|Hospital drama? Too easy. Hospital comedy? Now that's a challenge.|
Scrubs is one of those shows that I know is quality, but I never get around to seeing it. Finally this has been remedied, solidifying in my mind Zach Braff as one of the funniest and yet still endearing actors out there and Scrubs as one of the best shows on TV.
I'm not a huge fan of hospital dramas. This might be because death and disease scare me so I don't need a television show increasing that fear. A hospital comedy, though, is pure gold. It's even better with top-notch writers which is what Scrubs has. The general format of each episode follows Dr. John Dorian (Braff) through his life, both real and imagined, while he narrates. It's in the daydreams and imagined occurrences that this series really shows off its quirky sense of humor.
The first season of Scrubs follows J.D., his best friend Dr. Turk, nurse and Turk's girlfriend Carla, friend Dr. Elliot, mentor Dr. Cox, and various other hospital employees during J.D.'s year as an intern at Sacred Heart. It sets up all of the emotional bonds and relationships between the different characters from the good vs. evil relationship between Dr. Cox and Chief of Medicine Dr. Kelso to the cat and mouse game between the Janitor and J.D. While the humor is what makes this show spectacular, it's the strong character relationships that provide the solid base to fall back on.
While this show is a comedy without any doubt (and a darned good one) it also has plenty of morals and touchy-feely moments dealing with the more serious issues that must arise when working at a hospital. While in theory I should dislike this, for the reason I dislike medical dramas, it doesn't bother me. I would much rather have the doctors from Scrubs work on me if I was sick than any other fictional group of television doctors.
Scrubs just has some spectacular characters and guest appearances. Although the show can be somewhat cartoonish at times thanks to J.D.'s daydreams, all of the actors are amazing, being able to go from silly to serious without seeming to break a sweat. Thanks to the fast-paced nature of the show we get to see a wide-range of acting come from all of the actors, and all of them are up to the task.
If Scrubs has any flaw it's that it's a touch sitcom-ish. Obviously it is a sitcom, so this is to be expected, but despite intelligent writing and clever situations many cliché things crop up from time to time, and very standard morals are told. While this does detract somewhat, thankfully it doesn't detract much. Despite the subconscious reminder that the show is a sitcom it's still thoroughly enjoyable.
If you haven't seen Scrubs then you are missing out on a truly funny show. The humor is universal - I'm pretty sure anyone can find something to like about this show. If you have seen an episode or two then you should realize you owe it to yourself to watch more. For being well written, well acted, and a diamond in the rough, Scrubs is getting my Seal of Approval.
Written by Hyperion, 2006-01-08 02:22:18