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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 16, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
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  • Summary: Jada Pinkett Smith is Christina Hawthorne, the head nurse at Richmond Trinity Hospital, who recently lost her husband to illness.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 12
  2. Negative: 3 out of 12
  1. While some subplots are trite (a nurse turns down a paramedic’s romantic overtures, saying she’s “damaged goods"), the premiere hums along whenever Hawthorne is driving it.
  2. Smith is a winning TV star who's adept at scenes that require great empathy or a withering stare. Given time (and more realistic characterizations), Hawthorne may grow into a series worthy of her talents.
  3. The pieces are in place for a solid drama-with-humor, the kind that cable channels are serving like aspirin these days. The problem is this show hasn't quite figured out yet how to integrate all the components into a uniform tone and direction.
  4. 50
    HawthoRNe seems bent on being reverential, complete with musical montages meant to break our hearts. It's not awful, by any means, just too good to be true.
  5. 40
    What might have otherwise been a worthy effort seems pallid and wheezing compared to the acid-etched Nurse Jackie.
  6. Reviewed by: Randee Dawn
    The medical drama is so pervasive on TV both past and present that any new one must fight to stand out, and though Hawthorne's nurse angle is fresh, the plots barely reach subpar "St. Elsewhere" territory.
  7. 12
    Pinkett Smith is an engaging actress, but even her formidable energy can't liven up this sodden drama.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 30
  2. Negative: 16 out of 30
  1. SheriB.
    Aug 29, 2009
    Love this show!
  2. L.F.
    Jun 17, 2009
    I loved every moment of the show. I felt all emotions. I can't wait for next week.
  3. Joan
    Jun 17, 2009
    Surprised at some of the poor reviews. I liked the show...the characters were interesting, the plot lines were engaging and moved along nicely, and the acting was first-rate. I hope this show gets the chance it deserves considering the excellent people both in front of and behind the camera. Expand
  4. JacquelineS
    Jul 10, 2009
    Hawthorne has potential. I looked forward to watching the series partially because it is the first nighttime drama series that features a non-white lead. So kudos to the network for showing this type of progressive thinking. I am not sure Jada knows where her strength lay. I believe she needs to take a gut check . Like the character,Hawthorne, Jada seems to be searching for an identity. She appears to have the potential, skill and acting ability but I do not feel her...she just does not come. Expand
  5. phineasb.
    Aug 11, 2009
    Dreadful but tolerable. The supporting actors are all refreshing and I hope to see them in other, more worthy shows in the future, but Pinkett-Smith is a huge disappointment. She seems to have only one or two facial expressions (except when she's overacting and screaming, as in the ads) It seems there isn't much in the way of story line, just Jada trying to be cute or sexy with an attitude. Give me ER, Grey's Anatomy, or even General Hospital. Expand
  6. BoydC.
    Aug 12, 2009
    This show is bad. Very predictable and corny storylines. There is obviously no medical direction from real medical professionals. I've worked as a nurse in a hospital and never encountered any of these situations. They try and take typical nursing realities ie. overworked and underappreciated and throw it all out of proportion. Even interactions between nurses and doctors are way out of proportion with reality. Some of the plots are absurd and way overboard as if trying to copy some of the funky plot lines reminiscent of ER. Although I do appreciate the show trying to convey the abilities of well trained nurses with a strong knowledge base equivalent to other medical professionals with higher credentials, I've never seen a renegade nurse run from department to department ruling the roost. I actually watch this show for the comedic value of how bad it is. Remember when people used to watch bad soap operas just to crack up laughing at how tacky and rediculous they were? This is in the same category. Ha. Expand
  7. Aug 9, 2011
    This show is so bad I get annoyed watching the commercials. The acting is terrible as is the writing. All I can think is that Mrs Smiths husband is so powerful that he has secured this show for her. It seems that each episode is merely a vehicle for flaunting Jada's non existent skills as an actress. Expand

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