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Nurse Jackie
Nurse Jackie intertitle
Genre Medical drama
Dark comedy
Created by Evan Dunsky
Liz Brixius
Linda Wallem
Starring Edie Falco
Eve Best
Peter Facinelli
Merritt Wever
Haaz Sleiman
Paul Schulze
Dominic Fumusa
Anna Deavere Smith
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 12 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Caryn Mandabach
John Melfi
Liz Brixius
Linda Wallem
Location(s) New York City
Camera setup Single camera
Running time approx. 27 minutes
Original channel Showtime
Original run June 8, 2009 – present
External links
Official website

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

The series stars Edie Falco as title character Jackie Peyton, a "flawed" emergency room 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."[2][6] Showtime says the half-hour series "is at turns wicked, heartbreaking and funny."[2][6]

On November 6, 2009, Showtime announced that season two of Nurse Jackie will premiere on March 22, 2010.[7]



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[1][6] and John Melfi. Showtime initially ordered 12 episodes.[6] Before the series premiered, 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 premiere ever, with 1 million viewers for the premiere and over 350,000 for the repeat broadcast.[8] Showtime immediately picked up the series for a second season.[8]


Falco's 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 and Adderall to get her through the days."[2] Other characters include Jackie's best friend at work, British Dr. O'Hara (Eve Best); Zoey (Merritt Wever), a jubilant first-year nursing student who "is the perfect foil for Jackie's sharp angles;"[3][9] Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli), "a likable 'golden boy' whose calm façade hides a nervous disposition;"[3] Eddie (Paul Schulze), a pharmacist with whom Jackie is having an affair;[3] and her gay coworker/friend, male nurse Mo-Mo (Haaz Sleiman).[10] Recurring characters include the officious hospital administrator, Mrs. Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith)[3] Jackie's bar-owner husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa),[9] as well as their daughters Grace (Ruby Jerins) and Fiona (Daisy Tahan).

On December 22, 2009 Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly reported that Sleiman would not be returning for the second season.[11]

Actor Role Season
Edie Falco Jackie Peyton, R.N. 1–2
Eve Best Dr. Elenor O'Hara 1–2
Merritt Wever Zoey Barkow 1–2
Paul Schulze Eddie Walzer 1–2
Peter Facinelli Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper 1–2
Dominic Fumusa Kevin Peyton (recurring) 1–2
Anna Deavere Smith Mrs. Gloria Akalitus (recurring) 1–2
Ruby Jerins Grace Peyton (recurring) 1–2
Stephen Wallem Thor (recurring) 1–2
Daisy Tahan Fiona Peyton 1
Haaz Sleiman Mohammed "Mo-Mo" de la Cruz 1
Arjun Gupta Sam 2


Critical response

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."[12] 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".[13] The Examiner agreed with a B+ rating, with the thought that, while not a saint, "[...] Jackie does make attempts. Despite her drug addiction due to chronic back pain and an adulterous affair with her habit enabling pharmacist, Jackie cares about her patients."[14] Reception was not entirely positive, with Brent Bozell, a member of the conservative Christian Parent's Television Council, calling Jackie "a filthy degenerate" and stating that any good shown in the character "only salves the conscience so the viewer can enjoy the evil parts," adding that "anything approaching the right moral course would completely ruin all the 'black comedy' fun Showtime is having."[15] Variety noted, "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...'"[16]


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. Although Showtime describes her as a 'competent nurse,' one could argue that no competent nurse would behave this way."[17]

Awards and nominations

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2010 Nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)

Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • 2010 Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series (Edie Falco)


Season 1: 2009

Episode Title Director
Original airdate
101[18] "Pilot[18]" Allen Coulter[18] Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem[18]
Evan Dunsky
June 8, 2009 (2009-06-08)
Veteran emergency room nurse Jackie Peyton navigates the traffic of Manhattan's All-Saints Hospital, embracing a subtle drug addiction and making tough and sometimes unethical and even illegal decisions for the "good" of her patients. Clashing with cocky young surgeon Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper and begrudgingly training naïve and perky new Nurse Zoey, Jackie maintains an extramarital romantic relationship with pharmacist Eddie to assure her ready access to prescription medication. Jackie forges an organ donor authorization to make some good of a bike messenger's death, and punishes a violent sociopath with diplomatic immunity by flushing his severed ear down the toilet. 
102[19] "Sweet 'n All[19]" Craig Zisk Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem[19] June 15, 2009 (2009-06-15)
With Sweet 'n All packets full of ground-up Percocet to get her through the day, Jackie shifts blame for the resurfaced flushed ear on rookie Zoey, and must swallow her pride and tell Coop that he had been right about diagnosing a patient's unlikely aneurysm
103[20] "Chicken Soup[20]" Craig Zisk Mark Hudis[20] June 22, 2009 (2009-06-22)
Kevin shares his concern regarding Grace's mounting anxiety with Jackie. At work, Jackie must deal with a dying man (Eli Wallach) who refuses further treatment, while Eddie faces the possibility of being replaced by an automated dispensory. Meanwhile, Zoey must work up the courage to ask for her new stethoscope back after Dr. O'Hara takes it. 
104[21] "School Nurse[21]" Steve Buscemi[21] Christine Zander[21] June 29, 2009 (2009-06-29)
Jackie and Kevin are rattled by concerns raised at a school meeting regarding Grace's psychological development. Zoey, lamenting a day of "unexciting" cases being assigned to her, ends up dealing with a key, tragic "first" every nurse must overcome. Meanwhile, Dr. O'Hara, in Jackie's absence, humorously struggles with the gushing, innocent gratitude of her young patient's twin brother. 
105[22] "Daffodil[22]" Steve Buscemi[22] Taii K. Austin[22] July 6, 2009 (2009-07-06)
It's a topsy-turvy night shift for the All-Saints staff. Jackie bucks the system to assist a 10-year-old girl caring for her lupus-stricken mother, while male bonding between Eddie and Dr. Cooper puts a damper on Jackie's usual mid-shift tryst in the pharmacy back-room. Mo-Mo spends the night simultaneously deflecting Thor's advances and enjoying the fringe benefits of Thor's crush on him. Zoey fills in for Jackie as Dr. O'Hara's dinner date while Mrs. Akalitus—exasperated by the staff's seeming-disregard for order and professionalism—finds herself in an unfortunate encounter with the wrong end of a wayward taser
106[23] "Tiny Bubbles[23]" Craig Zisk[23] Rick Cleveland[23] July 13, 2009 (2009-07-13)
A fellow nurse (Judith Ivey) and old friend of Jackie's checks into the hospital with terminal lung cancer, and asks Jackie to help end her life; Dr. Cooper's mother (Blythe Danner) is admitted with a gall bladder attack and reveals a family secret about her son's upbringing. 
107 "Steak Knife" Steve Buscemi Nancy Fichman & Jennifer Hoppe July 20, 2009 (2009-07-20)
A man is admitted to the ER with a steak knife in his chest, after an attack by the ex-husband of a woman he was dating for the first time; Mrs. Akalitus takes charge of a foundling abandoned at the nurses' station; O'Hara has a personal crisis. 
108 "Pupil" Steve Buscemi Liz Flahive July 27, 2009 (2009-07-27)
Jackie discovers that a new temp nurse is abusing drugs, but when she confronts him, he calls her on hypocrisy; Mrs. Akalitus still has the foundling infant left at the hospital; Coop reveals to Eddie that Jackie has a child. 
109 "Nosebleed" Paul Feig John Hilary Shepherd August 3, 2009 (2009-08-03)
Jackie admits a dying patient she has treated before, learns that O'Hara has betrayed her secrets to a sister in Paris, suffers a drug-induced nosebleed, and forges an organ donation form in Coop's name; the parents of the baby that Akalitus is raising come forward to reclaim their child. 
110 "Ring Finger" Paul Feig Liz Brixius August 10, 2009 (2009-08-10)
Jackie makes an unusual ploy to get Coop off her back about the fake organ donor card; O'Hara helps Jackie remove her wedding ring before a quickie with Eddie; Jackie begins mother-daughter dance lessons with Grace. 
111 "Pill O-Matix" Scott Ellis Rick Cleveland August 17, 2009 (2009-08-17)
Eddie is replaced by an automatic pill dispensing machine; Zoey administers the wrong dose of a painkiller to a movie critic (Victor Garber), who lapses into a coma. Jackie gets tossed out of the mother-daughter dance lessons after a clash with a mother whom she knew from her high school days. 
112 "Health Care and Cinema" Scott Ellis Liz Brixius & Linda Wallem August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)
Kevin invites Jackie to a midnight rendezvous in order to give her a new wedding ring; the comatose movie critic wakes up but his tastes have radically changed; Eddie learns the truth about Jackie's family; O'Hara's ailing mother is admitted.[24] 

Season 2: 2010

Episode Title Director
Original airdate
201 "Comfort Food[26]" Paul Feig[27] Linda Wallem
Liz Brixius[28]
March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22)[29]
After breaking up with Eddie, Jackie tries to reconnect with her family. However, Jackie is soon on the verge of losing it when Cooper files a formal complaint against her, Eddie overdoses and she runs dry of drugs.[25] 
202 "Twitter[30]" TBD TBD March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29)[31]

International broadcasts

Country TV Network(s) Date of Premiere Weekly Schedule
 Australia Network Ten September 13, 2009[32] Mondays, 9:30 p.m.
 Canada The Movie Network/Movie Central June 8, 2009[33] Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
 Belgium Fox Life
 France Canal +
 Greece Universal Channel
 Iceland SkjárEinn
 Ireland RTÉ Two September 15, 2009[34] Tuesdays, 9:55 p.m.
 Israel HOT3[35]
October 21, 2009[36] Wednesdays, 10:00 p.m.
 Italy Sky Uno March 5, 2010 Fridays, 9:00 p.m.
Latin America Studio Universal February 1, 2010[37] Mondays, 9:00 p.m.
Sundays, 9:00 p.m.
 Netherlands Fox Life/RTL 8
 New Zealand TV3 Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
 Norway NRK1
March 4, 2010 Thursdays, 10:30 p.m.
 Poland nSeriale
nFilm HD
nFilm HD 2
 Sweden Sveriges Television
SVT Play
October 3, 2009[38] Saturdays, 10:45 p.m.
 Turkey ComedyMax
 United Kingdom BBC TWO
January 4, 2010[39] Weekdays, 10:00 p.m. (First 5 Episodes)
Mondays, 10:00pm (Last 7 Episodes)
 Colombia Studio Universal february 1, 2010 tuesdays at 05:00,21:00 and 22:00 hs, fridays at 00:00, 05:00 and 23:00 hs, sundays at 00:00, 01:00, 05:00, 20:00 and 21:00.


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