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Award-winning American comedy-drama that premiered in 2001 on NBC

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Medical Comedy is Not For Everyone

  • Apr 22, 2009
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"Scrubs" follows the work and personal lives of three young physicians at Sacred Heart Hospital. They are John Dorian ("J.D.") (Zach Braff), the earnest but klutzy lead character who narrates most of the shows in voiceover; J.D.'s long-time best friend Chris Turk (Donald Faison), a competitive, self-assured surgeon; and the insecure, odd Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke). Another main character is experienced, relatively normal registered nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), the subject of Turk's romantic attention from the start. Carla's testy relationship with Elliot, at least initially, seemed to reflect a female nurse-female physician tension. However, they have become close friends. The final major character is the attending-cum-drill sergeant Perry Cox (John C. McGinley), a gruff mentor to J.D. Cox's vicious insults seem designed to hide his crumpled idealism--a tactic that the show itself seems to employ.

Other important regular characters include chief of medicine Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), a charmless despot who regularly does battle with Cox. Neil Flynn plays a predatory hospital janitor (known only as "The Janitor") who often takes offense at J.D.'s insensitivity and exacerbates his neuroses. The Janitor has increasingly spent time playing juvenile power games with the male physicians. Minor recurring characters include the obese, disagreeable Nurse Roberts (Aloma Wright), whose work at times seems to consist of sitting around and fulfilling stereotypes, and the comically arrogant, crudely sexual surgeon Todd (Robert Maschio).

A good example of the show's not-for-everyone comic sense was J.D.'s romance with Jamie (Amy Smart). Jamie was the attractive wife of a patient who spent years in a coma before he died. She was delicately known to the hospital staff as "TCW"--Tasty Coma Wife.

During "Scrubs"' first five seasons, the lives of its characters have developed considerably, especially in view of the show's irreverent, surreal themes. In the second season, the main characters finished their internships and became residents. Carla belatedly accepted Turk's marriage proposal, and at the end of the third season they finally married. J.D. and Elliot, who had flirted from the beginning, spent some time as "sex buddies" until Elliot pulled back. J.D. then became convinced that Elliot was the woman for him. But after finally working up the courage to tell her at the end of the third season, causing her to dump her then-boyfriend, J.D. realized that she wasn't the one after all. His mishandling of this poisoned his relations with Elliot for some time. Cox got back together, tentatively, with ex-wife Jordan (Christa Miller Lawrence), whose ultra-nastiness matches his own. Her new baby turned out, unexpectedly, to be fathered by Cox himself.

At the end of the fourth season, the main characters finished their residencies. Turk and Carla's marriage seemed to have survived serious early difficulties, including adjustments to Turk's recently diagnosed diabetes, and uncertainty as to whether their romance was really strong enough. One result of these marital struggles was that J.D. finally moved out of the apartment they had all still shared. Elliot, having gained some professional confidence, accepted a position at another hospital.

But she soon rejoined the other new attendings at Sacred Heart, and the fifth season found all three main characters confronting the challenges of training the new physicians they had only recently been themselves. Despite the show's light overall tone, a sense of aging and transition haunted the major characters. Plotlines focused on Turk and Carla's efforts to conceive a child, and then to cope with her pregnancy. Cox struggled to reconcile his machismo with modern fatherhood, and to manage his still-testy relations with Jordan. Elliot had an extended, dysfunctional affair with her intern Keith. And J.D. drifted in and out of relationships, though the season ended with his new girlfriend pregnant.

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May 03, 2009
Very nice handling of the five seasons. You managed to catch me up on the final year which, for reasons unknow, I missed. I've really got to get back with that show. I joined it late too so I saw the whole thing out of sequence on two different channels.
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Quick Tip by . September 07, 2011
A comedy that I missed when it initially ran. I'm now catching up on it in syndication.
Quick Tip by . August 04, 2010
Love this show, it takes all the serious out of the regular hospital shows and makes it comedy, very well done!
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
Brings back innocent comedy. Love the relationship between Turk and JD
Quick Tip by . June 22, 2010
Watch everyday!
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Only saw a few of the episodes and they were funny. The characters did not pull you in and grab your heart, but it was amusing
Quick Tip by . June 02, 2010
I love how this show has you laughing out loud, and then crying your face off. Brilliantly done.
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Scrubs is an Emmy Award winning comedy - drama, created by Bill Lawrence that first premiered on October 2, 2001 on NBC.

The show follows the lives of Sacred Heart employees and is narrated by Dr. John Michael Dorian's  (played by Zach Braff). The show follows the life of Dr. J.D., who although has risen in the hospital ranks, continues to face challenges in his personal and professional live. The additional employees of Sacred Heart Hospital include the elite Dr. Chris Turk (Donald Faison), a college buddy of J.D.'s, Turk's wife, the straighforward head nurse, Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), as well as the beautiful, but sometimes awkward, Dr. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke).

Now in season 8, The one-hour season/series finale of Scrubs will air on May 6, 2009. The show stars Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C. McGinley and Judy Reyes. Scrubs is produced by ABC Studios.

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