Every season, this cringe comedy about a hospital’s extended-care ward takes the least amusing subjects—medical bureaucracy, petty co-workers, end-of-life preparations—and makes them laugh-out-loud funny. In its third and final season, the series is still brilliantly droll, elevating the most mundane moments into something that’s either hilariously awkward or genuinely moving—or, at its best, both. While Dr. Jenna James (Laurie Metcalf) recovers from her hospice scandal with increasingly suspicious behavior (suddenly she’s pushing an “anal horn” on patients who don’t need it), a suave new doctor (Grant Bowler) from New Zealand threatens her job, and the staff argues about who is responsible for cleaning up vomit—a surprisingly nuanced running gag that’s also a smart critique of unions. Fresh off her Emmy nomination, Niecy Nash delivers the world’s greatest “I’m so over this place” face as DiDi. But it’s Dawn (Alex Borstein) who steals the best moment, in a twist that’s so sad all you can do is laugh. A–
Genre: Comedy; Starring: Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash, Laurie Metcalf; Series Premiere: 11/24/2013; TV Parental Guideline Rating: TV-MA; Broadcaster: HBO; Status: In Season; Seasons: 1, 2, 3
Posted October 30 2015 — 9:00 AM EDT
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