Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie Information

Nurse Jackie is an American series that premiered on June 8, 2009, on Showtime, Movie Central and The Movie Network.

The series stars Edie Falco as the title character Jackie Peyton, an emergency room nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York City. For Jackie, "Every day is a high wire act of juggling patients, doctors, fellow nurses and her own indiscretions."


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. Showtime ordered an initial 12 episodes. 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."

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. Showtime immediately picked up the series for a second season. Season Three premiered on Showtime on March 28, 2011. On May 23, 2011, Showtime ordered a fourth season of Nurse Jackie. A fifth season was ordered on May 31, 2012, and production is set to begin in late 2012. The season 4 finale aired on June 17, 2012 Season 5 is set to premiere on April 14, 2013.



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." 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"; Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli), "a likable 'golden boy' whose calm façade hides a nervous disposition"; Eddie (Paul Schulze), a pharmacist with whom Jackie is having an affair; and male nurse Mo-Mo (Haaz Sleiman).

Other characters include the officious hospital administrator Mrs. Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), Jackie's bar-owner husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), 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 characters

Name Portrayed by Seasons
1 2 3 4
Jackie Peyton, RN Edie Falco Main
Eleanor O'Hara MD Eve Best Main
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 Main
Mohammed "Mo-Mo" de la Cruz, RN Haaz Sleiman Main

Recurring characters

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. Michael Cruz
Jake Cannavale Charlie Cruz


Critical reception

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


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."


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.

Awards and nominations

Golden Globe Awards

  • 2011 Nomination for Best Television Series-Musical/Comedy
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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)
  • 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

Country TV Network(s) Date of Premiere Weekly Schedule
Albanian Screen
Network Ten
September 13, 2009
January 11, 2011
February 16, 2011
Mondays, 9:30 pm
Tuesdays, 11:30 p.m
Wednesdays, 8:30 pm
ORF eins January 10, 2011 Mondays, 10:00 pm
La Deux
June 5, 2011 Sundays, 8:30 pm
TV7 Fridays, 10:00 pm
The Movie Network/Movie Central June 8, 2009 Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/9 p.m. PT
FOX Life September 7, 2011 Wednesday, 10:00 pm
TV2 Zulu
Nelonen September 13, 2010 Mondays, 10 p.m.
[[Canal +]] April 1, 2010 Thursdays, 10:30 p.m
TNT Serie (Season 1"2) September 1, 2011
RTL Nitro (Season 1"4) April 2, 2012 Monday, 9.00 pm
Universal Channel, SKAI
FX Fridays, 5:00 pm
RT"? Two September 15, 2009 Tuesdays, 9:55 pm
October 21, 2009 Mondays, 10:35 pm
Sky Uno March 5, 2010 Fridays, 9:00 pm
WOWOW October 9, 2010
December 25, 2011 (Season 3)
Saturdays, 11:50 pm
Sundays, 11:25 am
Fox Life November 16, 2011 Wednesdays, 8:00 pm
Latin America Studio Universal February 1, 2010
February 1, 2010
February 7, 2010
Mondays, 9:00 pm
Sundays, 9:00 pm
Fox Life/RTL 8
TV3 Tuesdays, 9:30 pm
March 4, 2010 Thursdays, 10:30 pm
nPremium HD
nFilm HD
nFilm HD 2
Universal Channel
TVP Seriale
September 1, 2009

May 12, 2010
January 13, 2011

Thursdays, 10:35 pm
Fox Life Thursdays, 9:25 pm
Universal Channel
FOX Life September 7, 2011 Wednesday, 10:00 pm
Sveriges Television
SVT Play
October 3, 2009 Saturdays, 10:45 pm
BBC Two (seasons 1"2)
Sky Atlantic (seasons 3–)
January 4, 2010
July 5, 2011
Saturdays, 10:40 p.m (Season 2) Jan 22, 2011+
Tuesdays, 10:00 pm (Season 3)
Fox Life
Calle 13
Calle 13 HD
April 8, 2010 Thursdays, 9:30 pm

Foreign versions

  • The Netherlands: Charlie: A Dutch remake of Nurse Jackie is being made for Dutch TV Network, Nederland 3. Starring Halina Reijn, Katja Schuurman, Theo Maassen and Benja Bruijning, the show starts airing on March 13th 2013.

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