Getting On

HBO’s Dark Comedy of Geriatrics and the Nurses Who Love Them In ‘Getting On’

Three comediennes: Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, and Niecy Nash

But Laurie Metcalf hammering a nail into the wall with a gynecologist’s ducklips thingy is priceless, as is a confused patient’s eyes clearing as Niecy Nash holds her hand. Here is perhaps where the show’s delicate balance between comedy and compassion becomes most apparent; the understaffed nurses are, at times, ridiculous in their adherence to bureaucracy and hospital politics, but they, and the patients they serve, are also given moments of generosity and human connection.