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Nip/Tuck (2003-2010)



Plot Summary: A little shady deal here, a little ethical entanglement there — it’s a way of life for Sean McNamara and Christian Troy, Miami doctors who own an exclusive plastic surgery clinic that generates as much trouble as it does cash.

Cast: Dylan Walsh, Julian McMahon, John Hensley, Joely Richardson, Roma Maffia, Linda Klein, Kelly Carlson, Kelsey Batelaan

Serious Jest: animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd)animated beer mug 25% (transparent bkgrd) (Casual Watch)  The first couple of seasons were great.  The show takes an insightful look behind the curtains of the plastic surgery industry in Miami, a very plastic city.  The characters are complex and interesting , the scenery is cool, and the plots are entertaining.  I particularly like the way that the patients are metaphors for the trials and tribulations in the doctors’ personal lives, and how the doctors often learn from their patients in many ways.

Around Season 4, however, this series started to take a sharp turn toward the melodrama and playing with the net down of a soap opera.  While I still found myself entertained with almost every episode, the level of crazy and drastic character changes really detracted from what were often clever concepts of image and its societal role.

The actors were very competent, for the most part.  I found myself thinking that Walsh would have been a good alternate for Walter White if Bryan Cranston had been unavailable.  Carlson was perfect for the role of Kimber Henry, in looks, sensuality, and ability to be beautiful while radiating inner ugliness that crept closer to the outside as the series went on.

On the other hand, I feel Hensley was miscast.  His impish features just weren’t right for the desireable young ladies’ man that the show started to feature him as, nor was his soft demeanor right for the times that the show called for him to act hard.  One might respond that that was the point, that his character was often out of his element in assuming those roles, but I still feel that the show could have chosen someone who was at least a little believable in those situations.  He might be good in something else, but I found myself looking at him as a blemish on an otherwise-solid lineup.

As the show gained popularity, more cool guest stars could be spotted, including the delectable Sanaa Lathan, who really embraced her sensuality for this show.  I also enjoyed the performances of Mario Lopez and Peter Dinklage, who both brought some much-needed levity to the show when it seemed that most of the other characters were acting crazy.

I’d love to hear from medical doctors on this one.  Was this a decent medical drama, in your opinion?  Or were they taking reckless liberties with the medical field in this one.  I know I can’t watch many legal dramas because they butcher the courtroom.  Do you feel that way about this show?


About Serious Jest

Film & TV Reviewer by Choice, Attorney at Law, Marine to the Corps (excuse the pun), Nupe Under Pressure, and MC by Nature

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