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GETTING ON Series Finale: “Reduced To Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste”

GETTING ON Series Finale: “Reduced To Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste”

One of my first posts ever for this site talked about ‘the little shows’ and how I was going to pay attention to them because I knew everyone else would focus of the bigger series that HBO has aired over the years. GETTING ON was certainly one of those ‘little shows.’ It was acclaimed content but not high profile content. My reviews of the entire series in some small way helped promote the series as one that was just as good as GIRLS or VEEP. I was glad of being the sole reviewer and a loyal follower of this series. So, with that, let’s get on with the final review. One of my first posts ever for this site talked about ‘the...

GETTING ON: “Please Partake of a Memorial Orange”

GETTING ON: “Please Partake of a Memorial Orange”

As we wind down the series (check out the previous episode here) with only one episode remaining after this one we get a good strong dose of what this series has been about. Each performance here sums up the psyche of each character. As is reflected in the episode’s title this is our opportunity to remember the passing of not only a character, but the entire series. Maybe, the loyal followers of this series will think of this show every time they partake of an orange in the future. As is the fashion with reviewing GETTING ON it is easiest to look at them all one by one after a brief setup. A few days have passed since we last were at the...

GETTING ON: “Am I Still Me?”

GETTING ON: “Am I Still Me?”

Once again, we leap into this episode by associating it to the title of the piece and find some interesting connections. I don’t know if Olsen & Scheffer expected that from us, but that question was popping up in this writer’s mind even though it was only uttered rapidly in a silly Jenna rant. This fourth installment of the season also has great guest appearances and two deaths. They pack a lot into this one. (Here is the last one if you need it.) Where to start? Well, Jenna James is all beside herself. Her big symposium is in the hospital and she is at her perkiest because it is her baby and she is targeting the award that awaits...

GETTING ON: “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face”

GETTING ON: “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face”

Last week we had developments in both DiDi and Dawn’s predicaments and in this episode they escalate while Dr. James gets back into the swing of her old shenanigans.  Also guest appearances kind of steal the show. Here is a look at – Episode # 15 – “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face” The character Jenna James hit the mark with what most of this episode is about. She told a patient – “We all at times tell stories about ourselves in order to save face.” We all want to be seen in our best light and if that means puffing ourselves up a little bit then so be it. Dr. James knows first-hand that that behavior happens...

GETTING ON: “Don’t Get Any In You or On You”

GETTING ON: “Don’t Get Any In You or On You”

As is often the case with GETTING ON you can jump right into an episode smack in the middle of a hectic day maybe a few days past when you saw the characters last. (The last time can be found right here.) As is the case with this installment. It is a whole new day and all new challenges and patients await the staff of the Extended Care Unit of Mount Palms Hospital and it’s a doozy.   Episode # 14 – “Don’t Get Any In You or On You” The title of this week’s episode is spoken by Dr. James to Nurse Dawn in regards to the latest medical emergency. An overflow of sick cruise ship passengers have come to the ends.” Be prepared...

GETTING ON Season 3 Premiere: “This is About Vomit, People”

GETTING ON Season 3 Premiere: “This is About Vomit, People”

Hey, if you haven’t heard The Billy Barnes Unit is closing down and so is GETTING ON. All of the staff is there and some of the regular patients too, I’m sure. Has Dr. Jenna (Laurie Metcalf) James learned from her latest shenanigans? Is Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein) Forchette happy in marriage? Is Supervising Nurse Patsy (Mel Rodrigues) de la Serda happy Dawn is married? And how about, Nurse Denise “Didi” Ortley? Is she is still doing more than her share? The following look at the season premiere will get us up to speed on what is happening with the characters and make sure we have a sense of the focus for the season. After all, it is...

GETTING ON’s Final Season Debuts 11.08.15 (Updated with Trailer)

GETTING ON’s Final Season Debuts 11.08.15 (Updated with Trailer)

Update: No sooner do we get you updated about the upcoming season and the trailer drops. So here it is. It looks like another great season. Shame it is the last one. HBO has confirmed the debut date for the return of the comedy series GETTING ON, with the show set to kick off its six-episode third season SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 08 at 10:00pm right after THE LEFTOVERS. It is coupled with an encore of Season One of TOGETHERNESS at 10:30pm. From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer (co-creators of the acclaimed HBO series BIG LOVE), the critically-acclaimed show follows the daily lives of nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly...

GETTING ON Concludes After a Third Season

GETTING ON Concludes After a Third Season

There is one more season of six episodes ahead for the hospital-set comedy GETTING ON before being discharged from HBO. Or, some may say, the plug as been pulled from its life support. The show, starring Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez, never garnered big attention, but did apparently suit the needs of the network. It never was given a big marketing push or touted as a jewel in HBO’s line-up. That just confounded this writer as this was one of my favorite works on the schedule. According to statistics an averaged viewership of 1.6 million agreed with me. GETTING ON reveals the story of the Billy Barnes Unit of...

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