Body Shop

Nip/Tuck looks at the gory underside of beauty

Some TV shows get under your skin with lovable characters or subtle writing. Nip/Tuck (FX, Tuesdays, 10 p.m. E.T.) uses a scalpel and liposuction hose. Christian Troy (Julian McMahon) and Sean MacNamara (Dylan Walsh) are wealthy Miami plastic surgeons--the former a seductive bad boy, the latter moral but uptight--and this subtle-as-an-implant drama shies away from neither their work's ethical implications nor its grossness. (Don't fix a snack before watching them carve up a patient's face like a radish rosette.) FX aspires to be the poor man's HBO, and if the bad-cop drama The Shield is its answer to The Sopranos, Nip/Tuck...

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