• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 8, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 80
    It’s a remarkable performance in its straightforward simplicity; she’s like a feral animal ferociously protecting her secrets.
  2. It’s a treat being able to enjoy their black comedies back-to-back Monday nights, but “Nurse” shows symptoms of a serious malady: serial recidivism. We’ve seen all this before. It’s time for Jackie’s world to come crashing down, the sooner, the bigger the laughs.
  3. 75
    The moments in which Jackie and the people in her ER find common ground -- that's when this show achieves liftoff.
  4. It's now even easier to get so caught up in the dramas that you can forget this show is really funny.
  5. 50
    The few plot lines that don't revolve around her sex appeal--such as her older daughter becoming everything-aphobic, Eddie becoming crazy, and Dr. O'Hara (Eve Best) moving at warp speed on her self-destruction path--are all so interesting, it makes you long for more.
  6. Jackie remains watchable because of Falco's no-nonsense, weary performance, and because of the off-kilter comic brilliance of Merritt Wever as Jackie's bubbly, spastic protégé Zoey.
  7. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    83
    Not consistently funny, perhaps, but when Best and/or Falco are on screen, the angels sing. Both are remarkable.
  8. I watched all of Season 1 and have seen eight episodes of Season 2, and beyond noticing that she's good at her job and not so good at her life, I still haven't figured out Jackie Peyton. Which is the way I like it.
  9. Jackie remains the superior effort thanks to its writing and a top-of-their-game cast headed by Edie Falco as the title character.
  10. Reviewed by: Renee Scolaro Mora
    80
    What has been ramped up in this season are Jackie’s unexpected kindnesses and cruelties. And this is what makes the show so great. She constantly sidesteps all expectations and usually for the worse.
  11. By having everyone around Jackie seem daft, quirky or incompetent--an attempt at humor, one would guess--the series never felt connected. Those elements improved by the ended of Season 1 and have, for the most part, been ironed out in the early episodes of Season 2 (though the tone will need to be monitored).
  12. Reviewed by: Aubry D'Arminio
    63
    Nurse Jackie no longer feels realistic.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    The show continues striking a good balance with its moments of dark humor.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    In its mix of the caustic and the compassionate, Jackie is as electrifying as its star.
  15. 100
    Jackie can be a dark show, and it's going to get darker. But there isn't an episode that doesn't leave you yearning to see the next. There also isn't a performance that doesn't work.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    60
    Yet while Jackie remains a fascinating conundrum--a woman who takes noble stands and cuts corners on behalf of her patients, while hanging by a tenuous thread in her personal life--the brooding tone can become stifling.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 29 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jan 26, 2011
    10
    This show is currently airing on eleven in Australia & I think it is doing well & eleven have put Season 2 Episodes up on there website as well. Bring on Season 3 Full Review »
  2. Aug 10, 2010
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Better season,better performances,better writing.Edie Falco for another time did the miracle.With strong acting, rocks this party...of course with solid supporting cast.end the Emmy goes to?...guess who!...of course to Nurse Jackie Full Review »