Created by Ryan Murphy
Starring Dylan Walsh
Julian McMahon
Joely Richardson
John Hensley
Roma Maffia
Kelly Carlson
Jessalyn Gilsig
Bruno Campos
Valerie Cruz
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 (per episode)
Production company(s) Stu Segall Productions
Ryan Murphy Productions
The Shephard-Robin Company
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel FX
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original release July 18, 2003 (2003-07-18) – March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)
External links

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]


This drama is set in a plastic surgery center, McNamara/Troy, centering around 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

Character Actor Information
Sean McNamara Dylan Walsh All Seasons
Christian Troy Julian McMahon All Seasons
Julia McNamara Joely Richardson All Seasons
Matt McNamara John Hensley All Seasons
Grace Santiago Valerie Cruz Season 1
Liz Cruz Roma Maffia Seasons 2–6 (Season 1, recurring)
Kimber Henry Kelly Carlson Seasons 3–6 (Seasons 1–2, recurring)
Gina Russo Jessalyn Gilsig Season 3 (Seasons 1–2, recurring; 4–5, guest)
Quentin Costa Bruno Campos Season 3 (Season 2, guest)

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

  • Emmy Awards (2010):
    • Nominated – Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • Emmy Awards (2009):
    • Nominated – Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
    • Nominated – Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic).
  • Emmy Awards (2007):
    • Nominated – Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
  • Emmy Awards (2006):
    • Nominated – Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series
    • Nominated – Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
    • Nominated – Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic).
  • Golden Globe Awards (2005):
    • Won – Best Television Series – Drama.
    • Nominated – Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama (Julian McMahon)
    • Nominated – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama (Joely Richardson).
  • Emmy Awards (2005):
    • Nominated – Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
    • Nominated – Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series (Jill Clayburgh)
    • Nominated – Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
    • Nominated – Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic).
  • Emmy Awards (2004):
    • Won – Outstanding Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special (Prosthetic).
    • Nominated – Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series
    • Nominated – Outstanding Main Title Design
    • Nominated – Outstanding Main Title Theme Music
    • Nominated – Outstanding Makeup for a Series (Non-Prosthetic).

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Including Cherry Peck / Quentin Costa, three episodes of Nip/Tuck rank as the three most-watched scripted programs ever on FX.[citation needed] 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][dead link] 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

Country Network
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23x15px Australia Showcase, Nine Network
23x15px Austria ATV+
23x15px Belarus Belarus-1
23x15px Belgium 2BE
23x15px Bolivia Warner Channel
23x15px Brazil Fox, Fox Life, FX Latin America,
23x15px Bulgaria Nova Television, Fox Life
23x15px Canada CTV, Series+
23x15px Chile Canal Fox, FX Latin America
23x15px Colombia Warner Channel FX Latin America Canal Fox
23x15px Costa Rica Warner Channel
23x15px Croatia RTL Televizija
23x15px Cyprus LTV
23x15px Czech Republic TV Nova
Prima Cool
23x15px Denmark TV3 Puls
23x15px Dominican Republic Warner Channel
23x15px Ecuador Warner Channel
23x15px Egypt Fox Series
OSN First
23x15px El Salvador Warner Channel
23x15px Estonia Kanal 11
23x15px Finland MTV3
23x15px France M6
23x15px Germany ProSieben
TNT Serie
23x15px Greece Star Channel
23x15px Guatemala Warner Channel
Template:Country data Honduras Warner Channel
Template:Country data Hong Kong Star World
23x15px Hungary Viasat 3
Template:Country data Iceland Stöð 2
Template:Country data IND India Zee Café
Template:Country data Indonesia Trans7
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Template:Country data ISR Israel Yes Stars Action
23x15px Italy Italia1
Template:Country data JPN Japan Fox
Template:Country data Kazakhstan Channel One
Template:Country data Kenya Kenya Television Network
23x15px Latvia TV3, LNT, Channel 2, SET
23x15px Lithuania LNK
23x15px Macedonia A1
23x15px Malaysia Star World
23x15px Mexico Canal Fox, FX
23x15px Netherlands NET 5
23x15px New Zealand TV One, Canterbury Television
23x15px Nicaragua Warner Channel
23x15px Norway TVNorge
23x15px Pakistan STAR World India
23x15px Panama Warner Channel
23x15px Paraguay Warner Channel
23x15px Peru Warner Channel
23x15px Philippines Jack TV
Studio 23
23x15px Poland TVN (Poland)
23x15px Portugal RTP2
23x15px Romania Euforia TV
23x15px Russia Channel One, CTC
23x15px Serbia B92
23x15px Singapore Star World
23x15px Slovenia Kanal A
23x15px South Africa M-net
23x15px Spain Fox
23x15px Sweden Sveriges Television
23x16px  Switzerland SF zwei
Template:Country data South Korea AXN Korea
23x15px Taiwan Star World
23x15px Thailand Star World
23x15px Turkey CNBC-e
23x15px Ukraine 1+1
23x15px United Arab Emirates Fox Series
OSN First
23x15px United Kingdom Fox, Sky Living, Sky1, Channel 4
23x15px United States FX, Logo
23x15px Uruguay Warner Channel
23x15px Venezuela Warner Channel

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 Drama a Facelife
    • 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 Mentiras Perfectas (Perfect Lies in English), an adaptation of the series, was made by the Colombian network Caracol TV.[22]


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External links

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