Nurse Jackie is an American comedy TV-Show, first premiered on the premium TV-Network Showtime in 2009. It follows the life of a nurse, named Jacky Peyton, who works at the fictional New York City All Saints' hospital.
Edie Falco (remember "The Sopranos"?) as Nurse Jackie seems to be just perfect for her part. She can be funny, but also serious and sometimes even pull off both emotions at the same time. It's really no surprise to me, she won the Primetime Emmy Award in 2010.
However, Edie Falco is not the only well-cast actor on Nurse Jackie. We've also got Anna Deavere Smith as the hospital administrator "Mrs. Gloria Akalitus," Eve Best as "Dr. Eleanor O'Hara" (one of Jackie's best on and off work friends), Paul Schulze as "Eddie the pharmacist," Dominic Fumusa as "Jackie's husband" and last but not least Peter Facinelli as "Dr. Fitch "Coop" Cooper."
These characters are mainly responsible for the show's dynamics, which very often result in funny, weird, but also serious situations. One good example would be the very well portrayed narcism of "Dr. Cooper." Despite the fact, that he's fresh out of med school, he never misses out on a chance to rub his social status into the face of nurses and other staff members, which he believes to be worth less than him.
Now Nurse Jackie is definitely not your average hospital TV show. It can not be compared to any of the other series out there, that have a similar health care related background story. Given the fact, that this show airs on Showtime, you can also expect some rough language every now and then (speaking of dropping the "F-Bomb"). Combined with some implied and non-nude sexual interactions between characters, Nurse Jackie does not qualify as a family show. Its target audience is definitely adult.