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Getting On: The Complete First Season (2013/U.S. remake/HBO Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C+ Episodes: C+

Getting On is a new series by HBO that is based on a British series of the same name and produced by the folks that brought you Big Love. It's a satirical commentary on Hospital Senior Citizen care and features Laurie Metcaif as Dr. Jenna James who is the director of Medicine, Niecy Nash as Denise (DiDi) Ortley who is new to the job, Alex Borstein (Family Guy) as Dawn Forchette who is the head ward Nurse and Mel Rodriguez as Patsy De La Serda who is the new Supervising Nurse. The show is funny but at the same time depressing as the characters admit and tend to patients while making their job seem like any other. The chemistry between Metcaif and Borstein is spot on and the two play off the serious work in the profession and humor pretty well.

There are six episodes in the first season entitled:

Born on the Fourth of July - DiDi arrives for work in the ward and Dawn shows her around when not deferring to Dr. James, who is demanding more stool samples for her research study.

If You're Going To San Francisco - The new supervising nurse, Patsy, arrives as DiDi and Dawn have to deal with a verbally abusive patient

Make Someone Happy - A lusty male patient (Harry Dean Stanton) comes to the ward. DiDi is made to apologize to Patsy for her misconstrued joke to him.

Dumped - A patient's dumped on the ward; Phyllis Marmatan (Molly Shannon) discovers her mother's true state of health; Dr. James has to go along with Patsy's CARES program.

Nightshift - As DiDi tries to cope with a busy night shift, Dr. James stops by with her husband and a drunk Dawn wanders in after fighting with Patsy.

The Concert - Phyllis' mother seems to be slipping towards death; DiDi tries to get the money that Dr. James - still angling to leave Mt. Palms - owes her husband for his work on her driveway; Dawn reveals having anal sex with Patsy the night before.

Sound and Picture on the disc is fabulous with a 1080p high definition image in 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 widescreen aspect ratio. The sound is also great with a powerful DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. Subs on the disc are in English, French, and Spanish. Extras include Deleted Scenes and a hilarious Gag Reel.

All in all if you are a fan of Medical dramas (or comedies) then this is a pretty solid show with good writing and performances.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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