I had heard about this series while visiting America and I was glad to have a chance to see it when it finally turned up on BBC. It is every bit as good as everyone says and I looked forward to every episode.
Nurse Jackie is a high quality black comedy/drama neatly fitted into half-hour episodes. It focuses on Jackie, a drug-addicted nurse who is living a double life. The acting is top notch, not just from Edie Falco as Jackie, but from all the actors surrounding her, both in the hospital and in her home. They are all extremely carefully drawn- from Coop, Jackie's infantile yet endearing doctor colleague, through Dr.O'Hara her English best friend, lover of expensive things and the only one who knows about both of Jackie's lives, to her very troubled daughter Grace.
What is so excellent about this series is the way they portray Jackie. They make no judgments about the fact that she has an addiction and is having an affair. It is simply shown as part of her life at the same time as her being an excellent nurse, wife and mother. It's cleverly done. On the one hand, you see that she has a wonderful husband, two children and a very happy home-life, on the other, she is brilliant at her job but steals drugs and has an affair with the pharamacist who knows about her addiction and yet, you still like her, admire her. That's no easy feat for the writers.
So, the writing is undoubtably excellent. The dialogue whips along and is by turns, very funny and very moving. I am looking forward to series 2 coming to the UK and understand that a third series has just been comissioned in the US.
Give Nurse Jackie a try. I'd be amazed if you don't love it.