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Nurse Jackie: Season 1
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The tone of the show is profane and darkly funny, with top-notch writing, creative camera work (including occasional special effects), and confident direction. Medical issues (running the gamut from a woman with lupus and a guy whose date's ex buried a steak knife in his chest to a senior with a stroke, gunshot victims, and beyond) are treated seriously and realistically--doctors make mistakes, and patients die. As for the various other regular characters, they're vivid and just as flawed as Jackie is, but the focus is nearly always on Falco, as it should be. Bonus material includes two audio commentary tracks and a couple of five-minute featurettes. --Sam Graham
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Jackie is a full time nurse in a public hospital in New York City. Like most nurses and emergency medical workers, she is overworked and underpaid and trying to make do with what life has handed to her. On the surface, she is hardworking nurse who is a loving mother of two little girls and a devoted wife to Kevin Payton who runs a local bar. Scratch the surface just a little bit and the perfect facade peels away to reveal a drug addicted adulterer who regularly breaks the laws in order to suit her own perceived morals.
Nurse Jackie tackles quite a few heavy subjects during its initial season including assisted suicide, underage children caring for their parents, as well as the rigors of raising children who aren't quite perfect. Medical dramas are a dime a dozen and the comedy versions just always seem to be lacking substance, however the staff writers of Nurse Jackie do a masterful job of mixing the heavy subjects in with very lighthearted, almost slapstick humor.
While the Peyton household hasn't been expanded on very much (honestly you could replace the husband and two little girls with bricks and you probably wouldn't notice much difference), the hospital staff shines in every way. Doctor O'Hara is the archetypal rich doctor as well as the "straight man" for most of Jackie's exploits. While her character was explored a little bit in season one, there wasn't a lot invested yet. Doctor Cooper is the hotshot doctor straight out of Med School looking to make his mark.Read more ›
Nurses aren't saints..we are professionals who want to be compensated for the work we do. And we're human. Sometimes, we're tired and cranky. Quite often, we're frustrated with a system that is more about the bottom line than actual patients. That's why Nurse Jackie rocks..because Jackie for all her faults and cynicism still gives a crap. She is a good nurse, and her faults can't change that.
I also enjoy the student nurse character..very realistic.LOL, she has that "deer in the headlights" look that we all had starting out..
But like the proverbial onion, Jackie has layers, and like another of my favorite Showtime eponymous characters, Dexter Gordon, Jackie is not by any stretch "all evil" and she is never, ever boring.
Jackie's an adulterous druggie - but she's more. Years of having to literally manhandle patients in the Emergency Room more than twice her size have left Jackie with an aching back, and she could pursue more permanent treatment, but she and her family need this week's paycheck, so she masks her painful back with ill-gotten hard stuff. Merritt Wever plays Zoey, a young nurse who is everything Jackie is not - naïve, inexperienced, and as likely to want to cuddle her patients as treat them. The interactions between the experienced Jackie and the still-learning Zoey are one of the cornerstones of the show.
Jackie does things on the other side of "ethical", but like Robin Hood, she does them because her heart is in the right place. She knows desperate patients wait for potential donors, so when a brain-dead bicycle courier is brought to her ER, Jackie forges the dying man's signature onto an organ donor card.
If she sees nurses or doctors doing wrong or even not doing as well as they should, Jackie gets in their face. She is not the touchy-feely one in her department. But she is the one the others go to if they're in a tough spot.
Eve Best plays Dr.Read more ›
But I say Nurse Jackie's revenge is Seinfeldian because we're talking about little daily trials and tribulations that real people are expected to just deal with if you are to remain in civil society. I mean, have you noticed that she is essentially giving us the finger - but with a syringe instead of her middle finger? If not, don't feel bad - it took me longer than I care to admit to see it.
Nurse Jackie's life motto seems to be: Don't Get Mad; Get Even. While that is not really a good way to live, it is entertaining AS HELL to watch a character be on television.
I will use an example and not tell you which patient so as not to spoil, but on the episode that won me over, on her way home she encounters a person that reminds her of her patient that just died. She looks at him very sincerely and says "Be Careful." He looks at her like "Who do you think you are, my mother?" and says "F- you!" She doesn't even blink, just kneels down and does something that pretty much ensures that he will either be having an accident of his own, or just a really rotten evening. I mean she doesn't even think about it!
Am I a bad person because I thought that was freakin' hilarious? Possibly. But one of the first things she says on the show is a prayer - and I guess it would be the show's motto - "God, make me good; but not yet." It TELLS you that she is in no way supposed to be a role model, or an example of a typical emergency-room nurse. I imagine she is as typical a nurse as Nancy Botwin is a typical suburban single mother.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sometimes rather confusing going from season to season.Published 18 days ago by Kathryn B. Gartland
So curious on where this show ends up.....can't stop watching!Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Wild from the start....Love the twists and turns....cannot believe what Jackie does and with such a straight facePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer