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A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas.
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Series cast summary:
 Jackie Peyton (80 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Zoey Barkow (80 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Eddie Walzer (80 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Kevin Peyton (79 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Grace Peyton (79 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Thor Lundgren (79 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Gloria Akalitus (78 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Dr. Fitch Cooper (73 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Fiona Peyton (66 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Dr. Eleanor O'Hara (51 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Sam (35 episodes, 2009-2012)
 Dr. Carrie Roman (34 episodes, 2013-2015)
 Nurse (34 episodes, 2010-2015)


A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas.

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Release Date:

8 June 2009 (USA)  »

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Untitled Edie Falco Project  »

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Dominic Furmusa and Aida Turturro, like Edie Falco and Paul Schulze, also appeared in The Sopranos. See more »


Referenced in South Park: Funnybot (2011) See more »

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Compelling Story of a High Functioning Addict
26 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My dad is an alcoholic and I am so tired of trying to explain to people how someone who is as smart and accomplished as he is can be an addict.

When I first discovered this show, I was disappointed. I thought this was just a House knockoff that would show the addiction as sort of a cute character quick which just served to humanize Nurse Jackie.

Over time, I watched the show evolve into a sensitive portrayal of a high functioning addict; a woman who can take a handful of pills that would knock another person off their feet and continue to execute her job well. She loves her kids but continues to choose drugs over their happiness. She tells so many lies so well, you wonder if she even knows what the truth is. Over the seasons I watched her get everything back together only to mysteriously throw it all out the window.

It was all so true.

I noticed another reviewer who thought this was AA propaganda. I would say to that person, keep watching. I love how after she "recovers" she just uses all the AA bullshit to continue to use. "One day at a time" she'll say to someone on the phone as she pops a handful of uppers down her throat. Wow, she is a master manipulator. I thought it was quite an indictment of the AA crap myself.

The friendships and the strains on them, too, are all too real. I like how her friends just hit the point where they stop believing anything she says, but they still love her - just distance themselves for their own safety.

As a daughter of a user, the first seasons were the hardest. I could very much relate to Grace when she was young, not so much for the specific afflictions but more because of how she took in the emotions around her and developed illnesses and problems related to them without really knowing why. It was hard to see it, and rang true even though it was sort of over the top.

I also like the religious imagery and names: Akalitus, Grace, etc. I thought these echoed the themes well even though Catholicism isn't my bag.

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