Genre Medical drama
Created by Ryan Murphy
Starring Dylan Walsh
Julian McMahon
Joely Richardson
John Hensley
Valerie Cruz
Roma Maffia
Kelly Carlson
Jessalyn Gilsig
Bruno Campos
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
Brad Falchuk
Lyn Greene
Michael M. Robin
Richard Levine
Sean Jablonski
Jennifer Salt
Location(s) Miami, Florida (seasons 1–4)
Hollywood, California (seasons 5–6)[1]
Running time 45–50 minutes
Production company(s) Stu Segall Productions
Ryan Murphy Productions
The Shephard-Robin Company
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network FX
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18) – March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)

Nip/Tuck is an American television drama series created by Ryan Murphy; it aired on FX in the United States from July 18, 2003 to March 3, 2010. The series focuses on "McNamara/Troy", a cutting-edge, controversial plastic surgery center—but, particularly its founders: Drs. Sean McNamara and Christian Troy (portrayed by Dylan Walsh and Julian McMahon). Each episode featured graphic, partial-depictions of the plastic surgeries of one or more patients (who requested both popular [e.g., breast augmentation] and exotic [e.g., "vaginal rejuvenation"] procedures—as well as removals of obscure skin diseases). Much of the series' drama is derived from the tumultuous personal lives of its main characters (including the doctors' loved ones).

The show premiered on July 22, 2003, and concluded on March 3, 2010, with the 100th episode.[2] 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 have followed along. The show has earned 45 award nominations, winning one Golden Globe and one Emmy Award.[3] Series creator Ryan Murphy has said that the medical cases on the show are "100 percent based on fact".[4]


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 he and his family are living in. On the other hand, partner Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) 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 clumsy 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,[5] 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.[6][7][8] Nip/Tuck filmed its 100th and final episode on June 12, 2009, without creator Ryan Murphy,[9] 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.[10]

Characters and cast

Main cast

Actor Character Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Dylan Walsh Sean McNamara Main
Julian McMahon Christian Troy Main
Joely Richardson Julia McNamara Main
John Hensley Matt 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 Guest
Bruno Campos Quentin Costa Guest Main

Major supporting characters

Character Actor Information
Annie McNamara Kelsey Batelaan All Seasons (recurring)
Wilber Troy Joshua & Josiah Henry Seasons 2, 4–6 (recurring)
Nurse Linda Linda Klein All Seasons (recurring)

Major recurring characters

Character Actor Information
Escobar Gallardo Robert LaSardo (Seasons 1 & 4, recurring; 2, 5 & 6 guest)
Mrs. Hedda Grubman Ruth Williamson (Season 1, recurring; 2 & 4, guest)
Dr. Merrill Bobolit Joey Slotnick (Season 1, recurring; 2 & 4, guest)
Jude Sawyer Phillip Rhys (Season 1, recurring; 2–3, guest)
Megan O'Hara Julie Warner (Season 1, recurring; 2 & 4, guest)
Dr. Erica Noughton Vanessa Redgrave (Seasons 2–3, recurring; 6, guest)
Ava Moore Famke Janssen (Season 2, recurring; 3 & 6, guest)
Adrian Moore Seth Gabel (Season 2, recurring)
Kit McGraw Rhona Mitra (Season 3, recurring)
Ariel Alderman Brittany Snow (Season 3, recurring)
Michelle Landau Sanaa Lathan (Season 4, recurring)
James LeBeau Jacqueline Bisset (Season 4, recurring)
Marlowe Sawyer Peter Dinklage (Season 4, recurring)
Dawn Budge Rosie O'Donnell (Seasons 4–5, recurring)
Dr. Mike Hamoui Mario Lopez (Seasons 4–6, recurring)
Kate Tinsley Paula Marshall (Season 5, recurring)
Aidan Stone Bradley Cooper (Season 5, recurring)
Olivia Lord Portia de Rossi (Season 5, recurring)
Eden Lord AnnaLynne McCord (Season 5, recurring)
Colleen Rose Sharon Gless (Season 5, recurring)
Ram Peters John Schneider (Season 5, recurring)
Dr Theodora "Teddy" Rowe Katee Sackhoff (Season 5, recurring)
Rose McGowan (Season 6, recurring)
Dr Curtis Ryerson George Newbern (Season 6, recurring)
Ramona Perez Melonie Diaz (Season 6, recurring)

Seasons and episodes

Main crew

Awards and nominations

U.S. television ratings

Viewer numbers (based on average total viewers per episode) of Nip/Tuck on FX.

Season Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale Viewers
(in millions)
Age 18–49
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
Date Viewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
1st Tuesday 10:00 PM July 22, 2003 3.7[11] 2.0[11] October 21, 2003 2.99[12] 2.1[11] 3.25[12] 2.2[12]
2nd June 22, 2004 3.8[11] 2.7[11] October 5, 2004 5.2[11] 3.6[11] 3.8[11] 2.6[11]
3rd September 20, 2005 5.3[11] 3.7[11] December 20, 2005 5.7[13] 3.9[13] 3.9[13] 2.7[13]
4th September 5, 2006 4.8[14] 3.4[14] December 12, 2006 3.38[15] 2.38[16] 3.9 2.75[15]
5th – Part I October 30, 2007 4.3[17] 3.5 February 19, 2008 ??? 2.41[18] ??? ???
5th – Part II January 6, 2009 3.1[19] 2.4[19] March 3, 2009 3.8 2.4 ??? ???
6th Wednesday 10:00PM October 14, 2009 2.9[20] 1.9[21] March 3, 2010 1.8 TBD TBD TBD

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".[13] And 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. Exactly 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 viewers were in the 18–49 age group demographic, "making the finale the No. 1 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,"[13] 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 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Nip/Tuck's performance among adults 18–49 ranks as basic cable’s top-rated season-premiere in the demo for 2006, as of September 8, 2006."[14]

International broadcasts

In Australia, the series aired on Showcase and Nine Network; in Canada on CTV and Series+; in France on M6;[22] 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.

DVD releases

Title Release date Special features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season June 15, 2004 September 20, 2004 October 20, 2004
  • 3 making-of documentaries
    • Giving Melodrama a Facelift
    • Realistic Expectations: The Practice of Plastic Surgery
    • Are They Real or Fake?: Miraculous Makeup Effects of Nip/Tuck
  • Severed Parts gag reel
  • Cutting room floor deleted scenes
  • A Perfect Lie music video. Teaser trailer.
The Complete Second Season August 30, 2005 May 30, 2005 July 13, 2005
  • Cutting room floor: Deleted scenes
  • Featurette: Recurring Pain: Three Woman and Their man.
The Complete Third Season August 29, 2006 May 8, 2006 May 2, 2007
  • Severed Parts - unaired scenes
  • 2 featurettes
    • Chasing the Carver
    • The Perfect Look: Set Design.
The Complete Fourth Season September 4, 2007 August 13, 2007 July 2, 2008
  • Cutting Room Floor - unaired scenes
  • Clever casting: The season's guest stars
  • Sizzle: the sexuality of Nip/Tuck.
  • The cutting edge: how real-life dramas are incorporated into the show
  • Severed parts: gag reel
The Complete Fifth Season December 30, 2008 (part 1)
October 6, 2009 (part 2)
January 18, 2010 October 28, 2009
  • Hollywood Hedonism: The Transition from Miami to Hollywood
  • Cutting Room Floor: Unaired scenes
  • Severed parts: gag reel
  • Featurette: The Science of Beauty
The Complete Sixth and Final Season June 8, 2010 September 6, 2010 February 2, 2011
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurette
  • Gag reel
The Complete Series November 2, 2010 N/A N/A
  • Special features from individual season box sets

International adaptation

In 2013, the Colombian network Caracol TV produced the Spanish language adaptation of the series, titled Mentiras Perfectas (Perfect Lies). [23]


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