Friday, December 25, 2015

Getting On

I watched all three (short) seasons of Getting On and think it's a brilliant show. Gallows humor. Awkward humor. It is about the workers on an extended care unit where most of the patients are elderly and dying. The main doctor on the unit is played by Laurie Metcalf who is so amazing in this role as a haggard, intense, obsessive doctor whose research interests concern stool. She is always in a state of near meltdown, just barely holding it together. She is also rude and oblivious to those around her. The episodes are riddled with small meannesses, and the characters are all flawed and somewhat tragic. But somehow it's fucking funny as hell.

Towards the end of the third season the story lines became a little too serious for me, though, and I began to lose interest.

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