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I work with Nurses and Edie Falco does Nurse Jackie perfectly. Earthy,
gritty, with hard hitting humor and heartbreaking drama. Sure, it may
be derivative but it's seriously well done, and realistic, too.
I loved the first episode and they had me five minutes in. That's pretty amazing. I already feel like I've known Nurse Jackie for years, I understand her, I feel what she feels, and I know why she feels that way.
You guys did that with one episode. I'm impressed.
Even the supporting characters seem real, as well as the patients, and nothing comes across as rushed or hurried. The director is taking his time, getting it right.
I'm sure this will be an instant hit.
I saw an ad for this series and didn't think I would like it. And it turned out it has the most brilliant pilot in my opinion. I love the subtle, undertone jokes. The drama is quite real, unlike, soap-opera "grey's anatomy." You get enough taste of every character and the things that nurses would have to deal with their job. I think the script is brilliantly written. If you expect typical hospital drama, you may not like this show. The humor is off-beat and quirky. This is the only show that I eagerly wait each week. Great characters and casts. I just wish the episodes are longer than 30 minutes and more than 10/12 episodes a season. I'm a big fan.
WOW. I watched episode 1 of Nurse Jackie this morning OnDemand. I LOVE
her INSTANTLY! Edie Falco has brought to life a character I can really
enjoy. The supporting cast is not full of stereo-typicals, and they
compliment the show. I am so looking forward to next weeks' episode! I
have heard a lot of comparisons of Nurse Jackie to Dr Gregory House. I
doubt any of these critics watched the show. Being injured & dependent
on Pain Meds is where the likeness ends. Dr. House is a louse. Nurse
Jackie CARES. She has HEART. She FEELS. The show reminds me of the
original E/R from way-back-when. The one with Elliot Gould, Jason
Alexander & baby-face ACE...a young George Clooney. I really enjoyed
that show too.
If the show were real, I would trust Nurse Jackie with my life...just not my Pain Medication. Please give this show a real chance & watch it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I must say give a big thumbs up for the new hit Showtime series "Nurse
Jackie" which features one of the best and most hard working TV
actresses around Edie Falco. Unlike Edie's award winning days as
Carmela Soprano the elegant and naive mob housewife on HBO's "The
Sopranos" this time her character is more blue collar yet she still has
a dark nature to her no matter how caring she is. Edie is Jackie Peyton
a nurse who charms and lights it up in this dark natured and raw funny
comedy series one of the better made for TV in a long time.
Jackie is tough and outspoken and tells the doctors like it is in the ER she certainly has a caring heart for all patients. Yet she's hardly a saint her life and work doesn't come without problems for one she's trying to cope with a bad back that gives her chronic pain. This problem has lead her to become a pill popping and snorting addict which the scenes vividly display. Also she's having a bump and grind love affair with the hospital pharmacist(Paul Schulze)who's also her pill provider. Also the drama is always at an interesting and tense pacing while she deals with Dr. Cooper(Peter Facinelli)who's a cocky young hotshot who thinks he knows it all. Plus juggling a friendship with a gay nurse and fellow co worker Mo-Mo(Haaz Sleiman)as with most jobs she also puts up with a wicked witch of a supervisor who's watches her every move and turn while she trains up and coming nurses. And to top all that off she has her marriage to manage with hubby(Dominic Fumusa)and plus raise her two daughters.
So that sounds like some interesting stuff for the goings and happenings of a New York city hospital and it shows that this is one nurse with a complex and mixed up life. As always Falco shines and the supporting cast blends in well, it looks like Showtime has found another winner for a TV series. This is one drama that shows the pains and drama stress of real life and it shows how it's connected with work life something that many can relate to. So big thumbs up for this smart, outspoken, and visually raw and emotionally affecting new series.
I will admit, I didn't have much hopes for this show, due to my own
ingrained prejudices. Halfway through season one, I was hooked and now
I genuinely think it is one of the best shows I have seen (nothing will
ever quite match up to The Wire however). This show is SO funny, dark,
serious and perfectly blends gritty drama with laugh out loud comedy.
It is an important show for me for many reasons, Nurse Jackie, played by Edie Falco (incredible) is the first female protagonist I have seen in a while who isn't incredibly hot and 2 dimensionally fleshed out as a character. She is attractive but regular, and most importantly flawed. She is a real woman, a sort of anti-hero. She compares to typical protagonists like Tony Soprano, Walter White and Jimmy McNulty, but is female and it is so refreshing to see realistic representations of women on screen, (along with the support cast).
I've watched it all now, and I can say she does some despicable things, and we get to learn how she works which makes you squirm, but she also does amazing things for her patients. She's an addict.
For me this show wins out on it's portrayal of women as real people with real lives and personalities, and real/representative faces and bodies. Men are also portrayed well, with screen time showing them concerned with their futures as husbands/fathers as well as their careers. This show does really well to subvert the patriarchal traditional stereotype of how we see women and men portrayed on the screen, and I for one have been crying out for a show like this. Amazing! I only wish more shows could be as progressive as this.
I thought Showtime's new series"Nurse Jackie" started off with good
intentions and held promise but truth be known, I had little faith in
it. It felt like a vehicle for its star, Edie Falco and though I
respect her work, I couldn't understand how she could allow herself to
get involved with a show that felt a little half baked.
Now a little over a month since its premiere, I'm warming up to a lot (but not all) of "Nurse Jackie" and it's not just because of Falco. The eccentricities are feeling less forced and more integrated. A lot of the actors are really coming into focus and are more appealing. I particularly like Merritt Wever's Zoey Barkow, a trainee nurse under Falco's seasoned Nurse Jackie. She's soft, likable and sincere without being cloying. She's cute in an unforced way. We root for her through our understanding of being in her shoes more than once (the newbie amongst the vets). Wever gets us on her side subtly without forcing any of her bits. She's a real charmer. Eve Best's Dr O'Hara is another winner. Like a lot of my initial reaction to "Nurse Jackie", I thought her character being British was just too much "odd-ballness" for one show that seemed to be trying too hard to be offbeat. But like Wever, she's showing shadings in her character without over doing it (i.e. the episode where she saved the twin brother. Her acceptance of the twin's artwork was priceless. She showed that she understood how clueless she was in how to handle the situation but handled it anyway.) And the dinner conversation between her and Zoey was inspired. Her reaction to Zoey's revelation about her father being in prison for manslaughter was priceless and made me laugh out loud. I'm not completely sold on Anna Deavere Smith's Gloria Akalitis but I think I'm getting there. The shrill, office administrator part can be a difficult one to play. It can become one note very quickly. I don't really like her pratfalls such as her being zapped by the taser. They seem beneath her and don't work. On the male side, "Nurse Jackie" has been even more of a mixed bag. Haaz Sleiman's 'Mo-Mo' is fine. He's a solid, believable presence. Anyone who has worked with a homosexual man knows that he's getting it right. Peter Facinelli's Dr. Fitch Cooper (or "Coop", as he's insisting people call him) is a good, live wire. Unlike Noah Wyle's Dr. John Carter on "ER", (who seemed to be falling asleep even as his stories became more and more super melodramatic) "Coop" is very much alive and seemingly off kilter. Like Dr. O'Hara, I didn't (and don't) like his supposed tourette syndrome habit of grabbing women when he was stressed as it felt (and feels) too forced. But as a character (and thanks to Facinelli's performance), he's more than one note. I'm not thrilled with the other two male characters in the show: Paul Schulze's Eddie Walzer and Jackie's husband, played by Dominic Fumusa. Schulze's Eddie is the hospital pharmacist who is "prescribing" Jackie the drugs (painkillers) that she's seen taking at regular intervals and is having a sexual relationship with. There's something about Jackie's drug habit and her affair that doesn't ring true in the show. Perhaps it looked good on paper, to give Jackie a very specific quirk. But as played, it's feels out of place. Eddie's role is underwritten: we're not sure what Jackie's real feelings are for him: drugs, sex, both? When none of them really seem to be that important to her, his role feels unnecessary. As for her husband, Kevin, Dominic Fumusa is too good looking to be believable. He's a romance novel authors idea of a husband rather than the reality that someone in Jackie's situation would likely be in. He's too much the stay at home father (though he owns a bar), painfully aware of his eldest daughter's anxieties and trying to make Jackie aware of it. I think the writers were trying for a gender role reversal here by having Jackie be the one who is cheating while Kevin is the doting, attentive caregiver but it's not really working. It's not Fumusa's fault (though he's bland) but more Falco's. Falco's Nurse Jackie may well have been envisioned as a depiction of a flawed but human women trying to balance so much in her life that she's resorted to drug use to get through her day. The show as well as the role, has the feel of being workshopped: the actors might have been able to work with the writers in developing all the elements of their respective characters. While that's fine, what one actor thinks might make for an interesting character to play doesn't always project that way to the audience. Nurse Jackie's no slouch. We're with her right from the start. She's strong, committed and human to us and it is immediately apparent. We don't need the additions of obvious flaws like the drug use and the affair to tell us that. All of this is thanks to Falco. With those expressive, yearning eyes, she's got the weary look of someone who's been through (and seen) a lot but still has the time and patience to care even if she's spent.
Watching "Nurse Jackie" is like watching a tight rope walker: I'm hoping for the best, that the show will make it across while at the same time, I won't be surprised if it falls apart because the whole show is trying something new and not conventional. For that, we should be thankful. I'm just hoping it does not turn out to be a one season wonder.
Halfway through season one and I have developed an unexpected fondness
for this dry, subtle and somewhat dark medical drama.
The show is centred around tough and candid Nurse Jackie who juggles her work, boyfriend, husband and kids all whilst dealing with her secret addiction to pain killers.
Nurse Jackie moves away from the typical soap opera territory where many hospital based dramas reside and in so, does not rely on outrageous medical situations nor heroic, attractive doctors to capture its viewers.
The true triumph of Nurse Jackie is its intriguing characters and outstanding acting, without exception, from the cast.
Edie Falco portrays every dimension of her character with real conviction. Despite Jackie's complicated domestic life and obvious addiction, she is a surprisingly stable and strong character. Just six episodes in and I'm gripped by her story.
Alongside Falco, Merritt Weaver plays enthusiastic nursing student Zoe. Impressionable and talkative, Zoe renders a perfect counterpart to Jackie and has provided some of the shows funniest moments. Eva Best plays Jackie's best friend and eccentric British Doctor Eleanor O'Hara. Much like Jackie, O'Hara is contempt and bitter yet instantly likable. Another great performance comes from Peter Facinelli who plays Fitch Cooper, a new doctor who is confident and smug despite his inappropriate groping impulse.
Whilst I am a big fan of the beautiful doctor love-fest that is Grey's Anatomy and the laugh-a-minute cry-a-minute comedy drama Scrubs, Nurse Jackie (so far) is a refreshing change of pace from typical medical dramas. The show is dark yet hilarious with outlandish yet realistic characters. The episodes are well measured in their half-hour slot, each with individual and on-going stories.
Nurse Jackie maybe lacklustre for fans of hard-hitting, edge-of-seat dramas, however the show is smart and gritty and certainly has potential.
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Good premise. Decent first season. Then, not unlike too many other
shows that start out with a lot of potential Nurse Jackie quickly runs
off the rails and never gets back on track. This show suffers from the
all-too-typical "caricatures rather than characters" syndrome. There
are simply too many one dimensional cartoon characters in this show to
even begin to take it seriously. "Coop". Zoey. Thor. All cartoonish
immature 1 dimensional clowns. And that's simply unacceptable. So is
its schizo nature of taking itself way too seriously then not taking
itself seriously enough. And so is the problem of having no one to
really care that much about. So in short, this show is neither here nor
there, and as such, the net result is a big waste of time.
Furthermore the continuity from one season to the next is hands down THE WORST of any TV series I've ever seen. It's like the writers/directors/editors/producers were all on PCP. The gaps and unexplained events from one season to the next are appalling and any semblance of suspension of disbelief is totally destroyed.
But possibly the biggest problem with this show is that it SEEMS to be focusing on addiction, when in fact, it's the lead character is a sociopath who is also an addict. Jackie has no conscience whatsoever, and her persistent incorrigible behavior makes it impossible to want anything for her except incarceration. Rarely has one TV character generated so much hatred.
My suggestion? Please...pull the plug on this rotting comatose vegetable already.
When I heard that Edie Falco was in another TV drama I definitely had
to check it out. I had hoped the writing was good, and I wasn't
disappointed. Edie Falco as Nurse Jackie is brilliant as usual. She was
great in The Sopranos and she doesn't disappoint in this. She is so
gifted, she could make an alphabet recitation interesting. The
character Jackie is troubled, complex and caring and she draws you in.
The storyline is complex as I'm sure the character arcs will be.
It's refreshing to see a drama with the central focus on a nurse. I tire of the hero worship of doctors on TV and film. Obviously many TV and film writers have little idea generally speaking of what most hospital doctors are like. I can appreciate certain parts of this show since I have been an RN myself for many years. Nurses of course are highly under-appreciated and underpaid.
Eve Best also plays an excellent character as Dr. Eleanor O'Hara. I look forward to her appearance each episode.
This is not a hospital soap opera like "Greys Anatomy" or "ER". It's quirky and complex. I am really looking forward to this show having a long run. I hope Edie Falco continues to get quality roles in her career. She is remarkable.
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I watched the first five seasons on cable and watched the last two on
Netflix. I am a registered nurse (for 39+ yrs). I was a huge fan of the
show's initial seasons. I had great hopes for it.
I give the series high marks for realism, with the exception of Jackie's ability to be a super clinician when high. I worked with impaired nurses throughout my career. I have been manipulated, used and lied to. I have been set up. I have had to fire a nursing aide for coming to work drunk in a hospice for a night shift. I have been Thor, Zoe and Akalitus. Their roles are painfully accurate beyond description.
The performances are five-stars throughout. I could go on and on about individuals but I think giving everyone an A+ in the ensemble is as big a compliment as I can give.
My major disappointment is with the writing. The humor and repartee of the earlier seasons were the perfect counterpoints to Jackie's selfish depravity. In fact, when I have worked with impaired nurses, the atmosphere tended to be just that. Some impaired nurses are masters of distraction by way of entertainment. They hook their coworkers on the drugged personality, not so much on the quality of the nursing. I think the ending of the series would have much more effective if the train had bustled along those quick-witted rails with less kudos for Jackie's nursing expertise. In fact, it would have been truer to life if she had gradually screwed up more often on the job.
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