If you know me, you would know I love a good workplace comedy. Especially, if you judge me based on the embarrassing amounts of time I have re-watched “Parks and Recreation.” However, there is one work environment sitcom that I turn to often that is often forgotten. That show is “Scrubs.”
The series, which began airing on NBC in fall 2001, follows the lives of medical interns at Sacred Heart Teaching Hospital as they struggle to navigate post-grad life and put the knowledge they learned in school to use.
Unlike the drama-filed storylines of shows like “ER” and “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Scrubs” provides a refreshing comedic take on what it is like to work in the medical profession.
What makes the series so strong is the ensemble cast. The actors have excellent chemistry and the writing is funny and engaging. This makes it easy to fall in love with the characters and their family dynamics. I mean, who can deny that J.D. and Turk had one of the best bromances in TV history? And despite a late series network move to ABC, it was the cast and characters that kept the viewers coming back.
Every show has some seasons that are worse than other, and “Scrubs” is no exception. Personally, I like to pretend season 9 never happened. It was a clear that ABC was attempting to milk as much money out of the show as they could. However, it negated the season 8 finale and what it accomplished by wrapping up the stories of the — now accomplished — doctors. It brought in new characters that the audience didn't have time to, or want, to care about. Leaving the final season feeling like a badly executed spinoff.
Overall, “Scrubs” is still enjoyable. I can – it over and over again and still laugh out loud. In my opinion, it's great to watch while lying on the couch or cramming for the end of the semester. I just recommend skipping the final season.
If you need a sitcom, “Scrubs” is available to stream on Hulu and Amazon Prime.