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Nip Tuck is a television series about two doctors that are best friends and run a plastic surgery clinic in miami.
Sean McNamara who is married and has two kids a son Matt and a daughter Annie. Christian Troy is single and loves to mingle with the ladies. Sean's wife Julia goes through a lot in the show she has a miscarriage, gets sick of being a housewife, goes back to school etc. It seems like she goes through a mid-life crisis from my point of view.
My favourite character is Christian Troy because I think he is funny, sexy, unpredictable and just everything that I love to see on a show. I think he plays his character very well.
The First episode starts off with a whole lot of drama to kick of the series. Christian and Shawn fall out and almost end up quitting the business and setting up their own company seperatly. When a criminal named Escobar Punishes them for operating on a pedofile that molested his daughter they end up killing the pedofile and feeding him to a crocodile. This gives Escobar a hold over them and he apears throughout the first series causing them a hell of alot of trouble. I found this storyline addictive and it really wasn't predictable what was going to happen that's what made it better to watch.
This bring the best friends back together and the agree to stick together and stop being petty.
Throughout the series you see a number of operations that look very realistic. There are also alot of sub-plots with the patients.
lots of sex and scandal
My favourite issue addressed in the series is sex change because I think they have a good actor that plays this part and put across the feelings of a transsexual really well it let me understand what they go through much more than I did before.
Issues in the show im not to keen on was when Sean's son Matt and his friend run over a classmate and drive off. I think this storyline was way to predictable for my liking. When they ran over the girl it was almost certain that one would go mad because of it and one would keep it cool its so common in shows it happens to much on TV when someone commits and hides a crime.
Patients come to the clinic and have a consultation with the two best friends they decide weather they will operate on them or not. The operations are shown fully looking realistic with blood and gore to me they seem as if they are real and its like your actually watching a surgery.. The operations they do are everything you can think of with all types of insecurities shown, that's one of the best thing about the show I love.
Each episode runs for about 45-50 minuites. There are 3 discs featuring 13 episodes. My personal favourite disc is disc one because that's where the series worm up a gets you to fall in love with the series. Each episode seems like it over so quick and I just want to watch more when one is done. Most episodes end on cliff hangers so I end up eager to watch the next episode.
The DVD is really cheap on Amazon you can get it for 6-10 pounds. Its definitely worth a look.
This is not suitable for young viewers as there is alot of sex scenes. Also there is quite alot of swearing, scandal and mature themes.
Nip Tuck Series 1
When I was idly searching around love film looking for some inspiration to pad out our list with a few more film titles, I stumbled across the first season of Nip Tuck, an American show that first aired in 2003. It sounded interesting, plastic surgeons, drug dealers, murder, blackmail and a whole bunch of other sordid dealings. It's hard to sum up concisely what this show is mainly about as there is so much going on from family relationships, to the dynamics of starting a fledgling business with your best friend, to making a lot of bad decisions and getting involved with the type of people you wouldn't want to meet on a dark alley at night.
The characters are likeable, which considering some of their actions is no easy matter. There are the two main characters of Christian, the absolute womaniser who sleeps with women without even getting a full name and then just as easily discards them all together from his life. Along with his best friend and much more respectable plastic surgeon partner Sean, who is a married family man with a life that hasn't made him happy in a long time. Sean's wife Julia, also plays a big part as she struggles with her role in their marriage and has deep seeded regrets about how her life could have turned out differently if she hadn't started a family with Sean so early. There are also a whole host of more minor characters that are great, Sean's son Matt who after his father denies him surgery tries to take matter in his own hands. Liz the anaesthetist who struggles with the morals of the career she works in and often vocally disapproves of Sean and Christians more money grubbing business solutions. All the characters from the more central ones to the minor roles are played brilliantly and they are an interesting bunch to say the very least.
Sean and Christian are in the business of transforming people's lives through surgical means, however, the consequences of some of their less moralistic and more money grubby ways often lead them into a whole seedy world of drugs and murder. This is a great programme as it takes a look at what people don't like about themselves but also the underlying problems some people might have because of this or due to this.
Most of the episodes begin with new clients coming into the office and being asked...'so what do you not like about yourself?' Personally I really like this type of consistency and it often re-centres the programme back to the plastic surgery.
There are thirteen episodes in season 1 and all of them were really good. To my memory I don't once remember sitting there and thinking that I was watching a filler episode. In fact there is so much going on that each episode is a whirl wind of activity. Each episode is around 40 minutes long and I can watch an entire disc in one sitting, which is high praise from me as I don't usually have much attention for TV.
We have added season two to our rental list and I am already eagerly awaiting its arrival and getting started. I really like this programme, I doubt it is for everyone as there are some graphic scenes of cosmetic medical procedures and a few sex scenes, so this is definitely one for the grownups.
This is also a great programme because it is something that both my husband and I have enjoyed watching, unlike some other shows that maybe leans towards one gender group this is something we both have had entertainment from.
I am going to give this a well earned five out of five stars, I have really enjoyed this programme and I am looking forward to getting started on season two. I can't wait to find out where this show will go next with its often farfetched plot lines. I really would recommend watching this as I have been hooked from the first ten minutes. In my opinion, this is a great entertaining television programme.
***NIP/TUCK FIRST SEASON***
Christian and Sean are hotshot Miami plastic surgeons who are themselves in a mid-life crisis, as they confront family, career and romance problems. This series contains cutting-edge stories as you follow them through their lives working on patients and struggling to cope with their own lives. In this series you will find humour, suspense and powerful scenes with graphically bold surgery scenes. There is a lot of drug and sex use in the series and this mainly follows from the plastic surgeon Julian, who is always on the look-out for young, attractive females. The first episode starts with plenty of action when Christian accepts drug money in order to give a mobster a new face, how-ever it puts the doctors partnership with Sean in jeopardy and leaves their lives in peril. The series continues to tell you stories about different people who go to Christian and Sean to have plastic surgery for different reasons. Through-out the whole box set there is action, strong medical gore, drug use and sex scenes.
* Sean McNamara - Is a plastic surgeon who is best friends with Christian whom he has known since college. Sean seems like a more skilled surgeon who takes other patients feelings and emotions on board. How-ever Sean is often plagued by family problems involving his wife (Julia) and their son (Matt).
* Christian Troy - Runs the business with Sean and his charater is known as a womaniser, who drives flashy cars, wears expensive, designer suits and frequently visits the local nightclubs. How-ever through-out the series you will learn that Christian does have a vunerable side to him.
* Julia McNamara - Is married to Sean and is no longer satisfied with their marriage. Julia wants to return to college to study as a doctor and she soon meets someone who is attracted to her and she uses this to make Sean jealous.
* Matt McNamara - Is Julia & Sean's son although his biological father is actually Christian. Season one will explain the trouble's Matt is facing with his new girlfriend and why he wants Sean and Christian to perform surgery on him.
* Liz Cruz - Works at the surgery with Sean & Christian. She is a strong willed woman and bonds with one of their patients whom she falls in love with.
***THE DVD BOXT SET***
There are a total of 5 discs in the box set which takes you up to episode 13. On the last disc there is also special features which includes the following:
3 Penetrating Documentaries:
* Giving drama a face lift
* Realistic expectations: The practise of plastic surgery
* Are they real or fake?: The miraculous make-up effects on nip/tuck
* Severed parts gag reel
* Cutting edge room floor deleted scenes
* A perfect lie music video
The box set is aged 18 as it contains strong medical gore, drug use and sex scenes.
Each episode is approx 45mins long.
I purchased this from www.amazon.co.uk and it cost me £9.93 which came with free delivery. You can also buy this from www.hmv.com for the same price which also includes free delivery as well. It's just a few pence more expensive to buy on www.play.com at £9.99, but this includes free delivery.
I really enjoyed watching this DVD box set and following the doctors whilst they struggle to deal with their own lives. There is lots of strong medical gore which often made me cringe and sometimes I even had to look away from the television. There is also a lot of drug and sex use so if any is easily offended by any of these things that i wouldn't advise you to watch it. This series definitely had me gripped the whole way through and I will be defiantly purchasing the other box set's to go with this one. Although this show is full or gore, strong sex and drug use I thought it was gripping and I really enjoyed it. It also brings to reality about how some procedures are done and why people often turn to plastic surgery in the first place.
Set in Miami, USA Nip/Tuck follows the lives, loves and work of two plastic surgeons, each with very different personalities yet lifelong friends and colleagues. First is Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) who fits the stereotypical view of an egocentric man to a tee, with his many lovers, disrespecting attitude to women and a god complex when it comes to performing surgery. However, don't let the fact that he is a stereotype cloud your view of McMahon's performance, as throughout Nip/Tuck he gives an outstanding performance that is consistently brilliant and realistic. The second surgeon is Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) who is the brains behind the partnership, as well as being the vastly most skilful of the pair. Like McMahon, Walsh gives an outstanding emotional performance throughout the series, with the characters development being superb and believable. Together they make McNamara/Troy, one of Miami's top plastic surgeries.
Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) - As the less talented member of the partnership, Troy makes up for his lack of skill by generally sleeping with every woman that he lays hands on. Of course as a plastic surgeon he has an unbelievably powerful card to play to seduce women...free surgeries!
Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) - Dylan Walsh gives a spectacular performance as Dr McNamara who has a wife and two children. However his family life is rather rocky and McNamara finds himself trapped between his professional and family life.
Matt McNamara (John Hensley) - Hensley plays Sean and Julia's son and oldest child, and an extremely troubled and unattached teenager.
Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson) - Richardson plays Sean McNamara's long suffering wife who is fed up with her role as a home-wife and is bitter after dropping out of medical school to raise the children.
Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia) - The long standing anaesthesiologist for McNamara/Troy and a 40-something lesbian. She is often the voice of reason within the operating room and the office, and has a recurring relationship with Christian which sees them continuous at each other's throats.
Kimber Henry (Kelly Carlson) - She plays Christian's on/off girlfriend and is one of the most recognised porn stars in the USA. Kimber suffers from incredibly low self-esteem, has a narcissistic attitude and is incredibly self conscious about her looks.
Gina Russo (Jessalyn Gilsig) - Gina is the incredibly bitter sex addict that sleeps with Christian, only to become pregnant. She has a volatile relationship with Troy and refers to him as "asshole" instead of using his actual name.
Nip/Tuck features an inordinate amount of sex scenes, with several in particular causing controversies amongst many different public groups. As I don't want to ruin any of the, in my opinion, brilliant storylines I won't reveal any of the scenes that cause controversy.
Nip/Tuck is a fantastic show to watch. It has spectacularly complex and twisting storylines that combine with good performances from the cast, making for compelling viewing. I've now watched every episode through to the end of the fifth series and I would have to say that it is one of the greatest shows that I've seen. Even though I'm certainly not an advocate for plastic surgery, the way that each surgery is shown is incredibly compelling to watch, even though it is incredibly disgusting at times. Nip/Tuck is also not completely about vanity and having unnecessary plastic surgery but instead details and documents the trauma's and disabilities that some people have and the problems that they have to deal with. The show remains sympathetic to these people and sheds them in a light that makes you truly understand how difficult it must be to live under those conditions.
The show has completely trapped me and I often found myself desperate to see the next episode just so that I can know what on earth just happened. It is show guaranteed to appeal to the large majority of women aged 18-39, especially for its inclusion of McMahon who is has an amazing amount of sex appeal as my wonderful girlfriend keeps telling me.
Nip/Tuck is a medical show with a difference. Unlike Casualty, The Flying Doctors and all the other medical dramas we are accustomed to seeing this is a very different look at the medical profession. Definitely not family viewing, thus why it got a late slot on channel 4 when it was shown here, this show is still drawing in viewers now who eagerly await the final season of the violent and sex-filled show.
What Is Nip/Tuck About?
Nip/Tuck follows the lives of two plastic surgeons who own a clinic in Miami, Florida called McNamara/Troy after its founders. The two surgeons have various different personal problems which quite often affect or get in the way of their work, with sometimes worrying results. Each episode focuses on one main patient who has come into the clinic and becomes the title of that episode. Far from just being about botox and boob jobs, there's a wide range of surgeries performed and for many different and sometimes heart-warming reasons.
Who Is In It?
As this is primarily set in a clinic there are characters coming and going throughout every episode so here the focus will be on the doctors and those outside of the clinic.
Dr. Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh): One half of our duo of doctors, Sean is so tightly wound it's a wonder he doesn't explode into orbit. He's bored with his life, which consists of work and going home to his family and is suffering from a mid-life crisis. Oh woe is me, a wife, kids, huge house, nice car and a big balance. It is sometimes hard to feel bad for Sean but once the character grows on you you'll feel a lot more sympathy for him. In the midst of his marriage breakdown he gets his heart broken by a patient and has to make a big decision to put her happiness first.
Dr. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon): The other half of the clinic comes in the form of the dashing sex addict Christian Troy, he and Sean have known each other since college and are like brothers to one another. Christian does have feelings, but he keeps them so deeply buried that he seems cold to most who meet him. He's not well liked by his ex's that he has loved and left usually within a night and in all honesty needs to grow up because the playboy lifestyle will only work for so long. His past has played a huge part in who and what he is now and when that is uncovered his character makes perfect sense and you will feel so awful for him.
Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson): Married to Sean and also went to the same college as him and Troy, she gave up all of her dreams in medicine when she found out she was pregnant with Matt, then along came daughter Annie and her only role in life became being a mother and supportive wife to the man who was living out her dream. She resents how much she's given up for her husband and children and desperately wants to get back into medicine, all of which causes extra tension in an already warring house. Maybe she married the wrong man at college?
Matt and Annie McNamara (John Hensley and Kelsey Batelaan): Sean and Julia's two children. Matt is a troubled teen that seems to have a knack of getting into trouble whilst Annie is the quiet and very observant younger child who sees what is going on with her parents.
Liz Cruz (Roma Maffia): Funny and witty, anesthesiologistLiz is always on hand to make Sean stop worrying, yell at Christian for sleeping with yet another woman and pretty much make sure the clinic doesn't collapse in all the madness. She is the rock of the clinic and when she isn't running around after the doctors she is trying to fix her troubled love-life. If only the woman of her dreams would come along and they could live happily ever after.
Escobar Gallardo (Robert LaSardo): Escobar is a Miami drug lord who after seeing something the doctors did that wasn't very professional, blackmails them into giving him huge amounts of their weekly takings and any operations he wants for anyone. He threatens not only Christian and Sean, but also Sean's family - which may seem like a harmless thing to do to the weak-willed doctor but Escobar finally makes our moralistic medic snap and seek revenge.
Dr. Merrill Bobolit (Joey Slotnick): A fellow student from the same medical school as Troy and McNamara, but unlike the dynamic duo Merrill wasn't exactly top of the class. He does however make a lot of money at his practice, he's even more well-known than the McNamara/Troy clinic and has billboards bearing his face scattered around Miami. The reason for this is that he has absolutely no scruples and will operate on anyone who wants surgery without counselling them against it or telling them to look at other options. He's just in it for the money.
In this first season there are 13 episodes at about 60 minutes long each. These were aired in a post-10pm slot in the UK on channel 4 due to the violence, scenes of surgery and explicit sex.
McNamara/Troy: A mobster turns up offering to pay a ridiculously huge sum of money to the two surgeons if they give him a new face. Christian decides to accept the money and angers Sean whilst putting them both in grave danger. At home things aren't any better for Sean, his marriage is in tatters and he's going head-long into a mid-life crisis.
Mandi/Randi: Twins come into the clinic both wanting surgery to make them look different, but will this backfire? Sean tries to flirt with Grace but she flatly rejects him, (Not a great start to his attempt to live like a single man) but accepts an offer of a job at the clinic. Christian is having naughty thoughts about someone close to him and Matt, worried about what his girlfriend thinks of a certain part of him, decides to tackle it with a bottle of vodka and some nail scissors.
Nanette Babcock: Julia and Sean have to have a serious talk with Matt after they discover what he has done. A potential patient is ruled out of having surgery when she is found to not be as mentally stable as she thinks whilst Christian offers "favours" to a rich widow who plans to file a malpractice suit against the clinic after Sean forgets to make sure he's got all of his surgical tools on the tray when closing up.
Sophia Lopez: Christian has a cunning plan that doesn't impress Sean; he wants to make the clinic the number one choice for porn stars seeking surgery with the help of surgeon Merrill Bobolit. Sean meets transsexual Sophia Lopez, who has ended up with problems following a botched backroom surgery.
Kurt Dempsey: A man in love comes to the clinic wanting the duo to make his eyes look Asian, sounds mad on paper but he has a very sweet reason for wanting it. Christian decides to try and deal with his addiction to sex, which ends up in a rather unhelpful place with fellow sex-addict Gina, and Julia finds out she is pregnant which is a light to the touch paper of her fraught relationship with Sean.
Megan O'Hara: Both doctors are being naughty boys today as they carry on inappropriate relationships with patients. Someone is upset with Christian and is getting back at him in a public way. Matt finds himself in a guy's complete fantasy but when you are more in the way than anything else it turns out it isn't quite as sexy as the idea seems.
Cliff Mantegna: In helping his sex addiction Christian goes to a very private swinger's party - great idea no? Whilst at Sean's house news of his son Matt's threesome becomes a very uncomfortable and hilarious intervention with all three families meeting under one roof to discuss it. Julia also makes a handsome young friend in Jude when studying, but what will Sean make of it when he finds out?
Cara Fitzgerald: Matt seems to think that visiting the girl he is responsible for almost killing makes up for what he did whilst Grace thinks that Sean may be carrying on a relationship with Megan O'Hara. The doctor's make a huge mistake when they remove an incriminating birthmark from a priest, leading to a dangerous face-off in a church and uncovering a lot about Christian's traumatic childhood and why he is the way he is.
Sophia Lopez II: Love is in the air for Sophia and a member of the clinic, giving Sophia doubts about the gender reassignment surgery that is shortly scheduled. Bartering is apparently back in with Christian trading Kimber, his on/off girlfriend for fellow surgeon (and downright cretin) Merrill Bobolit's rare Lamborghini. If ever you needed a reason to stay single girls...but don't worry, Kimber has some vengeful payback plans up her sleeve that involves handcuffs and a lipstick.
Adelle Coffin: During his recertification exam Sean starts feeling the pressure as the cadaver head he is working on comes to life and won't shut up about his dying lover Megan's urge to commit suicide. Will he manage to get recertified or will Christian be working on his own for a while? And will dying Megan get the release from pain that she wants so badly? Make sure you've got the Kleenex handy in this heartbreaking but beautiful episode.
Montana/Sassy/Justice: In an interesting episode that makes you question ethics the male persona of a woman's multiple personalities forcefully demands an operation for one of the other personalities. And Christian's life changes as Gina tells him that he's going to be a father. The girl that Matt nearly killed returns to school apparently unaware that he was the driver that hit her and an awkward love triangle forms between her, Matt and his friend Henry who was also in the car.
Antonia Ramos: The doctors are blackmailed by Escobar, who has been keeping a big secret for them. They are now stuck doing his bidding, removing heroin-filled breast implants from Escobar's naive drug mules who think they are on the road to stardom in Hollywood. Lovable and wise transsexual Sophia is in turn befriended by Julia and shunned by every other woman at the local gym and Christian's bank account, already low from the payments he and Sean are having to make to Escobar, is getting dangerously low coping with pregnant Gina's demands.
Escobar Gallardo: Is the cosmetic clinic turning into a veterinary clinic? Well that's what one man seems to think as he offers to pay obscene money for a cosmetic procedure on his show dog. Talking of dogs, after trying to force the doctors to move into organ harvesting for him he gives them another option - he wants a brand new face. Escobar is given a new face by Sean, though Escobar will not be having the last laugh in this climatic finale to the first series.
Why Should You Watch Nip/Tuck?
If you prefer your drama more adult themed than some of the popular British fare and have a strong stomach then this is a show that could be a winner. Nip/Tuck is a very well-written show that deals with ethical and moral dilemmas alongside more odd moments that show you just how different we all are - as soon as Sean and Christian ask the patient "Tell me what you don't like about yourself" you see how no matter how beautiful we may think a person is, if there is something they don't like (and in this show they tend to have a very good reason for their dislikes) they feel desperately ugly. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder.
This has a mixture of characters you will love or hate - or in the case of Christian love AND hate. This is another show where they picked actors based on talent rather than how big their name was already and this shows that you don't have to be well-known to be arresting in your performance.
The soundtrack features big names played on the theatres stereo during operations, and more often than not the songs picked are brilliantly telling about either the patient under the knife or the feelings of the doctors at the time. Using big name songs in this way is rather fun as it's a very different way to bring music into a show - the rest of the time you won't notice the music that may be playing in the background of a shot.
Of course being set in Miami the people you see on screen are for the most part annoyingly beautiful, not something to watch when you're having a bad day as you will feel worse about your appearance seeing all of these gorgeous toned bodies on screen.
This is rated as an 18 certificate and definitely isn't recommended viewing for anyone under that age. I also, as with True Blood, wouldn't recommend this for watching with parents and certainly do not have this on if there's any chance your friendly neighbourhood vicar. Aside from the very graphic surgical scenes where you will see a lot more of the patients than you will probably care to there is also a lot of violence, drugs and bad language.
And oh did I forget that sometimes Nip/Tuck is more soft core pornography than medical drama? Yes, you will see a lot of sex - and not just the usual either, threesomes, orgies and more are shown here. This is an explicitly sexual show and though it is woven into the storyline and isn't just there for the sake of it this does mean that it is not suitable for anyone under 18.
This was a favourite show of mine back when it first aired, and though I haven't caught up with the last two seasons yet still has pride of place in my DVD collection. I love medical dramas, and when this was shown it was just such a shock to see such a grown up take on the genre where they didn't censor anything from the viewer. In many shows the surgery scenes are kept to a minimum and when you do see what they are doing it quite often looks very fake. This wasn't like that and you feel like you have an all access pass to the O.R. That means it's not the best thing to watch whilst eating a meal but it is thoroughly engrossing and engaging when you do watch. It is truly fascinating to see surgery in that much depth, and much of the time you get to see the patients afterwards when they get their check-up giving you closure on that character and their story.
Though not a huge fan of plastic surgery watching this showed that people don't just want surgery to look pretty. Many do and in this they seek out alternative doctors such as Bobolit who is more than happy to oblige. But Sean and Christian take on cases that aren't based solely on attaining the perfect body that the magazines push, these patients have deeper reasons for the surgeries they want and it shatters the myth that the only people that want surgery are shallow and vain. Most of the patients in Nip/Tuck are anything but vain, they just need help.
Nip/Tuck sucked me in from the first episode and since then I have watched the exploits of doctors and patients at this clinic with great interest. Yes sometimes I have to watch surgery scenes through my hands because they are so horrific, or cringe as Christian has very energetic sex with another woman in some mad position. But they are integral parts of a very complex show and it wouldn't be the same without these moments. I've laughed and cried whilst rewatching this first season again and probably will again next time it's watched. If you are looking for a new medical fix since the end of ER and aren't squeamish, try Nip/Tuck - more gorgeous people saving lives, just in different ways.
Let me start by saying that this show is not for everyone. Its nothing like shows such as Grey's Anatomy or ER etc. What you have here is a show which revolves around the personal and professional lives of two male plastic surgeons who have their own business practice together and live in Miami Florida. The show itself is brilliantly written and gets your attention all the way through. Be warned however that the show is very graphical in violence and sexual content as well as the surgeries themselves.
The two plastic surgeons are called Sean McNamara and Christian Troy and together run their business named McNamara/Troy. The 2 characters are complete opposites yet work together brilliantly.
Sean McNamara is a typical family man who is very well educated and takes his job seriously. He plays a rather weak character in some early episodes but comes into his own as time passes by. He has 2 children and a wife named Julia who we learn also studied to be a plastic surgeon but put her career on hold to raise her children and be a housewife. Sean's eldest child Matt is going through some serious things that his parents wouldn't believe such as threesomes, drugs, car crashes, porn stars etc.
Christian Troy on the other is the complete opposite. He is good looking, verbal, educated to a point, a typical player and womanizer and is never shy to put himself before others. He loves woman and sports cars and never has a problem making others feel insecure about themselves. Christian himself embarks on countless sexual adventures including one with a porn star named Kimber. He is a smooth talker who thinks only about the night at hand and gets on with his life the following morning. For this we do learn why he is hated so much and we also get a glimps of what his childhood was like.
This season is mainly about introducing you to the characters themselves and gives you an idea of just what is involved with the surgery's. Surgery's such as people wanting surgery to lose weight because they are too lazy to exercise etc. Things do take an unexpected turn later on in the series however when they get involved with a mafia drug lord who wants more than a visit under the knife from them.
As said this is not a show for everyone but if your wanting something with a fantastic storyline and something that pulls you right in then this is a must see.
Nip Tuck is one of the more daring shows on television. It is about a couple of plastic surgeons, one arrogant, narcissistic and beautiful. The other a conservative family man trying to hold his family together.
The show centres oround the plastic surgery business and can be a bit gruesome at times, you may want to look away. It has a darkly comic script that rewards repeated viewing.
My only gripe is that it's a bit high on melodrama in some places, and this seems to jar with the superficial glossy image of the show. People have pointed out to me that this is what the show is about, but I think these tensions could have bubbled under the surface rather than be right at the top of the plot sometimes.
Sadly I think the show went a bit downhill after this series, and by series three things get pretty ridiculous
Saying this, it is well worth a watch. The writing is good and the characters are well thought out.
Is the original series always the best? I ask this because I am somebody that comes from the angle of having seen every subsequent series of this show.
'Nip/Tuck' is a show centred around the practice of plastic surgery based in Miami. The main protagonists of the show are Dr Christian Troy (Julian McMahon), Dr Sean McNamara (Dylan Walsh) and Julia McNamara (Joely Richardson) as the show centres around their crumbling lives set against the backdrop of seeming paradise.
The connotations of this title do not seem to be difficult for anyone to imagine. You may picture an entirely superficial, emotionally numb piece. This isn't entirely witout truth as far as the superficial side of it goes. What we get in reality is a cutting edge, highly charged 13 episode saga with far ranging and extremely deep themes such as Adultery, Transexuality, Mental instabilities and Corruption.
Troy and McNamara have been best friends ever since college and they are ultimate opposites; Christian Troy is narcissistic, sexually adventureous, arrogant, defiant and glamorous. Sean McNamara is a conscientious and conservative family man who is in a rocky marriage with his wife Julia. Their three lives intrisically linked from their days at college.
A major part of the show, if not exactly a theme, is Christian's sexual adventures. He takes every possible opportunity to indulge his desires at whatever cost. He knows no sexual limits it seems and this can make him come accross as nothing more than a shallow individual but we do see that there is more to him as deep seeded childhood issues often make him the way he is and mask his obvious pain and compassion.
Another key theme which runs through the show is Sean's battle (mostly in his head) with a colombian druglord. It provides extra depth to his character and shapes future series.
The surgeries depicted in the series are graphically bold - they are extremely life-like and professionally shot: However, they are certainly not for the feint of heart!
This is an infectious drama that masks some deep dark issues with a wonderful clean sheen and plastic veneer. Some may call it disturbing, and at times, it is but you cannot say it lacks any entertainment factor or that any episode merely meanders in the manner of a soap opera like some 'hit-shows' are guilty of from time to time.
It crackles as it goes and is highly recommended viewing. If it were a book you wouldn't want to put it down, as a serial you are left gagging for the next episode and as a full series DVD you may as well put a 'busy' sign on your door and watch as many episodes as you can as this show is not to be missed.
If I must refer to my original point which was nearly lost amongst this review, I begged the question: Is the original series always the best? Well in this particular case I would respond by saying not necessarily. I justify this by the fact that the original series is always a benchmark; You never know how far the show can be pushed. Series preference is really exactly what I just said, down to preference as each series varies in themes, antagonists and varying extremeties.
Even if this doesn't sound like your bag exactly, I think it is worthwhile to give the first series a go as a guideline to whether it is for you or not. Go on, test the waters! You never know, you might enjoy this guilty pleasure.
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