Six Stitches Under: Popular Creator Ryan Murphy Returns with Nip/Tuck, a Plastic Surgery Drama on the Cutting Edge

By Goodridge, Mike | The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine), September 2, 2003 | Go to article overview

Six Stitches Under: Popular Creator Ryan Murphy Returns with Nip/Tuck, a Plastic Surgery Drama on the Cutting Edge


Goodridge, Mike, The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)


Series creator Ryan Murphy may be openly gay, and his work to date--such as the WB's cult fare satire Popular--may be loved by gay viewers, but he will tell you that "there is no obvious gay sensibility" In his new hit FX series, Nip/Tuck.

Certainly, a series about plastic surgery in today's America could be infused with broad comedy and a degree. of high camp. But the fast-talking, in demand writer-producer had a darker vision for the show. "I don't look at myself as a gay artist, just as an artist," he explains. "I was stuck at a point in my career as someone who did female-based material, and that's not who I am."

Not that Nip/Turk, a savage portrait of two Miami plastic surgeons, their dysfunctional private lives, and those of their troubled clients, has no appeal for gay viewers. "At the heart of it, the show is about why people hate themselves and how they are put in a box by others and by themselves," Murphy says. "Gay people can certainly relate to that in the looks classism that exists."

Each episode of Nip/Tuck, which Murphy describes as a Brothers Grimm fairy tale every week, begins with the query, "Tell me what you don't like about yourself." But, says Murphy, the show is not all dark. "It's about the powers of transformation. …

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