Nurse Jackie: Season One

Nurse Jackie: Season One
Quite simply, Showtime's Nurse Jackie is some of the best crack I've ever had. This junk is addictive, I'm telling you. I barrelled through all 12 episodes of the first season and I don't even want to think about what the withdrawal is going to be like tomorrow. And without having to give it any thought at all, I can say that the key ingredient to this sick fix is Nurse Jackie herself, Edie Falco. A nurse at New York City's All Saints Hospital, Jackie runs the show and if you can't get in line, then you had better find another emergency room. I didn't know a lot going in to this experience and I feel all the better for it, so I don't want to spoil too much for you. Suffice to say, as far as addiction goes, I'm not the only one with a problem. Jackie is a functional painkiller addict. She uses to get through every single aspect of her day and let me just say, her days never end. She leads one life at the hospital and a whole other life outside those walls and no one really knows her. The nurses and doctors who make up the rest of the excellent ensemble only get glimpses, but we get the whole, big picture. And by the end of the first season, the picture is pretty grim. The two-disc set extras include an appreciative account of how the show came to be from various cast members, commentaries and a gush fest for Falco. If you like the show, you'll share in the love. The disgusting underbelly of humanity aside, Nurse Jackie is absolutely hilarious. You'll laugh so hard, so often and so unexpectedly you might just end up in the hospital yourself, and you never know what kind of nurse you're going to get there. (Maple)