Scrubs (2001 – 2010)

‘Scrubs’ is a comedy drama about a group of doctors, surgeons and nurses in Sacred Heart Hospital. This is a brilliant show with hilarity, emotion and just good fun to watch. Although, I have to admit, there are a few episodes that I’ve cried my eyes out during. This is what makes this show slightly different to the other comedy sitcoms of the same era. ‘Scrubs’ tells a moral every episode, but also highlights the reality of life, anything could happen. You really can’t underestimate the emotions of this show. Nevertheless, ‘Scrubs’ still somehow seems to maintain an upbeat and comical strike to enter every episode.

The characters of this show are only ones that build up over the nine series, you get to know these people so well. And they are all flawed, at some point they will all do something stupid or something that will make you hate them, even if only just for a little while. All the characters are realistic, there are no perfect protagonists. This just adds to the brilliance of the show. To begin with, ‘Scrubs’ is mainly revolved around one character. This character is JD (Zack Braff). JD quickly becomes known as Newbie as he is a new intern at this hospital from the first episode and it is his journey we watch as he becomes more of a competent doctor. JD’s character resembles one insightful, goofy and desperate for a mentor. Due to his sensitivity, he quickly adopts another nickname of Bambi from a co-worker. JD is also the voice of the running monologue of the show, he narrates his life or his thoughts. This is another element that is something different to other shows. Constantly throughout the show, you will be flashed into JD’s mind of a moment he sees comically different; a lot of these are relevant to popular films. For instance, two colleagues having a heated debate of egos, in JD’s mind becomes ‘Star Wars’ of good vs evil. Or maybe, when JD becomes surprised by what someone has told him, a tonne of bricks come crashing down on him. And so on. I do love this element of the show and JD’s narration and dreamland are a nice constant throughout the programme.

Scrubs - JD and Turk

Along with JD, there are two other main characters that start on the same day. There is JD’s best friend from college, Chris Turk (Donald Faison) and a new friend met on the first day of interning, Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke). Turk is confident and cocky, and extremely competitive. Unlike JD, who’s a medical doctor, Turk is in a different department of surgical medicine. Elliot, however, is quite the opposite. Whilst also being extremely competitive, Elliot is a doctor like JD, she’s very talkative and adopts the nickname Barbie by another doctor. As the show goes on, we quickly learn that there is a lot more to these characters than what is just shown in the first few episodes.


There’s also a mass of other characters to really love and appreciate in this programme. I have to mention Nurse Carla (Judy Reyes) to begin with. Pretty much from the first episode, Carla becomes the love interest of Turk. Although, she’s a lot more than that. She’s strong-minded and extremely confident in her own person. She loves to tell people what to do, but she’s always there for her friends. Then, there’s Dr Cox (John C. McGinley), who is rather different from all characters. His large ego and his brutal honesty are two reasons why JD becomes so desperate for his approval. He should be remembered for his long rants and his anger towards everything. Next, there’s the chief of medicine, Dr Kelso (Ken Jenkins). Constantly referenced to as the devil by Dr Cox, he’s the one who has to make all the hard decisions of controlling the hospital and where the money should go. Although, he does enjoy making sure people are scared of him. Personally, Dr Kelso is one of the funniest characters on screen.

Scrubs - Dr Cox

Lastly, a few other minor characters I wanted to mention to just show the vast personalities we have on screen. Nurse Roberts (Aloma Wright) is one of my favourite characters and I think she is so underrated. Her sass and comical honesty are brilliant on show, but also her loving nature is to be adored. Then there’s the reliability of surgeon Todd (Robert Maschio), who comes along to make anything comically sexual ending with a high-five to whoever he says it to. Another excellent character lies in the Janitor (Neil Flynn) who from the first day has it out for JD for putting a penny in the door. There comical back and forth is fun and enjoyable throughout the whole series, with a reliable prank in most episodes. And lastly, Ted (Sam Lloyd), an acapella singing lawyer of the hospital, whose nerves and desperation for love is always present.

Scrubs - Janitor

As you can see there are so many characters to appreciate, I haven’t even begun to explain all the characters of the show, but they are the best ones to highlight. There are also some great guest stars, including Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks and Courteney Cox. We cannot forget the episodes with Brendan Fraser from ‘The Mummy’. Every episode is episodic, so there isn’t any need for them to be watched in order. Just like, ‘Friends’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ or ‘The Middle’. Alike to these, there is a story arc throughout the series to maintain some essence of growth and connection between episodes. There are a range of episodes too and they never become boring. All telling a different story, or even a different style. We have an episode that changes from JD’s narration to other characters and even a musical episode, which I do love! There is fabulous music in the whole season, this is definitely a great aspect to the show. All the episodes are so easy to watch and enjoy, I would recommend this show over and over again. One thing I have to say which isn’t a positive, is that the last series was such a let-down. For some reason they decided to get rid of the original characters and change them for new med students – it’s definitely not the best thing they’ve done. Nevertheless, watch the medical and surgical interns from day one all the way to the end of nine series.


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