The turbulent lives of two handsome and high-priced Miami plastic surgeons may be one of the more unusual premises for a television series, but the FX Channel's Nip/Tuck
combines sudsy sex and biting wit with the emotional quandaries involved in body modification in a way that makes for an engrossing--and occasionally gross--hourlong drama. The show benefits greatly from its two leads--Dylan Walsh as the troubled "good" surgeon and Julian McMahon as his predatory (but equally troubled) "bad" partner--as well as Joely Richardson as Walsh's wife and Roma Maffia as the surgeons' nurse. If Nip/Tuck
does have a stumbling point, it's in its occasionally glib dialogue (series creator Ryan Murphy was a writer for the verbally flashy high school series Popular), which can clash with an episode's more dramatic and poignant moments. The show also doesn't shy away from showing the more gruesome aspects of plastic surgery, but viewers can often see more stomach-churning images on the top-rated CSI
. But the strength of the performances and the originality of the premise make these rough spots manageable for viewers looking for an interesting spin on the usual "doctor show." --Paul Gaita
The complete second season of the acclaimed TV series set in a south Florida plastic surgery centre where truth is only skin deep. The season finds Sean (Dylan Walsh) and Christian (Julian McMahon) in full-blown midlife crises as they confront career, family and romance problems. Episodes are: 'Erica Noughton', 'Christian Troy', 'Manya Mabika', 'Mrs. Grubman', 'Joel Gideon', 'Bobbi Broderick', 'Naomi Gaines', 'Agatha Ripp', 'Rose & Raven Rosenberg', 'Kimber Henry', 'Natasha Charles', 'Julia McNamara', 'Oona Wentworth', 'Trudy Nye', 'Sean McNamara' and 'Joan Rivers'.