Nurse Jackie

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Nurse Jackie
NurseJackie.jpg
Nurse Jackie intertitle
GenreComedy-drama
Medical drama
Dark comedy
Satire
Created byLiz Brixius
Evan Dunsky
Linda Wallem
StarringEdie Falco
Eve Best
Merritt Wever
Haaz Sleiman
Paul Schulze
Dominic Fumusa
Anna Deavere Smith
Ruby Jerins
Mackenzie Aladjem
Peter Facinelli
Stephen Wallem
Opening theme"Nurse Jackie Theme Song" by Wendy & Lisa
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes56 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Liz Brixius
Caryn Mandabach
John Melfi
Linda Wallem
Location(s)New York City
Camera setupSingle camera
Running timeapprox. 27 minutes
Production company(s)Caryn Mandabach Productions
Clyde Phillips Productions
Jackson Group Entertainment
Madison Group Elevator
Lionsgate Television
De Long Lumber
Showtime Networks
Broadcast
Original channelShowtime
Original runJune 8, 2009 – present
External links
Website
 
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Nurse Jackie
NurseJackie.jpg
Nurse Jackie intertitle
GenreComedy-drama
Medical drama
Dark comedy
Satire
Created byLiz Brixius
Evan Dunsky
Linda Wallem
StarringEdie Falco
Eve Best
Merritt Wever
Haaz Sleiman
Paul Schulze
Dominic Fumusa
Anna Deavere Smith
Ruby Jerins
Mackenzie Aladjem
Peter Facinelli
Stephen Wallem
Opening theme"Nurse Jackie Theme Song" by Wendy & Lisa
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes56 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Liz Brixius
Caryn Mandabach
John Melfi
Linda Wallem
Location(s)New York City
Camera setupSingle camera
Running timeapprox. 27 minutes
Production company(s)Caryn Mandabach Productions
Clyde Phillips Productions
Jackson Group Entertainment
Madison Group Elevator
Lionsgate Television
De Long Lumber
Showtime Networks
Broadcast
Original channelShowtime
Original runJune 8, 2009 – present
External links
Website

Nurse Jackie is an American medical dark comedy-drama series. It premiered on Showtime, Movie Central, and The Movie Network, on June 8, 2009.[1][2]

The show stars Edie Falco as the title character Jackie Peyton, an emergency department nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York City.[2][3][4][5] For Jackie, "every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses, and her own indiscretions."[6]

Production[edit]

Nurse Jackie was created by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem, and Evan Dunsky with Brixius and Wallem serving as showrunners for the series and sharing executive producer duties with Caryn Mandabach and John Melfi.[1][6] Showtime ordered an initial 12 episodes.[6] Before the premiere, Brixius told the New York Daily News that "Guys' stories tend to be about conquests – getting the job, winning the Olympics, whatever. Women stories aren't as immediately climactic so they need to play out over the course of three months ... And every medical show out there has been about doctors. Doctors are absolutely unable to do what they have to do without nurses. We want to tell those stories."[1]

The June 8, 2009 series premiere was Showtime's most-successful ever, with 1 million viewers for the premiere and over 350,000 for the repeat broadcast.[7] Showtime immediately picked up the series for a second season.[7] Season Three premiered on Showtime on March 28, 2011.[8] On May 23, 2011, Showtime ordered a fourth season of Nurse Jackie.[9] A fifth season was ordered on May 31, 2012,[10] and production began in late 2012. The season 4 finale aired on June 17, 2012[11] Season 5 premiered on April 14, 2013.[12]

On June 6, 2013, Showtime renewed Nurse Jackie for a sixth season to air in 2014.[13]

Episodes[edit]

Cast and characters[edit]

Jackie is described by Showtime as a "strong-willed, iconoclastic New York City nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life," noting that the character has "an occasional weakness for Vicodin, Adderall, Percocet and Oxycontin to get her through the days."[6] The main characters include Dr. Eleanor O'Hara (Eve Best), a British doctor and Jackie's best friend at work; Zoey (Merritt Wever), a jubilant, but inexperienced nursing student from a community college, who "is the perfect foil for Jackie's sharp angles";[3][14] Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli), "a likable 'golden boy' whose calm façade hides a nervous disposition"; and [3] Eddie (Paul Schulze), a pharmacist with whom Jackie is having an affair;.[3][15]

Other characters include the officious hospital administrator Mrs. Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith),[3] Jackie's bar-owner husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa),[14] their daughters Grace (Ruby Jerins) and Fiona (Daisy Tahan season 1 — Mackenzie Aladjem season 2), and Thor (Stephen Wallem), the kind-hearted confidant of nurse Jackie and the real-life brother of show creator/executive producer Linda Wallem.

Main cast and characters[edit]

NamePortrayed bySeasons
12345
Jackie Peyton, RNEdie FalcoMain
Eleanor O'Hara MDEve BestMainRecurring
Zoey Barkow, RNMerritt WeverMain
Eddie Walzer R.Ph.Paul SchulzeMain
Fitch "Coop" Cooper MDPeter FacinelliMain
Kevin PeytonDominic FumusaMain
Ms. Gloria Akalitus, RNAnna Deavere SmithMain
Thor LundgrenStephen WallemMain
Grace PeytonRuby JerinsMain
Fiona PeytonMackenzie AladjemRecurringMain
Mohammed "Mo-Mo" de la Cruz, RNHaaz SleimanMain

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

ActorRoleSeason
Daisy TahanFiona Peyton
1
Arjun GuptaSam
1–4
Lenny JacobsonLenny
1–4
Jaimie AlexanderTunie Peyton
3
Rene IfrahOfficer Ryan
1–3
Gbenga AkinnagbeKelly Slater
3–4
Bobby CannavaleDr. Michael Cruz
4–5
Jake CannavaleCharlie Cruz
4
Morris ChestnutDr. Ike Prentiss
5
Betty GilpinDr. Carrie Roman
5

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

The premiere of Nurse Jackie was met with generally positive reviews from critics. Entertainment Weekly gave the first episode a B+, stating "Edie Falco brings a genial forcefulness to Nurse Jackie."[16] New York magazine called the Showtime series "smart, acrid, alternately sharp and sentimental" and "the best series yet in the cable channel’s ongoing meditation on the nature of addiction ... and the setting for a truly breakthrough female character".[17] James Poniewozik from Time magazine ranked Nurse Jackie's episode "Tiny Bubbles" (106) as 5th on his Top 10 Episodes of 2009 list.[18] Reception was not entirely positive, with Variety noting, "The series increasingly feels like all style and limited substance – a star showcase that's less 'triumphant return' than 'Nice to have you back, but...'"[19]

Criticism[edit]

Soon after Nurse Jackie premiered, the New York State Nurses Association decried the unethical behavior of the title character, and the detrimental impression regarding nurses that such a portrayal could have on the public, stating, "In the first episode, Nurse Jackie is introduced as a substance abuser who trades sex with a pharmacist for prescription drugs ... She has no qualms about repeatedly violating the nursing Code of Ethics."[20]

Genre[edit]

In her acceptance speech for the Emmy for Best Actress in a Comedy series, Falco exclaimed "I'm not funny!" Later, while speaking to the press, she expanded upon her statement and said that she too felt her performance was dramatic. Several articles have since been written addressing this question, with some writers even calling for an overhaul of the Emmy categorization process as well as a "Dramedy" category for the awards.[21][22][23]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Globe Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards

International broadcasts[edit]

CountryTV Network(s)Date of PremiereWeekly Schedule
 AlbaniaAlbanian Screen
 AustraliaNetwork Ten
Eleven
Showcase
September 13, 2009[24]
January 11, 2011
February 16, 2011[25]
Mondays, 9:30 pm
Tuesdays, 11:30 p.m
Wednesdays, 8:30 pm
 AustriaORF einsJanuary 10, 2011Mondays, 10:00 pm
 BelgiumLa Deux
Foxlife
June 5, 2011Sundays, 8:30 pm
 BulgariaTV7Fridays, 10:00 pm
 CanadaThe Movie Network
Movie Central
June 8, 2009[26]Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
 CroatiaFox LifeSeptember 7, 2011Wednesday, 10:00 pm
 DenmarkTV2 Zulu
 FinlandNelonenSeptember 13, 2010[27]Mondays, 10 p.m.
 FranceCanal+April 1, 2010[28]Thursdays, 10:30 p.m
 GermanyTNT Serie (Season 1–2)September 1, 2011
RTL Nitro (Season 1–4)April 2, 2012Monday, 9.00 pm
 GreeceUniversal Channel, SKAI
 HungaryViasat3
 IndonesiaFX
 IndiaFXFridays, 5:00 pm
 IcelandSkjárEinn
 IrelandRTÉ TwoSeptember 15, 2009[29]Tuesdays, 9:55 pm
 IsraelHot 3/Hot 3 HD[30]
HOT V.O.D
October 21, 2009[31]Mondays, 10:35 pm
 ItalySky UnoMarch 5, 2010Fridays, 9:00 pm
 JapanWOWOWOctober 9, 2010[32]
December 25, 2011 (Season 3)
Saturdays, 11:50 pm
Sundays, 11:25 am
 KosovoFox LifeNovember 16, 2011Wednesdays, 8:00 pm
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin AmericaStudio UniversalFebruary 1, 2010[33]
February 1, 2010[34]
February 7, 2010[35]
Mondays, 9:00 pm
Sundays, 9:00 pm
 NetherlandsFox Life/RTL 8
 New ZealandTV3Tuesdays, 9:30 pm
 NorwayNRK1
NRK1 HD
March 4, 2010Thursdays, 10:30 pm
 PolandnPremium HD
nFilm HD
nFilm HD 2
Universal Channel
TVP2
TVP Seriale
September 1, 2009[36]


May 12, 2010[37]
January 13, 2011[38]




Thursdays, 10:35 pm
 PortugalFox LifeThursdays, 9:25 pm
 RomaniaUniversal ChannelSundays, 10:00 pm
 SerbiaFOX LifeSeptember 7, 2011Wednesday, 10:00 pm
 SingaporeFX Asia
 SwedenSveriges Television
SVT Play
October 3, 2009[39]Saturdays, 10:45 pm
 TurkeyComedyMax
 United KingdomBBC Two (seasons 1–2)
Sky Atlantic (seasons 3–)
January 4, 2010[40]
July 5, 2011[41]
Saturdays, 10:40 p.m (Season 2) Jan 22, 2011+
Tuesdays, 10:00 pm (Season 3)
 MacedoniaFox Life
 SpainCalle 13
Calle 13 HD
April 8, 2010Thursdays, 9:30 pm

Foreign versions[edit]

References[edit]

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