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Scrubs (TV series)

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Scrubs stylized as is an American medical comedy-drama television series created by Bill Lawrence that aired from October 2, 2001, to March 17, 2010, on NBC and later ABC The series follows the lives of employees at the fictional Sacred Heart teaching hospital The title is a play on surgical scrubs and a term for a low-ranking person because at the beginning of the series, most of the main characters were medical interns

The series is fast-paced, with slapstick and surreal vignettes presented mostly as the daydreams of the central character, Dr John "JD" Dorian, who is played by Zach Braff Actors starring alongside Braff in all but its last season included Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, John C McGinley, and Judy Reyes The series featured multiple guest appearances by film actors, such as Brendan Fraser, Heather Graham, and Colin Farrell

In its ninth and final season, the show's setting moved to a medical school, and new cast members were introduced Of the original cast, only Braff, Faison, and McGinley remained regular cast members, while the others, with the exception of Reyes, made guest appearances Braff appeared in six episodes of the ninth season before departing Kerry Bishé, Eliza Coupe, Dave Franco, and Michael Mosley became series regulars, with Bishé becoming the show's new narrator

Scrubs, produced by the television production division of Disney–ABC Television Group, premiered on October 2, 2001, on NBC The series received a Peabody Award in 2006 During the seventh season, NBC announced that it would not renew the show ABC announced it had picked up the eighth season of the series, which began January 6, 2009 The ninth season premiered on December 1, 2009 On May 14, 2010, ABC cancelled the series

Contents

  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Cast and characters
  • 3 Season synopsis
  • 4 Production
    • 41 Title sequence
    • 42 Main crew
      • 421 Medical advisors
    • 43 Filming location and Sacred Heart Hospital
    • 44 WGA strike and network change
    • 45 Switch to ABC
      • 451 Season eight
      • 452 Season nine
    • 46 Cancellation
    • 47 Crossovers
    • 48 Cinematography and delivery format
    • 49 Music
      • 491 Theme song
      • 492 Soundtracks
      • 493 Featured musical contributors
      • 494 The Worthless Peons
  • 5 Reception
    • 51 Critical reception
      • 511 First eight seasons
      • 512 Ninth season
    • 52 Awards and nominations
    • 53 Ratings
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Overview

Scrubs focuses on the unique point of view of its main character and narrator, Dr John Michael "JD" Dorian Zach Braff for the first eight seasons, with season nine being narrated by the new main character Lucy Bennett Kerry Bishé Most episodes feature multiple story lines thematically linked by voice-overs done by Braff, as well as the comical daydreams of JD According to Bill Lawrence, "What we decided was, rather than have it be a monotone narration, if it's going to be Zach's voice, we're going to do everything through JD's eyes It opened up a visual medium that those of us as comedy writers were not used to" Actors were given the chance to improvise their lines on set with encouragement by series creator Bill Lawrence, with Neil Flynn and Zach Braff being the main improvisors

Almost every episode title for the first eight seasons begins with the word "My" Bill Lawrence says this is because each episode is Dr John Dorian writing in his diary revealed in the commentary on the DVD of the first-season episode "My Hero" A few episodes are told from another character's perspective and have episode titles like "His Story" or "Her Story" Apart from a brief period of narration from JD at the beginning and the end, these episodes primarily contain internal narration from other characters besides JD The transfer of the narration duties usually occurs at a moment of physical contact between two characters Starting with season nine, the episode titles start with "Our" as the focus has shifted from the perspective of JD to a new group of medical students The webisodes that accompanied season eight, Scrubs: Interns, also were named "Our"

Cast and characters

Main article: List of Scrubs characters Scrubs' original cast, seasons 1–8:
From left to right: John C McGinley, Neil Flynn, Sarah Chalke, Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Ken Jenkins, and Judy Reyes

For the first eight seasons, the series featured seven main cast members, with numerous other characters recurring throughout the course of the series Starting with the ninth season, many of the original cast left as regular characters, while four new additions were made to the main cast

  • Zach Braff portrays John Michael "JD" Dorian seasons 1–9, the show's protagonist and narrator JD is a young attending physician, who begins the series as a staff intern His voice-over to the series comes from his internal thoughts and often features surreal fantasies JD describes himself as a "sensi", enjoying acoustic alternative music and being a lover of hugs Over the course of the series, JD rises the ranks of the hospital before leaving Sacred Heart to become the Residency Director at St Vincent Hospital, before briefly returning to become a teacher at Winston University JD has a son with ex-girlfriend Kim Briggs and a child with wife Elliot Reid
  • Sarah Chalke portrays Elliot Reid seasons 1–8, recurring season 9, another intern and later private-practice physician Her relationship with JD becomes romantic on several occasions throughout the series, resulting in them eventually marrying and having a child together As the series progresses, despite an initial dislike of each other, she becomes friends with Carla Elliot is driven by a neurotic desire to prove her abilities to her family in which all of the males are doctors, her peers, and herself She is described as extremely book-smart, while her social abilities were somewhat lacking Her social skills develop throughout the seasons
  • Donald Faison portrays Christopher Turk seasons 1–9, JD's best friend and surgeon, who rises from intern to chief of surgery as the series progresses Turk and JD were roommates when they attended the College of William and Mary, as well as in medical school, and the two have an extremely close relationship Turk is highly driven and competitive while always remaining loyal During the course of the series, Turk forms a relationship with Carla; they start dating early in the series, then get married, and eventually start a family together, having two children In season nine, he is a teacher at Winston University while continuing his duties as chief of surgery
  • Neil Flynn portrays the "Janitor" guest star seasons 1 and 9, main cast seasons 2–8, the hospital's custodian An incident in the pilot episode establishes an antagonistic relationship between JD and him, which persists throughout the series This tends to take the form of the Janitor pulling abusive pranks on JD, although he has shown, several times throughout the series, that he has a good side The Janitor's real name is not mentioned until the season eight finale when he reveals to JD that he is called "Glenn Matthews" Shortly after this revelation, he is addressed as and answers to "Tommy" by another member of the hospital staff, bringing his previously stated name into question However, it was later confirmed in a Facebook video by creator Bill Lawrence that the former is indeed his true name
  • Ken Jenkins portrays Bob Kelso seasons 1–8, recurring season 9, Sacred Heart's chief of medicine for the first seven seasons, after which he retires; in season nine, he becomes a teacher at Winston University While chief of medicine, Kelso is seen to be selfish, intimidating and mean-spirited, driven primarily by the hospital's bottom line rather than the well-being of patients It is occasionally suggested that he has a softer side, and that his meanness is a means of coping with the years of hard decisions After his retirement in season seven, his relationship with staff at the hospital improves, becoming a regular at the hospital's coffee shop where he is entitled to "free muffins for life" He is married with a son and regularly comments on the poor state of his marriage and the activities of his homosexual son In season nine, after the death of his wife, Kelso becomes a teacher at Winston University along with JD, Dr Cox, and Turk
  • John C McGinley portrays Perry Cox seasons 1–9, an attending physician who becomes the chief of medicine at Sacred Heart in season eight JD considers Cox his mentor despite the fact that Cox routinely criticizes him, patronizes him, and calls him female names Cox frequently suggests that this cruel treatment is intended as conditioning for the rigors of hospital life On rare occasions, he expresses grudging admiration and even pride at JD's accomplishments and his genuine concern for his patients, though his affection and respect for JD is apparent despite the infrequency of its expression Dr Cox is dedicated to the welfare of his patients, leading to frequent arguments with Bob Kelso In season nine, he is seen working as a professor at Winston University while continuing his duties as chief of medicine
  • Judy Reyes portrays Carla Espinosa seasons 1–8, the hospital's head nurse Carla is opinionated, stubborn, and domineering, but continually caring, acting as a mother figure to interns, supporting them and sticking up for them when they make mistakes During the course of the series, Turk forms a relationship with Carla; they start dating in the first episode of the series, then get married, and eventually start a family together She is very close to JD, affectionately calling him "Bambi", and despite initially disliking each other, also becomes close friends with Elliot
  • Eliza Coupe portrays Denise Mahoney recurring season 8, regular season 9, an intern at Sacred Heart Hospital in season eight She is outspoken and brutally honest, and struggles with patient-doctor communications because of this In season nine, she is a resident at the new Sacred Heart Hospital, as well as a student adviser and teacher's assistant at Winston University She is romantically involved with medical student Drew Suffin
  • Kerry Bishé portrays Lucy Bennett season 9, a medical student at Winston University She is the protagonist of season nine, initially sharing the narrating duties of the show with JD before taking over completely She, like JD, also has surreal fantasies She loves horses and is romantically involved with a fellow student, Cole Aaronson
  • Michael Mosley portrays Drew Suffin season 9, a medical student at Winston University Though few details are ever given, Drew's dark past is often alluded to, including a previous burn-out at medical school He is in a relationship with Denise Mahoney
  • Dave Franco portrays Cole Aaronson season 9, an arrogant medical student at Winston University whose family donated a large amount of money to get the new Sacred Heart Hospital built and as such, believes that he is untouchable After being diagnosed with skin cancer and subsequently going into remission after successful surgery, Cole rethinks his life and decides to specialize in surgery He is in a relationship with Lucy Bennett

Season synopsis

Main article: List of Scrubs episodes

The first season introduces John Michael "JD" Dorian and his best friend Christopher Turk in their first year out of medical school as interns at Sacred Heart Hospital JD meets his reluctant mentor Dr Perry Cox; an attractive female intern named Elliot, on whom he develops a crush; the hospital's janitor, who goes out of his way to make JD's life difficult; Chief of Medicine Dr Bob Kelso, who is more concerned about the budget than the patients; and Carla Espinosa, the head nurse who eventually becomes Turk's girlfriend The characters face romance and relationship issues, family obligations, overwhelming paperwork, long shifts, dealing with death of patients and conflicting pressures from senior doctors

The second season follows JD's second year practicing medicine at Sacred Heart where Elliot, Turk, and he are now residents As the season develops, money issues affect the three of them, especially Elliot, who's dad cut her off and JD's older brother Dan Tom Cavanagh comes to visit, as does Turk's brother Kevin DL Hughley Season two focuses on the romantic relationships of the main characters: Turk proposes to an indecisive Carla, who has doubts about if Turk mature enough, Elliot dates nurse Paul Flowers Rick Schroder, Dr Cox dates pharmaceutical rep Julie Heather Locklear before reigniting a relationship with his pregnant ex-wife Jordan Christa Miller JD, meanwhile, attempts a relationship with Elliot, and later falls for Jamie Amy Smart, the wife of one of his coma patients

As the third season opens, Elliot decides to change her image with some help from the Janitor JD's undeniable crush on Elliot emerges again, but JD instead begins a relationship with Jordan's sister Danni Tara Reid, who is also dealing with feelings for her ex Turk and Carla are engaged and planning their wedding Turk, along with the Todd and the other surgical residents, deal with new attending surgeon Dr Grace Miller Bellamy Young, who dislikes Turk and considers him sexist Dr Cox and Jordan are doing well with their relationship and their son Jack, although Dr Cox develops a schoolboy crush on Dr Miller He also struggles with the death of his best friend Elliot gets into a serious relationship with Sean Kelly Scott Foley and tries to maintain a long-distance relationship while he is in New Zealand for six months JD eventually convinces Elliot to break up with Sean to date him, only to realize, once he has her, that he does not actually love her Their relationship lasts three days The season ends with Turk and Carla's wedding, which Turk misses due to surgery and a church mix-up

In season four, JD finishes his residency and becomes a full-blown colleague of Dr Cox, although their dynamic does not change much As the season opens, Turk arrives from his honeymoon with Carla, but they soon start having issues when Carla tries to change many things about her new husband Their marriage and Turk's friendship with JD experience friction when JD and Carla share a drunken kiss Dr Cox and Jordan learn that their divorce was not final, but this is not necessarily all good news Elliot is still angry with JD for breaking her heart, and the situation becomes more uncomfortable still when she dates JD's brother JD has a new love interest of his own when a new and very attractive psychiatrist, Dr Molly Clock Heather Graham, arrives at Sacred Heart Molly also serves as Elliot's mentor during her time at the hospital

Season five starts with JD living in a hotel, sorting out apartment issues Elliot has taken a new fellowship in another hospital Turk and Carla are trying to have a baby, despite Turk still having doubts Finally, new interns have arrived to Sacred Heart, chief among them being Keith Dudemeister Travis Schuldt, who soon becomes Elliot's new boyfriend, much to JD's dissatisfaction JD is cast in the role of expecting father, discovering at the very end of the season that his girlfriend, Dr Kim Briggs Elizabeth Banks, is pregnant with his child

The sixth season has JD and the other characters mature to fill the different roles required of them Turk and Carla become parents when Carla gives birth to their daughter Isabella Elliot plans her wedding to Keith, although JD and she still harbor feelings for each other Dr Cox, as father of two children with Jordan, struggles to prevent his foul disposition from affecting his parenting

In season seven, JD and Elliot struggle once again to deny their feelings for each other, despite Elliot soon to be marrying Keith and JD to have his first son with Kim, while the Janitor may have a new girlfriend Bob Kelso's job is put on the line as he turns 65 years old JD's brother Dan also returns to town

The eighth season has Dr Kelso's replacement, Dr Taylor Maddox Courteney Cox, arrive; she quickly makes a lot of changes, affecting the way doctors treat patients Elliot and JD finally discuss their true feelings for each other and again become a couple Janitor and Lady Kit Pongetti marry, while Dr Cox is promoted to chief of medicine to replace the dismissed Dr Maddox, with some encouragement from Dr Kelso Dr Kelso and Dr Cox becomes friends and JD prepares to leave Sacred Heart to move closer to his son, with Elliot Turk is promoted to chief of surgery at Sacred Heart

Coinciding with season eight, the webisode series Scrubs: Interns was launched, focusing around the eighth season's medical interns, Sonja "Sunny" Dey Sonal Shah, Denise Eliza Coupe, Katie Betsy Beutler, and Howie Todd Bosley The interns learn from various characters of the show about life in the hospital

The ninth season takes place over a year after season eight's finale The old Sacred Heart hospital has been torn down and rebuilt Doctors Cox, Dorian, and Turk are now Winston University medical school professors whose students occasionally rotate through the new Sacred Heart Between the end of season eight and the beginning of season nine, the Janitor has left the hospital after being told that JD was not returning, and Elliot and JD have married and are expecting their first child JD's stay at the university is short and he leaves the series after six episodes, reappearing in episode 9, "Our Stuff Gets Real", as a secondary character Kelso's wife passes away and Ted quits Sacred Heart to travel around the US with his girlfriend

Production

The origin for the show is loosely based on Dr Jonathan Doris' experiences as a resident in internal medicine at Brown Medical School, which served as inspiration for college friend and show creator Bill Lawrence

Scrubs was produced by ABC, through its production division, though it was aired by rival broadcaster NBC According to show runner Lawrence, the arrangement is unusual, at least for 2007: "The show is a dinosaur, on one network and completely owned by another" and, since it is now in syndication, making a "ton of money for Touchstone" Lawrence confirmed ABC would have broadcast the seventh season had NBC refused to do so

Title sequence

The chest X-ray featured at the end of the title sequence was hung backwards for most of the first five seasons Lawrence has stated that having the X-ray backwards was intentional as it signified that the new interns were inexperienced During Zach Braff's audio commentary on "My Last Chance", he states that the error was actually unintentional The error became somewhat infamous and was even parodied in "My Cabbage"

An attempt was made to fix the error in the extended title sequence used at the beginning of season two that included Neil Flynn, but the extended sequence including corrected X-ray was soon scrapped due to fan and network request Finally, in "My Urologist", Dr Kim Briggs steps into the credits and switches the X-ray around, saying, "That's backwards; it's been bugging me for years" At the beginning of season eight, when the series switched to ABC, the chest X-ray was once again backwards

The ninth season features a new title sequence with a new version of the theme song "Superman" performed by WAZ The new title sequences features the four new characters–Denise, Lucy, Drew, and Cole, as well as Dr Cox and Turk, while JD is seen at the end placing the chest X-ray In all season nine episodes that do not feature JD, he is absent from the title sequence and Lucy is the one placing the X-ray The X-ray at the end of the sequence is also not backwards and the subtitle "Med School" appears at the end of the sequence

Main crew

The show's creator, Bill Lawrence, was also an executive producer and the showrunner He wrote 14 episodes and directed 17 Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan co-wrote 13 episodes during their eight-year run on the show, starting as co-producers on the show and ending as executive producers; they left the show after the eighth season Mike Schwartz, who also played Lloyd the Delivery Guy, wrote 13 episodes during the first eight seasons; he started out as a story editor and became co-executive producer in season six Janae Bakken and Debra Fordham were writers and producers during the first eight seasons, each writing 16 episodes Other notable writers who started in the first season include Mark Stegemann, who wrote 14 episodes and directed two episodes during the first eight seasons; Gabrielle Allan, who wrote 11 episodes during the first four seasons and was co-executive producer; Eric Weinberg, who wrote 11 episodes during the first six seasons and was co-executive producer; Matt Tarses, who wrote eight episodes during the first four seasons and was co-executive producer Notable writers who joined in the second season include Tim Hobert, who wrote 11 episodes from seasons two to six, and became executive producer in season five Angela Nissel wrote 10 episodes from seasons two to eight, starting out as a staff writer and became supervising producer in season seven Bill Callahan joined the show in season four, writing eight episodes from seasons four to eight; he became executive producer in season six

Adam Bernstein, who directed the pilot episode, "My First Day", also directed 11 episodes up until season seven Michael Spiller directed the most episodes, 20 during the entire series run Ken Whittingham and Chris Koch both directed 12 episodes from seasons two to nine Comedian Michael McDonald, who also appeared on the show, directed five episodes Show star Zach Braff directed seven episodes of the show, including the landmark 100th episode "My Way Home", which won a Peabody Award in April 2007 In 2009, Josh Bycel, a writer and supervising producer for the animated comedy American Dad!, joined the crew as a new executive producer for the ninth season

Medical advisors

Scrubs writers worked with several medical advisors, including doctors Jonathan Doris, Jon Turk, and Dolly Klock Their names serve as the basis for the names of characters John Dorian, Chris Turk, and Molly Clock played by Braff, Faison, and Heather Graham, respectively In the season eight finale "My Finale", the "real JD", Jonathan Doris, made a cameo appearance as the doctor who said "adios" to JD

Filming location and Sacred Heart Hospital

Scrubs' filming location, the North Hollywood Medical Center being torn down after the series finished production

In the show, Sacred Heart is an inner-city teaching hospital located in California The first eight seasons of Scrubs were filmed on location at the North Hollywood Medical Center, a decommissioned hospital located at 12629 Riverside Drive in North Hollywood, but the location of Sacred Heart Hospital within the fictional world of Scrubs is left ambiguous Cast and crew on the show refer to the location as "San DiFrangeles"—a portmanteau of San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles that is meant to encompass a large part of California In season four's episode nine, "My Malpractice Decision", Turk's new phone number has the Sacramento area code 916 For the ninth season, the show moved to Culver Studios The building used for the exteriors of the new Sacred Heart Hospital is located at the intersection of Ince Boulevard and Lindblade Street in Culver City, California 34°01′26″N 118°23′29″W / 34023988°N 118391414°W / 34023988; -118391414

WGA strike and network change

On November 5, 2007, the Writers Guild of America went on strike, which put the production of the show's seventh season on hold When the strike started, only 11 of Scrubs' 18 planned seventh-season episodes had been finished Lawrence refused to cross any WGA picket lines to serve any of his duties for the show, so ABC Studios had non-WGA members finish episode 12, which the studio had unsuccessfully pressured Lawrence to rewrite as a series finale prior to the strike

During the strike, NBC announced that The Office and Scrubs would be replaced by Celebrity Apprentice NBC later announced that they would leave Scrubs on hiatus for the time being and fill the 8–9 pm timeslot with various specials and repeats

Episode 11, "My Princess", was eventually filmed, although Lawrence was absent Filming of episode 11 was disrupted by picketers It was believed that Lawrence had tipped the picketers off about the filming schedule, although these beliefs turned out to be false as Lawrence quickly drove to the set to "keep the peace" After the strike ended, Lawrence announced that the final episodes of Scrubs would be produced, although at the time, he was unsure where or how they would be distributed

Switch to ABC

Amid strike-induced doubt involving the final episodes of Scrubs, on February 28, 2008, The Hollywood Reporter reported that ABC was in talks with corporate sibling ABC Studios with the aim of bringing Scrubs to ABC for an eighth season of 18 episodes, despite Lawrence and Braff's protests that the seventh season would definitely be the last Just hours later, Variety reported that NBC was lashing out and threatening legal action against ABC Studios McGinley confirmed that he had been told to report back to work on March 24, 2008, to begin production for another season On March 12, 2008, McGinley was also quoted as saying that the show's long-rumored move from NBC to ABC was a done deal, and that Scrubs would air on ABC during the 2008–09 TV season as a midseason replacement

On March 19, 2008, Michael Ausiello of TV Guide reported that although nothing was "official", the Scrubs cast was to report back to work the following Wednesday for work on a season "unofficial" as yet Zach Braff posted in his blog on MySpace, on April 28, 2008, that an eighth season consisting of 18 episodes was under production, but that he could not say where it will be aired He then stated, on May 7, 2008, that the May 8 episode would be the final NBC-aired episode of Scrubs, which was followed by a bulletin on his MySpace, on May 12, confirming that Scrubs's eighth season would be moving to ABC

Season eight

Main article: Scrubs season 8

On May 13, 2008, ABC announced that Scrubs would be a midseason replacement, airing Tuesday nights at 9:00 pm EST Steve McPherson, ABC's President of Entertainment, also stated that additional seasons of Scrubs beyond the eighth could be produced if it performs well In late November, ABC announced Scrubs would resume with back-to-back episodes on January 6, 2009, at 9:00 pm EST

Creator Bill Lawrence described season eight as more like the first few seasons in tone, with increased focus on more realistic storylines, accompanied by the introduction of new characters Courteney Cox joined the cast as the new chief of medicine, Dr Maddox, for a three-episode arc The eighth season includes webisodes and is the first Scrubs season broadcast in high definition

Sarah Chalke was hoping that JD and Elliot would end up back together, comparing them to Friends characters Ross and Rachel, which has been addressed a few times on the show In the early episodes of the season, they did rekindle their relationship, and continued dating through the end of the season Several actors who guest starred as patients at Sacred Heart during the course of Scrubs returned for the finale

The double-length season eight finale, "My Finale", aired May 6, 2009, and was expected to be the series finale, as well However, it soon became clear that the show would return for a ninth season

Season nine

Main article: Scrubs season 9

On April 16, 2009, Bill Lawrence wrote on the ABCcom message boards that a season nine of Scrubs was still "50/50" On April 28, it was announced that ABC was in talks to renew Scrubs for another year

Bill Lawrence also stated that Scrubs as it was is over, for the show to move forward with a new cast in an ER type role on ABC, or take a new title completely In response to criticisms that the change would tarnish Scrubs' legacy, Lawrence defended the decision, as it would allow the Scrubs crew to continue work through a recession: "'Legacy shmegacy' I'm really proud of the show, I'll continue to be proud of the show, but I love all of those people"

On June 19, 2009, it was announced that the ninth season of Scrubs would "shift from the hospital to the classroom and make med-school professors of John C McGinley's Dr Cox and Donald Faison's Turk" According to Lawrence, the ninth season will "be a lot like Paper Chase as a comedy", with Cox and Turk's students occasionally rotating through the halls of Sacred Heart and encountering former series regulars McGinley and Faison were joined by "a quartet of newbies most of them playing students" as full-time regulars, while one of the freshmen "will be fairly famous"

Of the seven actors who had appeared in the show since the pilot, only Faison and McGinley retained their roles as regulars Zach Braff returned part-time and was absent for the majority of the season, while retaining lead billing for six episodes Sarah Chalke returned for four episodes as a guest star; Ken Jenkins, credited as a guest star, appeared in nine of the 13 episodes; Neil Flynn appeared in the season premiere in a brief cameo; Judy Reyes was the only former star not to return to the show

The new main cast included Eliza Coupe returning to the recurring role of Denise "Jo" Mahoney from season eight, Dave Franco as Cole, a charming, confidently stupid, and incredibly entitled medical student whose family donated the money to build the school, Kerry Bishé as Lucy, who shared the starring role with Braff in the beginning of the season and eventually became the show's new narrator, and Michael Mosley as Drew, a 30-year-old med student on his last attempt at school

Production for the final season took place at Culver Studios

Cancellation

On May 14, 2010, it was officially announced that the show was canceled The season nine finale, titled "Our Thanks", aired March 17, 2010 Five days later, on March 22, 2010, Zach Braff announced, via the official Facebook page, that the ninth season of Scrubs would be the last, commenting that, "Many of you have asked, so here it is: it appears that 'New Scrubs', 'Scrubs 20', 'Scrubs with New Kids', 'Scrubbier', 'Scrubs without JD' is no more It was worth a try, but alas it didn't work"

Crossovers

Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, John C McGinley and Neil Flynn reprised their roles as JD, Elliot Reid, Carla Espinosa, Perry Cox, and the Janitor to make a cameo appearances in the 2003 Muppets film It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, trying to reanimate Miss Piggy Eventually, Piggy and the Scrubs cast break the fourth wall, with the actors portraying themselves and Bill Lawrence appearing as himself/the director of the current episode

Sam Lloyd reprised his role as Ted Buckland in the season two finale of the Lawrence series Cougar Town In the episode, written and directed by Lawrence, Ted is in Hawaii and says his girlfriend, Stephanie Gooch, has run off with Dr Hooch Lloyd reprised his role again in a season three episode which also featured Ken Jenkins, Robert Maschio, Zach Braff, Christa Miller, Sarah Chalke and the Worthless Peons in cameo appearances at the end of the episode

Cinematography and delivery format

The show is shot with a single instead of multiple-camera setup more typical for sitcoms The season four episode "My Life in Four Cameras", has a brief multiple-camera style, since it includes JD's fantasies of life being more like a traditional sitcom

John Inwood, the cinematographer of the series, shot the series with his own Aaton XTR prod Super16 film camera Despite the fact that some broadcasters, such as the BBC, consider Super 16 a "non-HD" format, John Inwood believed that footage from his camera was not only sufficient to air in high definition, but it also "looked terrific"

Except for the finale of season five, "My Transition", which was broadcast in high definition, the first seven seasons of the show have been broadcast in standard definition with a 4:3 frame aspect ratio After the show was moved from NBC to ABC, the broadcast format for new episodes changed to high definition John Inwood opined that older episodes could be rereleased in HD, as well From the very beginning, he filmed the show with widescreen delivery in mind so the whole series could be aired in high definition when the market evolved

All nine seasons have been released on DVD in 4:3 format However, the eighth season was also released on Blu-ray Disc in the original widescreen format

Music

Music plays a large role in Scrubs A wide variety of rock, pop, and indie artists are featured, and almost every episode ends with a musical montage summing up the themes and plot lines of the episode, and the music for these montages is often picked even before the episodes are completely written

Members of the cast and crew are encouraged to contribute song suggestions, with many ideas coming from series creator Bill Lawrence, writer Neil Goldman, and actors Zach Braff whose college friends Cary Brothers and Joshua Radin appear on the Scrubs soundtrack and Christa Miller who selected Colin Hay and Tammany Hall NYC According to Lawrence, "Christa picks so much of the music for the show that a lot of the writers and actors don't even go to me anymore when they have a song They hand it to her"

In addition to music being featured as a soundtrack to the show, the cast also sings on a frequent basis, such as in the episode "My Best Friend's Mistake" when the entire cast had the Erasure song "A Little Respect" stuck in their heads and would sing it repeatedly Producers expanded Scrubs' musical emphasis with a musical episode early in the sixth season, called "My Musical" This episode aired on January 18, 2007

Theme song

The theme song of the series, performed by Lazlo Bane, is titled "Superman", and can be found on the album All the Time in the World, as well as on the first Scrubs soundtrack Lawrence credits Braff for finding and suggesting "Superman" as the theme song, with the specific lyric "I'm no Superman" serving as an allusion to the fallibility of the lead characters

The Scrubs main title is performed at a faster tempo than the original recording of the song The original, slower recording was used briefly at the beginning of season two, played during an extended version of the title sequence, as well as the opening for "My Urologist", and a special edit of the title sequence for resulting in roughly 1–2 seconds of music, followed by the line "I'm no Superman", accompanied by a quick flash of credits The original introduction from season one was used through most of season three and then used for seasons four through eight Beginning with season nine, a new version of "Superman" is used which is performed by WAZ

Soundtracks

Main article: List of Scrubs soundtracks

Three official soundtracks have been released The first soundtrack, Music From Scrubs, was released on CD on September 24, 2002 The second soundtrack, Scrubs Original Soundtrack Vol 2, was released exclusively on iTunes on May 9, 2006 The third soundtrack, "My Musical" Soundtrack, featured the music composed and performed in musical episode "My Musical"; it was released on Amazoncom and iTunes on August 7, 2007

Featured musical contributors

Colin Hay, the former frontman of Men at Work, has had music featured in at least seven episodes, and has appeared in the episode "My Overkill", performing the song "Overkill" as a street musician, and in the episode "My Hard Labor" performing "Down Under" Hay also sings "Where Everybody Knows Your Name", the theme from Cheers, in the episode "My Life in Four Cameras" and the episode "My Philosophy" features Hay's song "Waiting For My Real Life To Begin", sung by several members of the cast He also appeared in "My Finale"

The music of Joshua Radin, who is a friend of Scrubs star Zach Braff, appeared in six episodes

Music by Keren DeBerg has featured in 15 episodes, and she appeared in "My Musical" as an extra in the song "All Right"

Clay Aiken appeared in the episode "My Life in Four Cameras" and performed the song "Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder

The Worthless Peons

Main article: The Blanks

The Worthless Peons also known as Ted's Band, The Blanks, or in the "My Way Home" Director's Cut, as "Foghat" are an a cappella group made up of Sacred Heart hospital employees from different departments They are a cover band, and often sing songs from a specific genre for example, cartoon theme songs or commercial jingles

The Worthless Peons are played by The Blanks, who are a real-life a cappella band made up of Sam Lloyd who plays Ted, George Miserlis, Paul F Perry, and Philip McNiven The Blanks' album, Riding the Wave, features guest appearances from Lawrence and members of the Scrubs cast This band was put on the show when Sam Lloyd brought his a cappella band to the Scrubs cast Christmas party Lloyd told Lawrence about his band, and Lawrence got the idea of putting them in the show

The Worthless Peons also sing the theme song to the web series Scrubs: Interns, which features the new interns from season eight learning about the hospital in the same way that JD did in season one Interns is aired on the ABC website

Reception

Zach Braff's portrayal as JD received critical acclaim, earning him one Emmy and three Golden Globe nominations for his performance

Critical reception

First eight seasons

Throughout its original run, Scrubs received critical acclaim, with many critics praising its cast, characters, and humor especially JD's fantasy sequences In 2006, Entertainment Weekly's website EWcom gave the overall series the review was made early after the fifth-season premiere a grade of "A-", with the author saying "Scrubs is the trickiest comedy on TV A likable, daffy, buoyant series that would be a big annoying mess if it weren't done just right, Scrubs is the very definition of nimble" IGN gave the first season a perfect score of 10 The seven following seasons were rated, respectively, 9, 9, 9, 8, 75, 83 and 75

Common Sense Media, which mainly rates series in terms of violence, sex, and profanity, gave Scrubs a positive review and awarded it 4 out of 5 stars despite having rated both "Sex", "Language" and "Drinking, drugs, & smoking" 3 out of 5, stating "this show can be screamingly funny but is very adult-oriented" The Truth About Nursing, which checks the realism of the medical series, gave Scrubs a "Nursing rating" of 15 out of 4 stars, but an "Artistic rating" of 3 out of 4 stars, praising that "despite the nasty and surreal elements, its characters are not above learning or growing, as they try to cope with the very real stresses of life and death at the hospital" However, the reviewer stated, "The show's portrayal of nursing has been less impressive"

Review aggregate Metacritic only assigned an average score to the eighth and ninth seasons, with the eighth season scored 79/100, based on four reviews only all positives, indicating "Generally favorable reviews"

The ninth season's new characters were heavily criticized However, the performances of original cast members including Donald Faison, pictured were praised

Ninth season

The ninth and final season received mixed reviews, with many critics heavily criticizing the new cast; it received a score of 64/100 on Metacritic, indicating "Generally favorable reviews" An IGN editor gave it a positive score of 7 out of 10, stating "even though this was not the best season, I'll always have fond memories of the show"

USA Today reviewer Robert Bianco wrote a negative review, stating "The result is a deadly, deal-driven mistake that takes a network that has made great sitcom strides forward one unfortunate step back" He also noted that the presence of a few members of the original cast Braff, Faison, and John C McGinley "only makes it harder for the new characters to take hold" despite his additional criticism of Braff's performance Blogcritics gave it a mixed review, criticizing the new cast, but praising the performances by the original cast members

Awards and nominations

Further information: List of awards and nominations received by Scrubs Judy Reyes was nominated for four ALMA Awards, due to her Dominican heritage, winning two

Scrubs received 17 Emmy nominations, in categories such as casting, cinematography, directing, editing, and writing, winning only two Its fourth season earned the series its first nomination for Outstanding Comedy Series Zach Braff was also nominated that year for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series The series was nominated again the following year for Outstanding Comedy Series At the 59th Primetime Emmy Awards, the episode "My Musical" was nominated for five awards in four categories: Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Will Mackenzie, Outstanding Music Direction Jan Stevens and Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics "Everything Comes Down to Poo" and "Guy Love"; while sharing the award for Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series Half-Hour And Animation Joe Foglia, Peter J Nusbaum, and John W Cook II with Entourage

Braff was nominated for the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Television Series, Comedy or Musical in 2005, 2006, and 2007

The show won the 2002, 2008, and 2009 Humanitas Prize, an award created for rewarding human dignity, meaning, and freedom It also won a Peabody Award

Ratings

The table below indicates the ratings of Scrubs in the US "Rank" refers to how well Scrubs rated compared to other television series which aired during primetime hours of the corresponding television season The television season tends to begin in September, and ends during the May of the following year, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps "Viewers" refers to the average number of viewers for all original episodes, broadcast during the television season in the series' regular timeslot "Rank" is shown in relation to the total number of series airing on the then-six major English-language networks in a given season The "season premiere" is the date that the first episode of the season aired, and the "season finale" is the date that the final episode of the season aired

The highest-rated episode of Scrubs was the season two premiere "My Overkill", which aired on September 26, 2002, and received 2231 million viewers

Network Season Episodes Timeslot ET Original airing Rank Viewers
in millions
Season premiere Season finale TV season
NBC 1 24 Tuesday 9:30 pm October 2, 2001 May 21, 2002 2001–02 #38 1120
2 22 Thursday 8:30 pm September 26, 2002 April 17, 2003 2002–03 #14 1594
3 22 Thursday 8:30 pm
Tuesday 9:30 pm
October 2, 2003 May 4, 2004 2003–04 #43 1041
4 25 Tuesday 9:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 pm
August 31, 2004 May 10, 2005 2004–05 #88 690
5 24 Tuesday 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 pm
January 3, 2006 May 16, 2006 2005–06 #98 640
6 22 Thursday 9:30 pm November 30, 2006 May 17, 2007 2006–07 #87 641
7 11 Thursday 9:30 pm
Thursday 8:30 pm
October 25, 2007 May 8, 2008 2007–08 #115 638
ABC 8 19 Tuesday 9:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 pm
January 6, 2009 May 6, 2009 2008–09 #106 554
9 13 Tuesday 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 pm
December 1, 2009 March 17, 2010 2009–10 #116 379

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External links

  • Scrubs at the Internet Movie Database
  • Scrubs at TVcom
  • Scrubs at Disney–ABC Domestic Television


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