Scrubs: The Complete First Season

DVD Reviews | May 20th, 2005

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Starring Zach Braff, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Neil Flynn, Ken Jenkins, Judy Reyes, Sarah Chalke, Christa Miller
Written By: Bill Lawrence
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Studio: Buena Vista
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Scrubs is a show I love to watch, but never know when it’s on TV. After watching this DVD, I need to start watching this show again. The first season is absolutely hilarious and the show in general is very unique.

Scrubs is about a group of intern Doctors and Nurses starting out at Sacred Heart Hospital. The show is seen through the eyes of young wacky resident doctor J.D, who narrates the show. Sometimes you see what J.D is thinking thru brilliantly done surreal scenes that makes the show hysterical to watch. J.D’s best friend Turk, also works at the Hospital as a surgeon and dates a fast talking, snappy Latino registered nurse. J.D. Meets a fellow doctor Elliot, who’s a hot blonde who always sticks her foot in her mouth. No, not literally. The two big doctors of the hospital are Dr. Kelso, who may appear nice at first but when you get to know him, he’s just down right evil. Then there’s Dr. Cox, who’s probably the highlight of the whole series. He’s the extremely sarcastic, crabby doctor who’s J.D’s mentor. Each week, J.D tries to open up to Dr Cox but gets shot down. J.D also tries to find out about Cox and his life but the man’s very hard to talk to. Another person J.D. Has a difficult time getting along with his the janitor. Since day one, J.D. Has been fearing the guy and the janitor continually provokes him and picks on him. It’s quite comical for the viewer but frustrating as hell for J.D. There’s other characters that come and go, and other continuing story lines but it’s better if you just watch the damn DVD.

Like I said before, I used to watch Scrubs but then after the second season, I just couldn’t seem to find the time to watch it on TV. The first season serves up plenty of laughs, but there’s also some drama mixed in. The episodes usually start off all happy and by the middle of each episode, things hit the fan, and get all serious. But everything usually clears up and is happy again. The way the episodes are done is fantastic. Cool montage scenes involving indie type music, funny sound effects, and the wacky fantasy/surreal scenes. It’s almost like the same way Family Guy does their jokes with cut scenes. I like comedy shows like that. But what also makes the show good is the clever dialog and sarcastic tone in everyone’s voices. John C McGinley is perfect as Dr Cox and has perfected the sarcasm. McGinley usually plays bad guys & thugs in movies so it’s a nice change to see him play a decent guy. When I first saw this show, I was wondering who the lead actor was because I didn’t recognize him from anything. I guess he’s considered a breakout star because he’s a great actor and people know him now. He directed, written and starred in last year’s Garden State. That was a great movie too. I hope Braff does more movies though. He’s a funny, witty actor who should be making lots of movies. Maybe he doesn’t want to be this mainstream actor but who knows. All the actors on the show are good, hence why the comedy is so funny because everyone does their part.

There’s plenty of extras as well. The first disc has the episodes on there, but also has a newbie feature. The creator of the show Bill Lawrence is interviewed, along with the cast about their character and other ones on the show as well. The interviews are fairly new and looked like they were recorded during the 4th season. Many featurettes on the DVD set include some great interviews with the cast. Zach Braff talks about how he got on the show, and how he quit his job waiting tables as soon as he found out he was hired. I got a kick out of the alternate lines/outtakes on disc 2 and it’s shows you how much of the cast tries to improvise. There’s also some deleted scenes, commentary and miscellaneous things to watch. Surprisingly, the extras are worth watching if you like the show. Good job.

Overall, any fan of Scrubs or well-written comedies should definitely pick up the first season on DVD. The cast is great, the show is unique and witty, and worth watching. So get going there Shirley! What are you waiting for? Oh are you upset I called you Shirley. Ok, fine. Just get the DVD then.

Newbies – Examines the actors before they were cast
Favorite Moments – Cast and crew reflections
Outtakes – Funniest Scrubs flubs
Deleted Scenes – Clips that wound up on the O.R. Floor
The Doctor Is In – One On One with Zach Braff

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo CC

Standard 1.33:1 Color


Favorite Scenes: My First Day, My Bad
Rating: NR
Running Time: 558 minutes
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