Scrubs is an American comedy-drama created in 2001 by Bill Lawrence and produced currently by ABC Studios. The show follows the lives of several employees of Sacred Heart, a teaching hospital. It features fast-paced dialogue, slapstick, and surreal vignettes presented mostly as the daydreams of the central character, Dr. John "J.D." Dorian, played by Zach Braff.
Alongside Braff, the first eight seasons of the show starred Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, John C McGinley, Judy Reyes, Ken Jenkins and Neil Flynn. In the ninth season, only Faison and McGinley will appear as regular cast members, while the rest with the exception of Reyes, will make guest appearances. A complete script is written for each episode of Scrubs; however, actors are given opportunities to improvise their lines during the shooting process. The series has repeatedly featured guest appearances by film actors not generally seen on episodic television, such as Colin Farrell, Heather Graham, and Brendan Fraser
Scrubs premiered on October 2, 2001 on NBC. During the seventh season, NBC announced that it would not renew the show. Shortly after the seventh season finale, ABC announced that it had bought the rights to the show and on January 6, 2009, the eighth season of Scrubs premiered on ABC. The eighth season finale aired on May 6, 2009. Scrubs has been renewed for a ninth season of 13 episodes, for which Zach Braff and Sarah Chalke have signed on for six. The ninth season, which will premiere December 1, 2009 on ABC, will feature several new cast members
The show's title is a play on surgical scrubs and a term for a low-ranking or insignificant person (at the beginning of the show, most of the main characters were medical interns, one of the lowest ranks in the medical hierarchy).
Cast and characters
The series features seven main cast members, with numerous characters recurring throughout the series.
- Zach Braff portrays John Michael "J.D." Dorian, the show's protagonist and narrator. J.D. 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.
- Sarah Chalke portrays Elliot Reid, another intern and later private practice physician. Her relationship with J.D. becomes romantic on several occasions throughout the series. 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.
- Donald Faison portrays Christopher Turk, J.D.'s best friend and a surgical attending physician. Turk and J.D. 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, which is best described in season 6 as "Guy Love".
- Neil Flynn portrays the hospital's custodian, known only as "Janitor". An incident in the pilot episode establishes an adversarial relationship between him and J.D., which persists throughout the series. This tends to take the form of the Janitor pulling mean-spirited pranks on J.D., although he has shown, several times through out the series, that he has a good side. In the season eight finale, "'the Janitor"' admits his name to J.D. as "Glenn Matthews".
- Ken Jenkins portrays Bob Kelso, Sacred Heart's Chief of Medicine. Kelso is cold, heartless and cruel, driven primarily by the hospital's bottom line rather than the well-being of patients. However, it is occasionally suggested that he has a softer side, and that his cruelty is a means of coping with the years of hard decisions. He has been forced to make hard decisions from the beginning, stating that when he became Chief of Medicine, he thought he'd be "the man". Instead he very quickly realized that the harsh decisions made him unpopular, but he had to continue his "evil" facade to keep the hospital running smoothly. He retired in Season 7, after which his relationship with staff at the hospital improves. Occasionally talks about his disdain for his homosexual son.
- John C. McGinley portrays Perry Cox, a senior attending physician at Sacred Heart and the hospital's Residency Director before becoming the new Chief of Medicine in season eight. J.D. considers Cox his mentor despite the fact that Cox routinely criticizes and belittles him. Cox frequently suggests that this harsh treatment is intended as conditioning for the rigors of hospital life.
- Judy Reyes portrays Carla Espinosa, the hospital's head nurse, who acts like a mother figure to interns, often hiding their mistakes from their attending doctor.During the course of the series Turk forms a relationship with Carla; they start dating early in the series, later getting married, and starting a family together.