In the pilot, Dr Sean's family has self esteem problems of their own. For starters son Matt wants a circumcision after he's taunted in the locker room. While wife Julia contemplates a boob job. It doesnt help matters that Sean turns away burn victims as his partner mulls over new marble tile for the recovery steam room.
Sound vapid enough for ya? You bet it is. But the series main problem is that they've missed the boat. In the right hands a show about two morally bankrupt plastic surgeons could be dark and funny. But Nip/Tucks jokes fall flat and it's dramatic plots can be spotted faster than a bad face lift. The series tries to shock with it's bloody re-inactments of surgical procedures but those too are a yawn. ABC's Extreme Makeover real life surgeries are far more stomach turning than these and without the cheesey camera work and bad music. Nip/Tuck is a desperate attempt by FX to be a basic cable alternative to Six Feet Under, a dark soap whose humor actually works. Stay away from discount Botox and this series.