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Review: 'Getting On' Season 1 A Perfect Prescription Of Sweet & Sour Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 10:08 AM
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Getting On
Whenever a U.K. comedy crosses the pond for an American makeover, the first concern generally tends to be about capturing the spirit and tone of the original. And while I haven't seen the British version of "Getting On," whatever happened in translation didn't seem to dilute a potent blend of sweet and sour laughs in HBO's take on the series. Retaining the tradition of truly cringeworthy moments of comedic embarrassment popularized by the efforts of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and combining it with heart and (fleeting) moments of genuine emotion, "Getting On" makes the most of its six episode first season.

Preview: HBO's Medical Comedy 'Getting On' Delivers A Healthy Dose Of Humor & Heart

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2013 10:00 AM
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The patience, sanity, selflessness and complete lack of vanity required to be a nurse is something that can't be stressed enough. And while medical dramas have shown medical staff to be (personally and emotionally complicated) life saving heroes, the medical sitcom is surprisingly still fairly fresh creative territory (the last one of note was "Scrubs," the Zach Braff starring show that usually placed wackiness and hijinks in the foreground). Perhaps it's because getting the recipe right of blending the life and death reality of the job with comedic elements is a balance that's difficult to achieve, but congratulations to the folks behind "Getting On" because in the first half of the six-episode season sent to press, they've accomplished the feat.

HBO Remaking Brit Medical Comedy 'Getting On'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • August 15, 2012 11:21 AM
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Not terribly well-known even in its native UK, “Getting On” has certainly been a hit with British critics. Airing on niche channel BBC4 (that’s why it's little seen and little known) the sitcom has aired for two seasons and a total of nine episodes since 2009 and follows the medical staff on a women’s geriatric extended care wing at a run-down hospital. Created by and starring Jo Brand (who won a BAFTA for her performance), Joanna Scanlon and Vicki Pepperdine, the Peter Capaldi (“In The Loop”)-directed show has a third season in the works.

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