Getting On (U.S. TV series)

Getting On
Genre Dark comedy
Medical comedy
Created by
Based on Getting On
(BBC Four series)
by Jo Brand
Joanna Scanlan
Vicki Pepperdine
Written by Mark V. Olsen
Will Scheffer
Directed by Miguel Arteta
Howard Deutch
Becky Martin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 18 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Chrisann Verges
Camera setup Single
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Anima Sola Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions
Original network HBO
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24) – December 13, 2015 (2015-12-13)
External links

Getting On is an American television comedy series based on the British series of the same name, created and written by Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer.[1] The series aired on HBO from November 24, 2013, to December 13, 2015, for three seasons each containing six episodes.[2][3] The show has garnered positive reviews from critics.[4][5][6] It stars Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, and Mel Rodriguez.


The series is set in the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of the down-and-out Mount Palms Memorial Hospital in Long Beach, California. The show follows the lives of the staff involved in the ward's daily operation, specifically Dr. Jenna James (Laurie Metcalf), the ward's director of medicine; Dawn Forchette (Alex Borstein), the head nurse; Didi Ortley (Niecy Nash), a nurse; and Patsy De La Serda (Mel Rodriguez), the supervising nurse.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest stars


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16November 24, 2013 (2013-11-24)December 29, 2013 (2013-12-29)
26November 9, 2014 (2014-11-09)December 14, 2014 (2014-12-14)
36November 8, 2015 (2015-11-08)December 13, 2015 (2015-12-13)

Production and development

On August 14, 2012, HBO placed a pilot order on an American adaptation of the popular BBC Four series of the same name. Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer were attached to write the pilot script and serve as executive producers alongside Jane Tranter, Julie Gardner and Geoff Atkinson via Anima Sola Productions and BBC Worldwide Productions.[7]

Casting announcements began in the following November with Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein and Niecy Nash cast in the three lead roles. Metcalf signed onto the role of Dr. Jenna James, the uptight, self-centred director of medicine; Borstein joined in the role of Dawn Forchette, the head nurse who struggles with self-esteem and ultimately ends up in inappropriate sexual situations; and Nash cast in the remaining lead role of Denise "DiDi" Ortley, a big-hearted, return-to-work nurse.[8]

On March 21, 2013, HBO placed a six-episode series order on the series.[9] The series six-episode first season premiered on HBO on November 24, 2013, and concluded on December 29, 2013.[2] On February 19, 2014, Getting On was renewed for a six-episode second season,[10] of which premiered on November 9, 2014, and concluded on December 14, 2014.[3] On February 9, 2015, HBO renewed the series for a third and final season to consist of six episodes.[5] The third and final season premiered on November 8, 2015, and concluded on December 13, 2015.[6]


Critical response

The first season received positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes reports that 72% of critics liked it with an average rating of 7.5 out of 10 with the general consensus: "Though sometimes juvenile in nature, Getting On finds the funny, even in a somber setting, with humorous yet sensitive narratives and characterizations."[11] The pilot episode scored a 73 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 23 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[4] In a highly positive review, San Francisco Chronicle contributor David Wiegand said, "There is a brilliant mix of poignancy and hilarity in Getting On, which is why it all works so well."[12] Todd VanDerWerff of The A.V. Club wrote "Getting On captures the drudgery of work and life in this ward, but it also catches glimpses of the beauty, and it’s in those moments that it feels like a series that deserves better than it’s going to get."[13] On the more negative side, Mike Lechevallier of Slant Magazine wrote that "the show's setting is such an overwhelmingly depressing environment that much of the offbeat humor ends up flatlining."[14]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season scored an 100% approval rating with an average rating of 8.6 out of 10 based on 11 reviews. The critics' consensus is "Getting On continues to work by poking fun at a typically serious theme and the psychological drama surrounding it, with a dose of laugh-out-loud slapstick injected into a big, sweet heart."[15] On Metacritic, the second season has a score of 85 out of 100 based on 6 review, indicating "universal acclaim".[16]

The third season received very positive reviews. On Metacritic, it has a score of 86 out of 100 based on 5 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[17] Melissa Maerz of Entertainment Weekly gave it an "A-" grade and wrote, "In its third and final season, the series is still brilliantly droll, elevating the most mundane moments into something that's either hilariously awkward or genuinely moving–or, at its best, both."[18]


For the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, Niecy Nash received a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[19] For the 6th Critics' Choice Television Awards, Niecy Nash was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and Mel Rodriguez was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.[20] For the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, Laurie Metcalf was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Niecy Nash received a second consecutive nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series.[21]

Home media release

The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on November 11, 2014,[22] and region 4 on November 12, 2014.[23] The one-disc set includes all six season one episodes, a gag reel and deleted scenes. The second season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on November 3, 2015.[24]


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  12. Wiegand, David (November 21, 2013). "'Getting On' Review: Dying and Lots of Laughs". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
  13. VanDerWerff, Todd (November 22, 2013). "Getting On finds the beauty in pain and death—when it lets itself". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 31, 2013.
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