A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show as a whole doesn't paint a rosy picture of aging and elder care; people die, patients are treated like numbers, and loneliness is palpable. But thanks to an emerging friendship between coworkers, there's at least some sense of hope.
Positive Role Models
Although they don't always make the best choices, most of the nurses want to do their jobs well and have their patients' best interests at heart. The unit's director of medicine, who is selfish and manipulative, is an obvious foil.
Violence & Scariness
Characters tend to argue a lot, sometimes with their superiors or underlings. Patients can be mildly violent (pushing, slapping, punching) with their caretakers. Blood is minimal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters talk about sex and describe sexual acts (although usually in a clinical manner). On one occasion, a blow job is simulated, but no actual nudity is shown.
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Unbleeped swearing includes "bitch," "s--t," "f--k," and "c--ksucker," plus slurs such as "fairy," "dyke," and "coon."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking to excess is discussed but isn't shown on-screen. Characters use, but don't abuse, prescription medication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, although Getting On is set in the slow-paced world of geriatric care, the show is pretty salty in terms of language, with unbleeped swearing ranging from "c--ksucker" to "f--k," in addition to slurs such as "coon" and "dyke." There's sexual content, too, with mostly clinical descriptions of sexual acts and, in at least one episode, simulated oral sex. Although there's minimal blood for a medical show, characters do tend to argue a lot, and some patients can be physically and verbally abusive to their caretakers. Social drinking to excess is discussed but never shown on-screen.
Is It Any Good?
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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