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  • Macbeth
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    Let’s settle this (hilarious) question. Do you think Nurse Jackie is a comedy or a drama?

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    awardskel
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    Definitely a comedy. A true comedy is one with enough drama to keep you interested. Something like Criminal Minds and CSI, which are just way too grim and depressing (not to mention cliche and old news) for me to be interested in.

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    Andresg770
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    I’ve always thought of it as a mix of both, but I always say it’s a dark comedy.  I don’t care what Edie Falco says, some of the stuff she does on that show is funny sh*t, especially to someone with a sense of humor as twisted as mine.  And Zoey, Coop, and Akalitus were clearly meant to be funny characters, too.  Sure, many times the dramatic turns can overshadow the comedy aspects of it, but I see that as a testament to the cast and writers’ ability to blend both genres so well.

    I can definitely see how both sides are arguable, though, but I certainly don’t see Nurse Jackie being as dramatic as any of the L&O or CSI series.

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    Tom O’Neil
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    Oh, gimme break — it’s obviously a drama.

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    Boidiva02
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    Drama. without a doubt.

    Calling “Nurse Jackie” a comedy would be as idiotic as calling “Veep” or “Friends” a reality series.

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    alicecullen
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    i think its kind of both.there is drama in the show ,then there is some comendy  in the show  too

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    Boidiva02
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    I think the main thing to look at when deciding if a show is a drama or comedy is the overall tone of the series, and to me, based on what I’ve seen, there is NO DOUBT in my mind that “Nurse Jackie” with it’s darker udnertones is a drama with some comedic elements.    While there may be some funny stuff included, it’s primary source is dramatic.

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    Macbeth
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    Oh, gimme break — it’s obviously a drama.

    I agree with you Tom!

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    FrozenBarbie
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    How many half-hour “real” dramas are there?  How many hour-long comedies?

    With my deep preference for dark humor, I find this show definitely a comedy, with dramatic moments…. like Weeds, and Californication. And these are the only kind of comedies I can stand. Broad comedy just isn’t funny enough for me. I like my humor a lot less obvious than that. But dark humor can be VERY funny.  Like awardskel says, when you compare NJ to a REAL drama (like Homeland, for example), I don’t know how anyone can say it belongs in that same category.   I totally agree that it’s the overall tone that defines a show. With Desperate Housewives, for example, the overall tone is comedic, and I look at it as a comedy, even though there are dramatic moments…. but those dramatic moments are pretty lightweight, when compared to The Sopranos, or Homeland, or Mad Men.  And DH, even though it was an hour show, was a comedy in my book. Some think The Big C is a drama, too. The subject matter may not be funny, but the overall tone is, even though I don’t find the writing very funny, at all…  most of the jokes fall flat, in my opinion, and most of the characters are over the top. But it’s still a comedy…  just not a very good one.

    With all the wackyness in Nurse Jackie, the overall tone feels comedic to me. Dr O’Hara, Zoe, Coop, Akalitus… can all be hilarious. This is a good dark comedy, as far as I’m concerned.  Obviously, most of you disagree.

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    KyleBailey
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    It has a fair share of both that’s why there should be a Dramady category. Shows like Jackie, Girls, Glee, Shameless, Parenthood all are good dramadies 

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