Getting On: Season 1 (2013)

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Getting On

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Though sometimes juvenile in nature, Getting On finds the funny, even in a somber setting, with humorous yet sensitive narratives and characterizations.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 70

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Episodes

1
Air date: Nov 24, 2013
2
Air date: Dec 1, 2013
3
Air date: Dec 8, 2013
4
Air date: Dec 15, 2013
5
Air date: Dec 22, 2013
6
Air date: Dec 29, 2013

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The primary period of this HBO comedy series arrangement takes after disappointed Dr. Jenna James and her staff in the female geriatric wing of an ambushed California doctor's facility. This comic drama is set in an expanded care wing of a holistic healing facility in Long Beach, Cal.

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Critic Reviews for Getting On Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (17)

It's one of the most highly unlikely excellent shows I've seen.

Dec 5, 2013 | Full Review…

If you like comedy with more cringes than chuckles, Getting On could be for you.

Nov 25, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

HBO's new series Getting On is sad and frequently disgusting... If that's not a sufficiently strong endorsement, we should point out that it's also one of the funniest and most moving shows to come out this year.

Nov 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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It's almost as impossible to believe, without seeing it, that such a show could be both very funny and occasionally uplifting without ever resorting to cheap sentimentality. But it is.

Nov 22, 2013 | Full Review…
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Getting old -- or "getting on" for the purposes of the title -- is nothing to look forward to here. But discovering a new series of such unexpectedly high caliber is good reason to celebrate.

Nov 22, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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It doesn't give us the luxury of stepping back, but it doesn't give us the moral high ground of stepping forward. It is... merciless.

Jun 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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While not quite as emotionally (or spiritually) concerned as Enlightened was, Getting On is still a comedy that knows when to take its subject matter seriously, to be generous of spirit instead of simply snide or broadly silly.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The performances are unvarnished portraits of failed lives.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's that sort of moment - where the absurdity of the hospital's rules meets with what should be an everyday occurrence and turns it into chaos - that Getting On does well.

Dec 9, 2013 | Full Review…

For all the chaos here, filmed in drab monotone, Getting On looks like it has the potential to be sardonically funny.

Nov 25, 2013 | Full Review…

While Getting On will likely resonate with people who work in hospitals and all the office politics that go into it, anyone else will want to scrub it off of them as soon as it ends.

Nov 25, 2013 | Full Review…

This bleak depiction of hospital work locates the show about two degrees south of St. Elsewhere. And yet, after I finished the first three episodes, I realized I was hooked; I wanted more.

Nov 25, 2013 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Getting On: Season 1

  • Jan 27, 2016
    Haven't laughed so hard in a while, Getting On balances humour with thought provoking themes to craft an excellent comedy. I loved every character in their awkward situations, it's a must watch.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 13, 2018
    Funny, surprising. Fantastic.
  • Feb 11, 2018
    It has a slow start but its sooooo good!
  • Feb 05, 2016
    One of the best shows on television. Very funny, poignant, great characters, terrific performances across the board. Too bad that it didn't really catch on with the viewers. Kinda reminds me of other HBO series like The Comeback and Enlightened, brilliant shows that just didn't find much of an audience.
  • Mar 06, 2015
    One of the unsung heroes of televised comedy these days, HBO's Getting On is quite possibly the least marketable show on television, which is exactly why it's a must-see. Employing actors that are not your standard good-looking wasp types, and setting it's comedy amongst the backdrop of old age and death, the creators of Getting On certainly don't seem too concerned with ratings. It works in spades though, cause the show is just such a funny, somber and telling look at office BS, and it's probably the first American program to resemble the pathos of a Ricky Gervais show (even more than the US Office). Deadpan, droll, and deadly funny!
  • May 21, 2014
    My favorite show of all of 2013. Simply brilliant.
  • Feb 08, 2014
    chuckling uncontrollably. an absolutely hilarious satire of the medical field
  • Feb 03, 2014
    The best HBO comedy since Bored to Death. Some fine tuning needed, but hopefully it will make it to season 2 and be on its way. Great ensemble cast. The funniest guest star on this show is up for supporting actress Oscar for Nebraska. She was absolutely fabulouslylaughingly revolting in G.O. and should be up (and win) an Emmy for her role.
  • Jan 30, 2014
    Very funny show! Looking forward to the next season!
  • Dec 19, 2013
    This show is growing on me and has gotten better as it has settled in. Laurie Metcalf is brilliant, shifting effortlessly between comedy and drama, sometimes within seconds of each other.

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