Scrubs: 2001 – 2010
Created by: Bill Lawrence
Cast: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Neil Flynn, Christa Miller, Judy Reyes, Ken Jenkins
Like I said yesterday, today we’ll be taking a look at the second pinnacle of American comedy. Yes it’s obviously Scrubs. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s one of the most well written shows I’ve ever seen in my entire life. And I’ve spoken to Bill Lawrence a couple of times on Twitter so I sort of have to say that. But in all seriousness, yes, Scrubs is the second pinnacle of American comedy.
Set in a hospital, Scrubs follows the life of John Dorian, or J.D. as his friends and colleges refer to him as, other than Doctor Cox, who refers to him by various girls names. The relationships of the characters are simple and easy to understand, but very effective and so much so that they create interesting and unique dynamics for every episode. Most episodes are just funny and nothing more, but after the first few seasons, the relationships of the characters have taken their place in the show firmly and they begin to allow the viewer and audience to experience different emotions other than laughter, and bearing in mind this is a comedy show that’s a pretty stupendous thing to do.
The main emotion it made me feel was sadness. And actually I lied in the previous paragraph. We see sadness very early on in the first season when a woman asks J.D. to die and refuses treatment. It truly is a moving episode and sorry for spoiling it but to be fair that’s not the bit that has the impact and for your own sake I wont be talking about that bit. But there are moments like that for all the characters, although I don’t remember any of Turk’s. Doctor Cox, Doctor Kelso, J.D. and Carla all have very large life changing moments that I fondly remember, but as for the rest of the cast I don’t remember any of their moving moments. Although that’s probably down to my lack of short term memory more than anything.
As for comedy. There is no laugh track, which is always a bonus in my eyes. There’s a number of fourth wall breaks scattered throughout the show. Not so many that you’ll notice them the first time round, but enough for you to get a laugh out of them.
To be honest the amount of episodes for Scrubs is phenomenal. Technically 9 Seasons in total, but the first 8 are fan favourites and personally I believe that too. However season 9 is still worth watching, mainly to see Doctor Cox and Turk actually bonding, which they didn’t do too often in the first eight seasons of the show. So I guess even the worst of Scrubs has its benefits.
If you’re a fan of comedy then this is most certainly the perfect comedy to watch. It has visual gags, one liners, sarcasm, all types of comedy are catered for. Somehow it manages to mix every emotion possible into a 22 minute episode. It’ll leave you a blubbering mess sat on your couch, crying at three in the morning because J.D.’s dad died or whatever.
Give it a watch.