Last night, I watched my very first episode of Nip/Tuck. And, um... wow. Just. Wow. They definitely earned that MA rating.
Language: Apparently, you can say several four letter words on FX. Good taste prevents me from reproducing them here, but they dropped everything short of the F-bomb. Which, I dunno, they could be saving for sweeps week.
Violence: Beyond the typical gore associated with cutting people open and messing with their insides, this episode featured someone being violently stabbed. We're talking about a man coughing up, and lying in a pool of, his own blood.
Sexual Content: The protagonists pick up a couple of floozies and have Just Shy of Porno sex with them. It boggles the mind that you can't show a nipple on TV, but you can show a boob being clutched in some dude's hand hard enough to leave a bruise. I'm just sayin'.
Many shows on television are designed to link violence (danger, pain, blood) with sexual appeal, in order to best excite and disgust their audiences. Few shows do it as well as Nip/Tuck. The visual effects, all naked bodies and medical procedures, are absolutely stunning. At the end of the episode, you are left with a sense of vulnerability - even the show's tagline, "What don't you like about yourself?" takes on a whole new meaning.
But cinematography alone would not be enough for me to tolerate Nip/Tuck's utterly unsympathetic anti-heroes. Toss in some Adhir Kalyan, on the other hand, and you've got yourself a deal. That's right! Everyone's favorite Alien in America is back in the recurring role of Dr. Raj (how bloody original).