'Nip/Tuck' returns - LA Times Review

FX's envelope-pushing show about plastic surgeons begins its final season. Silly? Yes, but always entertaining.

Without disputing the place of Nip/Tuck in the history of basic-cable envelope-pushing, with its graphic scenes of cosmetic surgery and its myriad crazy sexcapades, I must say I have never been especially attached to this show, which begins its nine-episode seventh and final season tonight. (Its final episode will be its 100th.)

I have checked in over the years, professionally, but it is not something that calls me back to watch for pleasure. At the same time, I understand it's the sort of show that best rewards the dedicated viewer, because its plot lines -- which have involved porn, prostitution, drug addiction, kidney stealing, Scientology, serial rape/disfigurement and at least a couple of homicidal maniacs in a story about a couple of plastic surgeons -- are so relentlessly outrageous that to stand outside it at all is to see the whole business as silly beyond belief.

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