Now that the fourth season of Nurse Jackie has drawn to a close, we wonder if our readers’ opinions have evolved since the debut of this nurse-driven drama. It certainly created a stir when it first aired, as nurses took issue with Jackie’s adulterous, pill-popping persona and its potentially negative affect on the public’s perception of nurses.
Writing on Slate magazine’s Browbeat Culture blog, critic June Thomas’s opinion of the show can be summed up in a to-the-point headline: Nurse Jackie has gotten surprisingly good.
Thomas feels that while the show was floated by its outstanding cast over the first three seasons, the series always presented too much of the same, with similar story arcs appearing week after week. Obviously, this changed this year as Jackie headed to rehab and All Saints was taken over by a for-profit company.
In Thomas’ eyes, this is exactly the rejuvenation the show required, and he can’t wait to see what season five has in store now that we know the show has in fact been renewed.
Looks like Jackie, for better or worse, isn’t going anywhere and America’s most famous nurse is likely here to stay for a while.
Now that Jackie has faced some of her demons (without a pinch of sacrifice to her quick, no-fuss wit), will this be enough for nurses to get behind Jackie? How would you write season five of the hit show?