Parents' Guide to

Getting On

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Bone-dry comedy about aging is bleak -- and a bit blue.

TV HBO Comedy 2013
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There's no doubt that Getting On bears the stamp of the namesake British series it's based on, from the washed-out cinematography tones to the deafening silence of medical equipment that runs antithetical to most American comedies. In fact, at times, Getting On feels a lot like the British mockumentary The Office, replacing middle managers with middling directors of medicine and beeping photocopiers with defibrillators.

Trouble is, you're far less likely to care about this ragtag group of medical professionals, thanks to writing that doesn't make them feel quite human. And, although Getting On might have a lot to say about the state of healthcare in the United States and the realities of aging in America, its approach is so bleak -- in spite of its penned-to-offend dialogue -- that most viewers will be too bummed to keep watching.

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