• Network: ABC , NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 2, 2001
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9
Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Mar 20, 2013
    90
    The humor is dark, and the editing is fast-paced and often non-linear. The visual sensibility heightens the surreal quality of life and death with young Dr. Dorian as he careens like a bumper-car through his shift. [2 Oct 2001, p.1E]
  2. 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]
  3. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Mar 20, 2013
    88
    John C. McGinley is a comedic genius. While series lead Zach Braff tries to channel Tom Cavanagh from "Ed" in this single-camera, laugh-track-free comedy about young doctors-in-training from "Spin City" co-creator Bill Lawrence, it's character actor McGinley ("Wall Street") who owns and almost singlehandedly carries the show in his supporting role as mentor Phil Cox. [2 Oct 2001, p.47]
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Mar 20, 2013
    90
    Sarcastic yet engaging, edgy yet heartfelt. [2 Oct 2001, p.E1]
  5. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 20, 2013
    60
    Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. Scrubs is still learning. [2 Oct 2001]
  6. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Mar 20, 2013
    90
    For the first time in a long time, NBC has a new sitcom that really is must-see TV. [2 Oct 2001, p.C08]
  7. 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.
  8. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    Mar 20, 2013
    50
    Fantasy and cute shtick are on overkill here; Scrubs would be better without those elements. [2 Oct 2001, p.8]
  9. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Mar 20, 2013
    90
    Although the humor begins broadly, it grows on you as you adjust to its rhythms, and ultimately you hear yourself laughing out loud. This is easily NBC's best new series. It's also one of those distinctive comedies in which everything meshes. [2 Oct 2001, p.C2]
  10. Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Mar 20, 2013
    70
    I would say give them a chance. What else are you going to do for a half-hour after "Frasier"? [2 Oct 2001, p.B27]
  11. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Mar 20, 2013
    50
    The show comes off as too hectic, too cute, too edgy and not especially funny. [2 Oct 2001, p.E1]
  12. 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.
  13. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Mar 20, 2013
    90
    One of the best new series this fall. [2 Oct 2001, p.C04]
  14. 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]
  15. 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]
  16. 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]
  17. Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    Mar 20, 2013
    80
    In the first two episodes, Scrubs quickly achieves a breezy comic rhythm. Like ''Spin City'' this show operates with deliberate artifice but enough warmth to bring humanity to the characters.
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jun 28, 2013
    70
    Especially in the pilot, Scrubs is burdened with every gimmick that Ally McBeal and its offspring have used to simulate comedy--fantasy scenes, gratuitous sex jokes and sound effects. ... But the show also has a dry, unjaded humor.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 20, 2013
    75
    That sincere desire to serve is key. In the wrong hands, Scrubs could have been another mean-spirited juvenile comedy about smart-aleck, self-absorbed, barely post-collegiate yuppies -- which is the impression you may have gotten from NBC's inexplicably unpleasant promos. But Lawrence takes pains to show us that these doctors take their jobs seriously, an essential task accomplished without sacrificing any of the humor. In a sense, the show is a flashback to M*A*S*H, both in its look (Scrubs is shot without an audience) and in the way it blends laughs with life-and-death emotion.
  20. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Mar 20, 2013
    100
    Scrubs is sharp on every level, from script, direction and editing to the well-chosen, handsome cast and the employment of nonreal sequences. [1 Oct 2001, p.4]
  21. 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]
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 129 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 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, comedy, drama, and cast it had. This review doesn't even scratch the surface of how enjoyable it was! Full Review »
  2. Apr 21, 2011
    9
    My personal favorite TV show for the first 9 seasons, the moment J.D. left the show I found it unfunny.

    Has a great underlying effect on its
    viewer, by usually ending on a voice-over reflecting on a lesson that could be learned within the episodes main plot. Full Review »
  3. 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 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. Full Review »