the women being far more dire than for the male protagonists despite some pretty despicable behaviour. This was confirmed to me in a recent storyline featuring both male and female breast cancer which was unsympathetic and ultimately wholly insensitive and completely sick and salacious in tone and content. It was this point that I finished watching the show and decided never to watch it again.
I am glad that this series is ending as I feel that it has no merit as a piece of entertainment or as a thinly veiled attack on the superficiality of the plastic surgery and beauty industry. I added this programme as a suggestion and now wish that I had not as I do not wish to promote it in any way than to point out its heinous flaws.
Summary: Not recommended