Nurse Jackie

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Nurse Jackie
Genre Medical drama
Dark comedy
Comedy drama
Created by Liz Brixius
Evan Dunsky
Linda Wallem
Starring Edie Falco
Eve Best
Merritt Wever
Haaz Sleiman
Paul Schulze
Peter Facinelli
Dominic Fumusa
Anna Deavere Smith
Ruby Jerins
Mackenzie Aladjem
Stephen Wallem
Betty Gilpin
Adam Ferrara
Theme music composer Wendy & Lisa
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes80 (list of episodes)
Executive producersLiz Brixius
Caryn Mandabach
John Melfi
Linda Wallem
Richie Jackson
Mark Hudis
Christine Zander
Clyde Phillips
Tom Straw
ProducersBrad Carpenter
Michele Giordano
Liz Flahive
Bari Halle
Allen Coulter (pilot only)
Jerry Kupfer (pilot only)
Production location New York City
Camera setup Single camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesCaryn Mandabach Productions
Clyde Phillips Productions (seasons 5–7)
Jackson Group Entertainment
Madison Grain Elevator (seasons 1–4)
Lionsgate Television
De Long Lumber Company (seasons 1–4)
Original network Showtime
Original releaseJune 8, 2009 (2009-06-08) 
June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28)

Nurse Jackieis an American medical comedy-drama television series. It premiered on Showtime on June 8, 2009, [1] [2] and its seventh and final season premiered on April 12, 2015. [3] The series finale aired on June 28, 2015.


The show stars Edie Falco as the title character, Jackie Peyton, an emergency department nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York City. [2] [4] [5] [6] For Jackie, "every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses, and her own indiscretions." [7]

The show was well-received by critics, winning five Primetime Emmy Awards out of 24 nominations, including one win for Falco and Merritt Wever each. [8]

Development and production

Nurse Jackie was created by Liz Brixius, Linda Wallem, and Evan Dunsky. Brixius and Wallem served as showrunners for the first four seasons and shared executive producer duties with Caryn Mandabach and John Melfi. [1] [7] Showtime ordered an initial 12 episodes. [7] 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['s] 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. [9] Showtime immediately picked up the series for a second season. [9] Season Three premiered on Showtime on March 28, 2011. [10] On May 23, 2011, Showtime ordered a fourth season. [11] A fifth season was ordered on May 31, 2012, [12] and production began in late 2012. The season 4 finale aired on June 17, 2012. [13] Season 5 premiered on April 14, 2013, [14] with new showrunner and executive producer, Clyde Phillips. [15] On June 6, 2013, Showtime renewed the show for a sixth season, which premiered on April 13, 2014. [16]

On March 31, 2014, Showtime renewed Nurse Jackie for a seventh season, which was announced in September as the show's final season. [17] It premiered April 12, 2015. [3]

Cast and characters

Showtime called Jackie Peyton a "strong-willed, iconoclastic New York City nurse juggling the frenzied grind of an urban hospital and an equally challenging personal life," noting that she had "an occasional weakness for Vicodin, Percocet, and Xanax to get her through the days." [7] The main characters include Dr. Eleanor O'Hara (Eve Best), a British doctor and Jackie's best friend at work; Zoey Barkow (Merritt Wever), a spunky, inexperienced nursing student from a community college, "the perfect foil for Jackie's sharp angles"; [4] [18] Dr. Fitch Cooper (Peter Facinelli), "a likable 'golden boy' whose calm façade hides a nervous disposition"; [4] and Eddie Walzer (Paul Schulze), a pharmacist with whom Jackie is having an affair at the beginning of the series. [4] [19]

Other characters include the officious hospital administrator Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), [4] Jackie's bar owner husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), [18] their daughters Grace (Ruby Jerins) and Fiona (Daisy Tahan in season 1 and Mackenzie Aladjem in seasons 2 through 7), and Thor (Stephen Wallem), Jackie's kindhearted confidant and the real-life brother of show creator/executive producer Linda Wallem. [20]


Edie Falco Jackie Peyton Main
Eve Best Eleanor O'Hara Main Guest
Merritt Wever Zoey Barkow Main
Haaz Sleiman Mohammed de la Cruz Main
Paul Schulze Eddie Walzer Main
Peter Facinelli Fitch "Coop" Cooper Main
Dominic Fumusa Kevin Peyton Recurring Main
Anna Deavere Smith Gloria Akalitus Recurring Main
Ruby Jerins Grace Peyton Recurring Main
Daisy Tahan / Mackenzie Aladjem Fiona Peyton Recurring Main
Bobby Cannavale Miguel Cruz Main [21]
Morris Chestnut Ike Prentiss Main [22]
Stephen Wallem Thor Lundgren Recurring Main
Betty Gilpin Carrie Roman Recurring Main
Adam Ferrara Frank Verelli Recurring Main

Recurring cast


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1 12June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08)August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)
2 12March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)June 7, 2010 (2010-06-07)
3 12March 28, 2011 (2011-03-28)June 20, 2011 (2011-06-20)
4 10April 8, 2012 (2012-04-08)June 17, 2012 (2012-06-17)
5 10April 14, 2013 (2013-04-14)June 16, 2013 (2013-06-16)
6 12April 13, 2014 (2014-04-13)June 29, 2014 (2014-06-29)
7 12April 12, 2015 (2015-04-12)June 28, 2015 (2015-06-28)


Critical reception

The premiere of Nurse Jackie was met with generally positive reviews from critics, and received a Metacritic rating of 76 out of 100. [23] Entertainment Weekly gave the first episode a B+, stating "Edie Falco brings a genial forcefulness to Nurse Jackie." [24] 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." [25] James Poniewozik from Time magazine ranked Nurse Jackie's episode "Tiny Bubbles" (106) as 5th on his Top 10 Episodes of 2009 list. [26] Variety and Salon struck the primary sour notes, 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...'" [27]

Reviews of subsequent seasons varied. The second season achieved a Metacritic rating of 75 out of 100 from 16 critics, [28] the third season received 79 out of 100 based on 7 reviews, [29] the fourth received 83 out of 100 out of 9 reviews, [30] the fifth season received a 66 out of 100 based on 10 reviews, [31] and the sixth season received a rating of 64 out of 100 based on 4 reviews. [32] The seventh and final season did not receive enough ratings to warrant a score. [33]


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." [34]


On August 29, 2010, at the 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards, in her acceptance speech for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead 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 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. [35] [36]

Awards and nominations

Golden Globe Awards

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Primetime Emmy Awards


CountryTV Network(s)Date of PremiereWeekly Schedule
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Network Ten
September 13, 2009 [37]
January 11, 2011
February 16, 2011 [38]
Mondays, 9:30 p.m.
Tuesdays, 11:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada The Movie Network
Movie Central
June 8, 2009 [39] Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand TV3 Tuesdays, 9:30 pm
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom BBC Two (seasons 1–2)
Sky Atlantic (seasons 3–7)
January 4, 2010 [40]
July 5, 2011 [41]
Saturdays, 10:40 p.m. (Season 2) Jan 22, 2011+
Tuesdays, 10:00 pm (Season 3)

Home media

TitleEpisodesRelease dateAdditional
Region 1 [42] Region A [43] Region 2 [44] Region 4 [45]
Season One12February 23, 2010March 1, 2010June 2, 2010
  • Also available on Blu-ray Region B UK (released April 18, 2011) [46]
  • Also available as part of "Double Dose: Season 1 & 2" on Region 2 UK (released April 18, 2011) [47]
Season Two12February 22, 2011April 18, 2011May 4, 2011
  • Also available on Blu-ray Region B UK (released April 18, 2011) [48]
  • Also available as part of "Double Dose: Season 1 & 2" on Region 2 UK (released April 18, 2011) [47]
Season Three12February 21, 2012May 5, 2012September 5, 2012
  • Also available on Blu-ray Region B UK (released May 5, 2012) [49]
Season Four10February 12, 2013February 25, 2013July 4, 2013
Season Five10February 18, 2014April 21, 2014March 20, 2014
Season Six12February 10, 2015November 16, 2015February 26, 2015
Season Seven12October 20, 2015January 11, 2016February 18, 2016
The Complete Series80No releaseApril 25, 2016October 26, 2016

Foreign versions

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