Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003


The first episodes of this risky, risqué melodrama about plastic surgeons were too beholden to its high concept: Yes, society places too much value on superficial appearances, we get it! But it deepened (not unlike HBO's Six Feet Under) into a rich exploration of family, identity and the complications of sex. Nip/Tuck began every episode with a patient being asked the same question — "What don't you like about yourself?" — and found myriad fascinating ways to answer it. (F/X)