Scrubs – TV Series (Season 1 -9)
Running Time: 22 minutes
Created by: Bill Lawrence
Starring: Zach Braff, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Ken Jenkins, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, Neil Flynn
Scrubs is a TV sitcom set in Sacred Heart Hospital following John “J.D.” Dorian (Braff), the intern, as he learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life. The story is told through the eyes of J.D. from day one of his internship until his last day at the hospital. He’s surrounded by his best friend since college, Turk (Faison) who is an intern in the surgical department, the tough Dr Perry Cox (McGinley) whom J.D. have adopted as unofficially as his father figure, his love interest, the neurotic Elliot Reed (Chalke), the caring nurse, Carla (Reyes), a cynical and mysterious Janitor (Flynn) and the Chief of Medicine, Dr Bob Kelso (Jenkins). The series follows these characters as they grow and make their way through life and the hospital.
One of the great things about the show I really love is J.D.’s summary at the end of each episode of what he or the characters learn, it simply brings the various storylines together into one. Although the show is funny and entertaining, there are various touching and meaningful moments the writers have created that really brought on the tears, humanizing the show. The main cast fitted their characters perfectly that you sometimes forget they’re portraying a character. The comedic timing and presence is refreshing, especially McGinley’s long rants and Flynn’s spontaneous rambles of his own experiences and thoughts. Of course, Braff, Faison, Chalke and Reyes formed the heart of the show as they each brought their own personality to the show. Braff especially did an amazing job leading the show as a sensitive and caring intern, doctor and friend with his wacky daydreams and fantasies thrown in each episode. Moreover, the guest stars – though they aren’t many – really made the show that much more special. Some of the memorable ones include, Brendan Fraser as Dr Cox’s best friend and ex-brother-in-law, Michael J Fox as a visiting doctor with a severe case of OCD, Tom Cavanagh as J.D.’s brother, and John Ritter as J.D.’s father.
Also a shout out to the music supervisor who came up with a soundtrack that ties up each episode perfectly. I personally prefer the episodes in Season 1 to 4, and like most shows, the storylines start to feel predictable and formulaic towards the last few seasons. However, it is comforting to continue watching the characters grow onscreen. The finale of the show was a great sendoff to each of the characters, in some ways it’s like wrapping up a present perfectly with a ribbon to seal it up neatly. Scrubs is definitely one of those memorable shows that one can revisit anytime.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10