Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that has had over 30 award wins and 127 nominations including three of them being for the Golden Globes. This week we look at – Scrubs

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Opening Sequence / Theme Tune

About the Show

Summary of Plot

In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John “J.D.” Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship, and life.-IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

9 seasons

Characters:

Donald Faison – Dr Christopher Turk

John C. McGinley – Dr Perry Cox

Ken Jenkins – Dr Bob Kelso

Zach Braff – Dr John ‘J.D’ Dorian

Sarah Chalke – Dr Elliot Reid

Neil Flynn – Janitor

Judy Reyes – Nurse Carla Espinosa

Trivia

  • Bill Lawrence and a few of the writers jokingly claim that Neil Flynn (The Janitor) has never actually spoken a line from any script. A fourth season script reportedly even contained “(Whatever Neil says)”. While Lawrence’s comment is certainly an exaggeration, it illustrates how much of his performance is spontaneous.
  • Every episode was scripted, but the actors had the choice to improvise their lines if they thought of something funnier.
  • Dr. Cox’s (John C. McGinley’s) trademark of calling J.D. by girls’ names is what McGinley does in real-life (jokingly) to his good friend and neighbor, John Cusack.
  • Several characters, including Colonel Doctor, Snoop Dogg Intern, and Dr. Beardface started as extras, and were referred to by these names by the cast and crew, who did not know their real names, but were later written into episodes with speaking roles.
  • The couple that makes the bungee jump for Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke, in the second season, met on the set for the first day. They married soon afterward.
  • Unusually for a series, no one character appears in every episode. The closest to hold this achievement are John C. McGinley (Dr. Cox) and Donald Faison (Turk), who are absent from three episodes each. Following them are Ken Jenkins (Bob Kelso) and Zach Braff(J.D.), who are absent from seven and eight episodes, respectively.
  • Many episodes contain some form of the phrase “And there it is” in its dialogue, usually when the moral or theme of that episode is revealed. Usually J.D. delivers this line, but sometimes other characters are given this responsibility.

Classic Clips

Scrubs Funny Moments

Best Scrubs Moments

Best of the Janitor