Getting On

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  • TV-MA
  • 2013
  • 3 Seasons
  • 7.8  (3,924)

Getting On is a dark comedy series created by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer for HBO. The show, which ran from 2013 to 2015, is a remake of a British series of the same name. The series revolves around the day-to-day operations of the extended care unit of a fictional, rundown California hospital called Mt. Palms.

The show features an ensemble cast of talented actors, including Laurie Metcalf as Dr. Jenna James, a brilliant and determined but occasionally unpleasant physician. Her pragmatic approach to medicine often clashes with the hospital's bureaucracy, and James' abrasive personality often causes friction with her co-workers.

Alex Borstein stars as Nurse Dawn Forchette, a sympathetic and sensitive nurse who does her best to provide compassionate care to patients while navigating her complicated personal life. Despite her good intentions, Forchette sometimes finds herself at odds with James, and her hopeful yet often naive outlook on life sometimes leads her to make hasty decisions.

Mel Rodriguez plays Patsy De La Serda, a kind-hearted nurse who often finds himself at odds with his superiors due to his unorthodox approach to patient care. Patsy is keenly attuned to the needs of his patients and works tirelessly to provide them with the best possible care, even if it means going against the hospital's protocol.

Finally, Niecy Nash rounds out the ensemble cast as Denise "Didi" Ortley, a practical and level-headed nurse who works alongside James and Forchette. Didi is often the voice of reason in the hospital, and her grounded perspective helps to keep her colleagues in check.

Each episode of Getting On focuses on the day-to-day struggles of the extended care unit at Mt. Palms, and the show explores the complex relationships between the hospital's staff and their patients. The show's humor is often dark and biting, and it's not afraid to tackle sensitive subjects such as death and illness head-on.

Despite its often somber subject matter, Getting On is ultimately a heartwarming series about the bonds that form between people in difficult situations. Though the hospital's staff may not always see eye-to-eye, they all share a deep sense of empathy and compassion for the patients in their care.

Throughout its three seasons, the show garnered critical acclaim for its outstanding performances, clever writing, and nuanced approach to storytelling. While it may have been a lesser-known series during its initial run, Getting On has since become a cult favorite among fans of dark comedies and character-driven dramas.

Getting On is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on November 24, 2013.

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Reduced to Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste
6. Reduced to Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste
December 13, 2015
DiDi goes picketing to make one last effort to stave off the closure of Billy Barnes. Jenna tries to escape a quickly made offer. Patsy is interested in Margueritte's disclosure during a secret-sharing session. Dawn accidentally starts a crazy chain of events that ensures the future of the ward after a stratagem is brought to light.
Please Partake of a Memorial Orange
5. Please Partake of a Memorial Orange
December 6, 2015
The ward's future is skeptical, so DiDi tries to come up with a way to rescue it, but is distracted by demands from Dawn to be her health promoter. Also, the boisterous Varla comes back and doesn't get along with her estranged daughter; Dr. James admits her follies to her husband; and a memorial service has no shortage of turmoil.
Am I Still Me?
4. Am I Still Me?
November 29, 2015
Dr. James faces surprising setbacks the day of her "Sympoosium." Patsy accepts his truth, and DiDi is conflicted between work and family. Dawn and Dr. James view astonishing visions of each other in two English visitors, Dr. Pippa Moore and Sister Den Fixter.
No, I Don't Want a F***ing Smiley Face
3. No, I Don't Want a F***ing Smiley Face
November 22, 2015
Dr. James is surprised by on-the-job politics while getting ready for a conference. A criminal (Rhea Perlman) who has cancer, and is known for crazy escapes, comes to the ward. Patsy tries to get Dawn to pretend to be someone she's not when his mom (Ivone Coll) comes to see him. DiDi's mother-in-law (Gloria Leroy) arrives at Billy Barnes for care, igniting a family feud.
Don't Let It Get in You or on You
2. Don't Let It Get in You or on You
November 15, 2015
The staff comes up against an infectious disease outbreak. DiDi faces family problems at work with her sister-in-law Yvette. Dr. James approaches a pharmaceutical group and becomes distressed by a patient with a crazy past. A tired Dawn is refreshed by Patsy's uncertain approaches.
This Is About Vomit, People
1. This Is About Vomit, People
November 8, 2015
When Dr. Jenna James tries to move on after her hospice disgrace, she finds her job in jeopardy due to a good looking new doctor (Grant Bowler) and promptly takes action. DiDi feels the need to fight for her union rights, while pay cuts cause Patsy to go back to floor responsibilities. Dawn investigates her marriage and finds troubling information.
Where to Watch Getting On
Getting On is available for streaming on the HBO website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Getting On on demand at Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, HBO NOW and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    November 24, 2013
  • IMDB Rating
    7.8  (3,924)