Last updated
Genre Medical drama
Serial drama
Created by Ryan Murphy
Starring Dylan Walsh
Julian McMahon
John Hensley
Joely Richardson
Valerie Cruz
Roma Maffia
Kelly Carlson
Jessalyn Gilsig
Bruno Campos
Opening theme"A Perfect Lie"
by The Engine Room
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes100 (list of episodes)
Executive producersRyan Murphy
Brad Falchuk
Lyn Greene
Greer Shephard
Michael M. Robin
Richard Levine
Sean Jablonski
Jennifer Salt
Production locations Miami, Florida (seasons 1–4, setting only)
Hollywood, California (seasons 5–6) [1]
Running time41–70 minutes
Production companiesHands Down Entertainment
Ryan Murphy Productions
Stu Segall Productions
The Shephard/Robin Company
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network FX
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 22, 2003 (2003-07-22) 
March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)
Related shows Mentiras perfectas
External links

Nip/Tuck is an American 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). [2] 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 rapist 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. [3] 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. [4] Series creator Ryan Murphy said that the medical cases on the show are "100 percent based on fact". [5]


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, [6] 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. [7] [8] [9] Nip/Tuck filmed its 100th and final episode on June 12, 2009, without creator Ryan Murphy, [10] 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 . [11]

Characters and cast

Main cast

1 2 3 4 5 6
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

Recurring cast

1 2 3 4 5 6
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 GuestSpecial Guest
Seth Gabel Adrian Moore Recurring
Willam Belli Cherry Peck 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


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 13July 22, 2003 (2003-07-22)October 21, 2003 (2003-10-21)
2 16June 22, 2004 (2004-06-22)October 5, 2004 (2004-10-05)
3 15September 20, 2005 (2005-09-20)December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)
4 15September 5, 2006 (2006-09-05)December 12, 2006 (2006-12-12)
5 2214October 10, 2007 (2007-10-10)February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19)
8January 6, 2009 (2009-01-06)March 3, 2009 (2009-03-03)
6 19October 14, 2009 (2009-10-14)March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03)

Main crew

Awards and nominations

U.S. television ratings

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

SeasonTime slotSeason premiereSeason finaleViewers
(in millions)
Age 18–49
(in millions)
DateViewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
DateViewers Total
(in millions)
(in millions)
1st Tuesday 10:00 pmJuly 22, 20033.7 [12] 2.0 [12] October 21, 20032.99 [13] 2.1 [12] 3.25 [13] 2.2 [13]
2nd June 22, 20043.8 [12] 2.7 [12] October 5, 20045.2 [12] 3.6 [12] 3.8 [12] 2.6 [12]
3rd September 20, 20055.3 [12] 3.7 [12] December 20, 20055.7 [14] 3.9 [14] 3.9 [14] 2.7 [14]
4th September 5, 20064.8 [15] 3.4 [15] December 12, 20063.38 [16] 2.38 [17] 3.92.75 [16]
5th – Part I October 30, 20074.3 [18] 3.5February 19, 2008???2.41 [19] ??????
5th – Part II January 6, 20093.1 [20] 2.4 [20] March 3, 20093.82.4??
6th Wednesday 10:00 pmOctober 14, 20092.9 [21] 1.9 [22] March 3, 20101.8

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". [14] 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.[ 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. 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," [14] [ 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% 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." [15]

International broadcasts

In Australia, the series aired on Showcase and Nine Network; in Canada on CTV and Series+; in France on M6; [23] 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.

Home media

TitleRelease dateSpecial features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First SeasonJune 15, 2004September 20, 2004October 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 SeasonAugust 30, 2005May 30, 2005July 13, 2005
  • Cutting room floor: Deleted scenes
  • Featurette: Recurring Pain: Three Woman and Their man.
The Complete Third SeasonAugust 29, 2006May 8, 2006May 2, 2007
  • Severed Parts - unaired scenes
  • 2 featurettes
    • Chasing the Carver
    • The Perfect Look: Set Design.
The Complete Fourth SeasonSeptember 4, 2007August 13, 2007July 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 SeasonDecember 30, 2008 (part 1)
October 6, 2009 (part 2)
January 18, 2010October 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 SeasonJune 8, 2010September 6, 2010February 2, 2011
  • Deleted scenes
  • Featurette
  • Gag reel
The Complete SeriesNovember 2, 2010N/AN/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). [24]

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