Binge Guide

Weekly Binge: Nurse Jackie

by | April 8, 2015 | Comments

Hello, Nurse! Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, returning on Apr. 12 for its seventh and final season, is a show on many people’s “I’m gonna get to that” list. It’s totally binge-worthy, so here’s what you need to know before starting. Could be just what the doctor — er, nurse — ordered.


Nurse Jackie

Nurse Jackie
What’s the premise? A pill-popping nurse in a frenzied New York City hospital struggles to keep a handle on her addiction and deal with a destructing marriage while tending to patients in need.

What’s it like? Sort of like a Grey’s Anatomy on steroids (or Vicodin, Xanax, Oxycontin, Adderall, or Percocet), Nurse Jackie has become a reference point for shows dubbed “dramedies.” Its charming treatment of real-life anguish steers viewers into a place of hope, connecting us to these wondrous and fragile characters. Due to its succinct thirty minute episodes, Jackie often ends up on “comedy” lists for award nominations, but its comedy is fueled by an honest portrayal of tragedy, with stand-out comedic performances by Merritt Weaver (Zoey) and Anna Deavere Smith (Gloria Akalitus).

Where can I see it? Nurse Jackie can be found on Showtime (online with subscription), Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, iTunes, Google Play, Xbox Video, and XFinity by Comcast. All six seasons are also available on DVD/Blu-Ray for all you old-schoolers. Season seven premieres Apr. 12, on Showtime.

How long will it take? There are six seasons and a total of 66 episodes. With each episode running around 30 minutes, it’ll take you a total of 33 hours. You may want to schedule a visiting nurse to bring you food and fluff your pillows while you watch.

What do the critics think? Nurse Jackie is Fresh as far as the critics are concerned. Season one is Certified Fresh at 95 percent, while seasons two through five are 75 percent, 80 percent, 100 percent and 71 percent respectively on the Tomatometer. Season six drops a bit to 67%. Over the years, critics have responded positively to the show. Of season five, Matthew Gilbert from the Boston Globe said, “It’s honest, credible, trustworthy storytelling.” Matt Roush of TV Guide reviewed season four, calling it “one of TV’s most uncompromising dark comedies.” Of season one, Popmatters’ Michael Abernathy said Nurse Jackie “offers both gripping drama and outrageous comedy.” Since its debut in 2009, Nurse Jackie has been a standout work that has fans and critics laughing and crying along.

Why should I watch this? In the role of Nurse Jackie, Edie Falco has been nominated for five Emmys, one of which she won in 2010 (the show itself won three additional Emmys), and she’s also been nominated for six SAG Awards and four Golden Globes. But one stellar performance is not reason enough to get addicted to a TV series. Excellent supporting players and gripping scripts make Nurse Jackie a winner with its perfectly balanced combination of funny and sad. Many may suspect that Nurse Jackie is more of a “women’s show,” but the issues of addiction and adultery resonate across genders. And ultimately what keeps everyone coming back is the biting hilarity of the dialogue.

What’s my next step? Edie Falco’s award-winning performance on The Sopranos should be your first step. Grey’s Anatomy is an obvious choice for those who are addicted to medical dramas. And another current medical drama is NBC’s The Night Shift. Highly recommended, though, is the short-lived Laura Dern- and Mike White-created TV show Enlightened, which has a similar tone to Nurse Jackie. For those who enjoy more traditional medical dramas, there’s ER, Chicago Hope and the short runs of Trauma Center and Monday Mornings, but for sitcom-style medical antics, try Scrubs. Jackie costar Peter Facinelli can now be seen on American Odyssey. Fans of the show should also enjoy the Certifed Fresh shows The Good Wife and The Knick, which stars Clive Owen as the cocaine-addled Dr. Thackery in turn-of-the-century New York City. On the film side, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest is worth watching for its critique of healthcare institutions and Erin Brockovich shows another funny-yet-serious depiction of strong women making a difference.

Tag Cloud

Britbox SDCC Song of Ice and Fire Chernobyl Holiday football cancelled television HBO rotten indiana jones Tubi AMC streaming Spike a nightmare on elm street OneApp Avengers screenings Universal Lifetime The Witch foreign what to watch PBS GIFs Teen remakes Pet Sematary Amazon Studios Funimation sitcom worst movies war stop motion TCM docudrama CMT NYCC cooking Sundance Now disaster cancelled TV series dogs natural history FX on Hulu Shudder romantic comedy crime Crunchyroll richard e. Grant Classic Film documentaries GoT Summer Elton John science fiction cars cats Marvel Television TCA 2017 Polls and Games The Walking Dead Lucasfilm Academy Awards Sundance TIFF Reality 2018 Set visit Netflix Christmas movies Family SundanceTV Paramount screen actors guild Fox News Film Election LGBTQ Cartoon Network 20th Century Fox game of thrones name the review die hard batman scorecard ABC indie comics emmy awards diversity hispanic CW Seed movies Marvel 24 frames Kids & Family mission: impossible ghosts YouTube BET Awards Premiere Dates Amazon Prime Video Hear Us Out Sundance TV animated casting X-Men Trophy Talk President comedies 007 Netflix Box Office toronto Tomatazos Mystery robots Best and Worst Cannes cinemax nature Quiz reviews E3 Oscars FX crossover historical drama green book dramedy FOX Year in Review Turner tv talk spain jamie lee curtis 72 Emmy Awards zombies Infographic WGN spinoff Disney+ Disney Plus YouTube Red RT History Awards breaking bad dc Star Wars Pixar Stephen King travel children's TV worst versus teaser Mary Poppins Returns superhero witnail American Society of Cinematographers RT21 Video Games blaxploitation Sony Pictures Martial Arts laika strong female leads DC Universe DirecTV news Spring TV series Tumblr HBO Go Marvel Studios talk show sports Baby Yoda Countdown cancelled Endgame Adult Swim Music Travel Channel Mary Tyler Moore Christmas award winner Sneak Peek period drama Western Certified Fresh PlayStation christmas movies Discovery Channel Character Guide anime Heroines GLAAD A24 Starz Toys Nominations Masterpiece Rock Calendar San Diego Comic-Con vampires canceled TV shows spider-man classics Fall TV slashers History political drama Thanksgiving critics Crackle El Rey psychological thriller festival police drama Pop TV sag awards boxoffice CBS hist Hallmark venice zombie SXSW binge Reality Competition 2016 finale New York Comic Con Esquire WarnerMedia LGBT Nat Geo Lionsgate obituary based on movie documentary Disney streaming service 45 Rom-Com TBS Country halloween TNT ESPN Mindy Kaling medical drama 21st Century Fox justice league movie ITV composers Podcast south america stoner spanish language Syfy concert Fantasy Ovation Shondaland The Arrangement singing competition FXX Amazon Prime Apple TV Plus revenge Turner Classic Movies space Paramount Network Ellie Kemper Winners OWN Marathons Apple TV+ Awards Tour universal monsters Extras Drama Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Pride Month Hulu nfl USA National Geographic VICE Action adventure BBC One Animation directors films Television Academy IFC Opinion Trivia Schedule Columbia Pictures Brie Larson DC Comics golden globes child's play See It Skip It comic technology Creative Arts Emmys Disney Plus Vudu Warner Bros. Dark Horse Comics TCA free movies Logo Photos Ghostbusters Comics on TV IFC Films Horror Black Mirror Arrowverse VH1 71st Emmy Awards Disney Women's History Month stand-up comedy CNN game show Winter TV Disney Channel HBO Max sequel thriller asian-american BBC America toy story PaleyFest Freeform 2017 Acorn TV Cosplay Pirates The CW TCA Awards Comedy Central canceled sequels Grammys Bravo TV Land unscripted transformers Biopics dragons A&E Showtime werewolf Pop Tarantino twilight dceu Super Bowl Amazon Holidays video The Purge cops Writers Guild of America adaptation scary movies biography MSNBC romance Interview 4/20 First Look Rocketman Valentine's Day Mary poppins Superheroes television Trailer Musical DC streaming service satire ratings criterion serial killer Comic Book cancelled TV shows Anna Paquin TV facebook MCU crime thriller video on demand APB zero dark thirty E! hollywood Peacock Mudbound doctor who rotten movies we love franchise ABC Family Lifetime Christmas movies Star Trek discovery 2019 VOD latino psycho social media dark USA Network reboot chucky fast and furious NBC nbcuniversal Television Critics Association Apple miniseries Black History Month comiccon YouTube Premium quibi Captain marvel anthology CBS All Access joker renewed TV shows MTV Watching Series Emmy Nominations festivals Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt best 2020 aliens TCA Winter 2020 BET cartoon Nickelodeon book Food Network Rocky Emmys mutant First Reviews Walt Disney Pictures Comedy elevated horror YA Film Festival spy thriller TV renewals BBC supernatural Spectrum Originals BAFTA kids Epix DGA 2015 TLC harry potter Red Carpet Binge Guide Musicals all-time Hallmark Christmas movies politics true crime TruTV Sci-Fi independent blockbuster parents Superheroe crime drama cults theme song mockumentary