New HBO Series Spins Long-Term Care into Dark Comedy

Adapting from a British television series, a new HBO series looks to put a dark comedy spin on life in a long-term care facility, reports MedCity News.

The series, titled “Getting On,” takes place in a women’s extended-care facility of a Long Beach hospital and follows the day-to-day lives of nurses and doctors “as they struggle with the darkly comedic realities of tending compassionately” to their aging patients, according to HBO’s description of the series. 

As they series takes place in what HBO calls a “rundown, red-tape-filled hospital,” the show aims to blend humor with unexpected moments of tenderness as hospital staff are left to deal with the challenges of a healthcare environment in need of an overhaul.


“Getting On” stars Emmy Award-winning actress Laurie Metcalf, familiar for her role as Jackie Harris on the ABC sitcom “Roseanne” (1988-1997). Metcalf stars as Dr. Jenna James, a physician who once hoped to become a star medical-researcher, but instead feels like she has been sentenced to purgatory at the facility. 

The series premiere of “Getting On” is scheduled for Sunday, November 24, exclusively on HBO.


Read the MedCity News article.

Written by Jason Oliva