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Nurse Jackie

the series philosopher Nurse Jackie wikiNurse Jackie is an American medical dark satirical comedy-drama series. It premiered on Showtime, Movie Central, and The Movie Network, on June 8th, 2009.

The show stars Edie Falco (Oz, The Sopranos, Horace and Pete) as the title character Jackie Peyton, an emergency department 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.”

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, New Girl), a jubilant, but inexperienced nursing student from a community college, who “is the perfect foil for Jackie’s sharp angles”;
  • Dr. Cooper (Peter Facinelli, Six Feet Under, Glee, Damages), “a likable ‘golden boy’ whose calm façade hides a nervous disposition”;
  • and Eddie (Paul Schulze, 24, The Sopranos), a pharmacist with whom Jackie is having an affair.

Other characters include the officious hospital administrator Mrs. Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith, The West Wing), Jackie’s bar-owner husband Kevin (Dominic Fumusa), their daughters Grace (Ruby Jerins, Six Degrees) 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 (Cybill).

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