Getting On

2013 TV-MA 2 seasons

Getting On

2013 TV-MA 2 seasons
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This dark comedy chronicles the lives of caregivers -- nurses, doctors and orderlies -- on the geriatric wing of a rundown hospital. When not saving lives and emptying bedpans, the group deals with indifferent relatives and healthcare bureaucracy.
Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, Mel Rodriguez
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2013) - 1 disc

This dark comedy follows a group of doctors, nurses and other caregivers on the geriatric wing of a hospital that's seen better days. When not dealing with the day-to-day drama, the team also contends with a shaky American healthcare system.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
age 16+

Common Sense Note

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.

Sexual Content

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.


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.


Unbleeped swearing includes "bitch," "s--t," "f--k," and "c--ksucker," plus slurs such as "fairy," "dyke," and "coon."

Social Behavior

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.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Social drinking to excess is discussed but isn't shown on-screen. Characters use, but don't abuse, prescription medication.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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