Nurse Jackie

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Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie intertitle
Genre Medical drama
Dark comedy
Created by Liz Brixius
Evan Dunsky
Linda Wallem
Starring Edie 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 origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 57 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Liz Brixius
Caryn Mandabach
John Melfi
Linda Wallem
Richie Jackson
Mark Hudis
Christine Zander
Clyde Phillips
Tom Straw
Producer(s) Brad Carpenter
Michele Giordano
Liz Flahive
Bari Halle
Allen Coulter (pilot only)
Jerry Kupfer (pilot only)
Location(s) New York City
Camera setup Single camera
Running time approx. 27 minutes
Production company(s) Caryn Mandabach Productions
Clyde Phillips Productions
Jackson Group Entertainment
Madison Group Elevator
Lionsgate Television
De Long Lumber
Showtime Networks
Original channel Showtime
Original run June 8, 2009 – present
External links

Nurse Jackie is an American medical dark satirical 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]

Development and 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 that premiered on April 13, 2014.[13]

On March 31, 2014, Showtime renewed Nurse Jackie for a seventh season to air in 2015.[14]


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, Xanax, 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][15] 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][16]

Other characters include the officious hospital administrator Mrs. Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith),[3] Jackie's bar owner husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa),[15] their daughters Grace (Ruby Jerins) and Fiona (Daisy Tahan season 1 — Mackenzie Aladjem season 2), and Thor (Stephen Wallem), Jackie's kindhearted confidant and the real-life brother of show creator/executive producer Linda Wallem.[citation needed]

Main cast and characters[edit]

Name Portrayed by Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6
Jackie Peyton, RN Edie Falco Main
Eleanor O'Hara MD Eve Best Main Recurring
Zoey Barkow, RN Merritt Wever Main
Eddie Walzer R.Ph. Paul Schulze Main
Fitch "Coop" Cooper MD Peter Facinelli Main
Kevin Peyton Dominic Fumusa Main
Ms. Gloria Akalitus, RN Anna Deavere Smith Main
Thor Lundgren Stephen Wallem Main
Grace Peyton Ruby Jerins Main
Fiona Peyton Mackenzie Aladjem Recurring Main
Mohammed "Mo-Mo" de la Cruz, RN Haaz Sleiman Main

Recurring cast and characters[edit]

Actor Role Season
Daisy Tahan Fiona Peyton
Arjun Gupta Sam
Lenny Jacobson Lenny
Jaimie Alexander Tunie Peyton
Rene Ifrah Officer Ryan
Gbenga Akinnagbe Kelly Slater
Bobby Cannavale Dr. Miguel Cruz
Jake Cannavale Charlie Cruz
Morris Chestnut Dr. Ike Prentiss
Betty Gilpin Dr. Carrie Roman
Adam Ferrara NYPD Sgt. Frank Verelli
Michael Buscemi God


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."[17] 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".[18] James Poniewozik from Time magazine ranked Nurse Jackie's episode "Tiny Bubbles" (106) as 5th on his Top 10 Episodes of 2009 list.[19] 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...'"[20]


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."[21]


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 "Comedy-drama/Dramedy" category for the awards.[22][23][24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2011 Nomination for Best Television Series-Musical/Comedy
  • 2014 Nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2011 Nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2010 Nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)

Primetime Emmy Awards

  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2013 Won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Merritt Wever)
  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Bobby Cannavale)
  • 2013 Nomination for Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series
  • 2013 Won for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (Half-Hour) and Animation – "Teachable Moments"
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Merritt Wever)
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Bobby Cannavale)
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series
  • 2012 Nomination for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (half hour)
  • 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2011 Nomination for Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series
  • 2010 Won for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series (Eli Wallach) – "Chicken Soup"
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series (Allen Coulter) – "Pilot"
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Casting in a Comedy Series
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Cinematography in a Comedy Series
  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Main Title Design
  • 2010 Won for Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music

International broadcasts[edit]

Country TV Network(s) Date of Premiere Weekly Schedule
 Albania Albanian Screen
 Australia Network Ten
September 13, 2009[25]
January 11, 2011
February 16, 2011[26]
Mondays, 9:30 pm
Tuesdays, 11:30 p.m
Wednesdays, 8:30 pm
 Austria ORF eins January 10, 2011 Mondays, 10:00 pm
 Belgium La Deux
June 5, 2011 Sundays, 8:30 pm
 Bulgaria TV7 Fridays, 10:00 pm
 Canada The Movie Network
Movie Central
June 8, 2009[27] Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
 Croatia Fox Life September 7, 2011 Wednesday, 10:00 pm
 Denmark TV2 Zulu
 Finland Nelonen September 13, 2010[28] Mondays, 10 p.m.
 France Canal+ April 1, 2010[29] Thursdays, 10:30 p.m
 Germany TNT Serie (Season 1–2) September 1, 2011
RTL Nitro (Season 1–4) April 2, 2012 Monday, 9.00 pm
 Greece Universal Channel, SKAI
 Hungary Viasat3
 Indonesia FX
 India FX Fridays, 5:00 pm
 Iceland SkjárEinn
 Ireland RTÉ Two September 15, 2009[30] Tuesdays, 9:55 pm
 Israel Hot 3/Hot 3 HD[31]
October 21, 2009[32] Mondays, 10:35 pm
 Italy Sky Uno March 5, 2010 Fridays, 9:00 pm
 Japan WOWOW October 9, 2010[33]
December 25, 2011 (Season 3)
Saturdays, 11:50 pm
Sundays, 11:25 am
 Kosovo Fox Life November 16, 2011 Wednesdays, 8:00 pm
Latin America (orthographic projection).svg Latin America Studio Universal February 1, 2010[34]
February 1, 2010[35]
February 7, 2010[36]
Mondays, 9:00 pm
Sundays, 9:00 pm
 Netherlands Fox Life/RTL 8
 New Zealand TV3 Tuesdays, 9:30 pm
 Norway NRK1
March 4, 2010 Thursdays, 10:30 pm
 Poland nPremium HD
nFilm HD
nFilm HD 2
Universal Channel
TVP Seriale
September 1, 2009[37]

May 12, 2010[38]
January 13, 2011[39]

Thursdays, 10:35 pm
 Portugal Fox Life Thursdays, 9:25 pm
 Romania Universal Channel Sundays, 10:00 pm
 Serbia FOX Life September 7, 2011 Wednesday, 10:00 pm
 Singapore FX Asia
 Sweden Sveriges Television
SVT Play
October 3, 2009[40] Saturdays, 10:45 pm
 Turkey ComedyMax
 United Kingdom BBC Two (seasons 1–2)
Sky Atlantic (seasons 3–)
January 4, 2010[41]
July 5, 2011[42]
Saturdays, 10:40 p.m (Season 2) Jan 22, 2011+
Tuesdays, 10:00 pm (Season 3)
 Macedonia Fox Life
 Spain Calle 13
Calle 13 HD
April 8, 2010 Thursdays, 9:30 pm

Foreign versions[edit]

  • The Netherlands: Charlie: A Dutch remake of Nurse Jackie began production for Dutch TV Network, Nederland 3. Starring Halina Reijn, Katja Schuurman, and Benja Bruijning, the show began airing on March 13, 2013.


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