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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2001
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
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  • Starring: Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, Donald Faison
  • Summary: This half-hour comedy focuses on the bizarre experiences of fresh-faced medical intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients – where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time.JoiningThis half-hour comedy focuses on the bizarre experiences of fresh-faced medical intern John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) as he embarks on his healing career in a surreal hospital crammed full of unpredictable staffers and patients – where humor and tragedy can merge paths at any time.Joining the rumpled J.D. in his exhilarating brave new world are his college buddy, Chris Turk (Donald Faison, "Clueless"), an intern with a more elite surgical group, and J.D.'s fellow medical intern, the beautiful and driven Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke, "Roseanne"). Keeping the new interns on their toes are: The fatherly chief of medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins); the abrasive, worldly Dr. Perry Cox (John McGinley), and the caring but slightly jaded nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes). The hospital janitor (Neil Flynn) also never seems to miss an opportunity to harass his target.Scrubs is filmed in a real-life hospital. It's the North Hollywood Medical Center, which has gone under severe reconstruction to fit all the equipment and represent Sacred Heart Hospital. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Bill Lawrence
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Oct 2, 2001
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:30 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Mar 20, 2013
    100
    Even though Scrubs is the best of the season's new comedies, it may not have the most laughs. But oh mama, it has the most heart. Scrubs is to the average sitcom as a steak at the Palm is to a Big Mac. We are talking an entirely different, and superior, species. [2 Oct 2001, p.C01]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 14, 2013
    91
    'Scrubs' is a TV rarity: a new sitcom with an original look and point of view, and the merciful absence of a familiar star attempting a comeback.
  3. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 20, 2013
    90
    But most importantly, Scrubs has heart. Not the forced, icky sentimentality so often found in sitcoms, but earned moments that feel genuinely poignant. [2 Oct 2001, p.D-1]
  4. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Mar 20, 2013
    80
    Once it relaxes, however, Scrubs turns out to be a thoughtful show that has dispensed with a laugh track and proves amusing enough not to need one. (Now, let's dispense with those fantasies.) Shot with a single camera in a former hospital, it aims for the exaggerated realism and the light-meets-dark tone of "M*A*S*H" -- a worthy ambition even if it doesn't get there. [2 Oct 2001, p.F1]
  5. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    75
    Though overequipped with distracting extras—-flashes of fantasy, slapstick sound effects—-this dark comedy definitely grows on you.
  6. Reviewed by: Brandon M. Easton
    Mar 20, 2013
    75
    It's a deliciously post-modern and surreal sitcom that succeeds both on a silly and an intellectual level. [2 Oct 2001, p.46]
  7. Reviewed by: Preston Turegano
    Mar 20, 2013
    25
    A lot of the humor in Scrubs is sick. Many jokes are made at the expense of old people on the brink of death, or sitting comatose in a wheelchair. [2 Oct 2001, p.E3]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Sep 28, 2013
    10
    a perfect balance of comedy and drama, this show is amazing. while the addition of the ninth season, i think, is unnecessary, the rest of thisa perfect balance of comedy and drama, this show is amazing. while the addition of the ninth season, i think, is unnecessary, the rest of this show is great. mainly because of J.D. and Dr. cox, who are great characters. the rest of the cast is also solid, and the plot is hilarious, serious, and sometime pretty sad. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2011
    10
    One of the greatest shows I have ever seen on TV. It's odd yet compelling collection of characters, especially Dr. Perry Cox, who is one ofOne of the greatest shows I have ever seen on TV. It's odd yet compelling collection of characters, especially Dr. Perry Cox, who is one of the greatest written characters ever, surreal comedy and realistic portrayal of hospital life is what makes this show stand out from the rest. The first season has many of Scrub's finest episodes, particularly "My Old Lady" which completely severs the notion of Scrubs being just a comedy show, showing the emotional reality of working in a hospital or "My Occurrence" which shows the bond between a patient and a doctor. Great start to a great series. Expand
  3. nbc
    May 1, 2011
    10
    Great show. The entire series was hilarious from start to finish! I always find myself thinking about Scrubs and what wonderful story-lines,Great show. The entire series was hilarious from start to finish! I always find myself thinking about Scrubs and what wonderful story-lines, comedy, drama, and cast it had. This review doesn't even scratch the surface of how enjoyable it was! Expand
  4. Mar 17, 2014
    9
    Fresh out of medical school JD, from whose point of view most episodes are told, and best friend 'Turk' start their internship at Sacred HeartFresh out of medical school JD, from whose point of view most episodes are told, and best friend 'Turk' start their internship at Sacred Heart Hospital and quickly learn life isn't going to be as easy for them as they first thought.

    For me very few sit-coms have hit their stride as quickly as Scrubs. Right from the pilot it is clear that there is real writing talent involved with the show and that the cast, including a number of supporting characters, have superb on-screen chemistry. Shot with a single camera and without a studio audience the show is also free to use cutaway sequences, many of which take place in the strange mind of JD, to create a show that feels truly unique.

    Scrubs also had a serious side on occasions however and episodes such as 'My Old Lady', in which the residents had to deal with losing their first patients, showed that the show could be as emotionally deep and affecting as most drama series when it wanted to be.

    A great debut season to one of my all-time favourite TV comedy's.
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  5. Feb 14, 2012
    7
    I thoroughly enjoyed the first 5 seasons but they really should've just stopped there. Turk and JD are straight up hilarious sometimes but itI thoroughly enjoyed the first 5 seasons but they really should've just stopped there. Turk and JD are straight up hilarious sometimes but it definitely got a little old for me at season 6. Expand
  6. Jul 2, 2011
    7
    A solid beginning, but not nearly as entertaining as the show became when it hit it's stride. Still fairly enjoyable, but not particularlyA solid beginning, but not nearly as entertaining as the show became when it hit it's stride. Still fairly enjoyable, but not particularly rewatchable. Expand
  7. Feb 2, 2014
    2
    Scrubs is a mildly humorous comedy/drama television series. However, I didn't like the show because the characters were unlikeable, the humorScrubs is a mildly humorous comedy/drama television series. However, I didn't like the show because the characters were unlikeable, the humor was mostly offensive and its climaxes were boring and predictable. The only reason I made it all the way to the sixth season was because of the Janitor. He was everything a character in comedy series should be. He's the only reason I rate this show a two. Sadly, there was too much main cast and too little Janitor. Expand

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