The best it ever was,
This review is from: Scrubs : Complete Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
The first episode I ever saw of Scrubs was "My nickname" a calm and highly dramatic episode which after the twenty odd minutes convinced me that this was a TV programme worth checking out, and I am glad I did.
That episode saw a nerdy young doctor embarrass a nurse after feeling he was being mistreated. As friends the two waded through personal boundaries and the social conditioning of doctors and nurses. Elsewhere a surgeon battled his boss for a place on the quiet bench outside the hospital. These polar opposites were extreme, each combining drama and comedy and all working on levels that would engage audiences of all ages, from the silly to the serious and the laughing to the crying.
Bill Lawrence has created something quiet extraordinary in the reality that the concepts are simple but yet work on so many levels you can take different things from each episode and this series one is easily the best season of the American sitcom.
The season revolves around central character and narrator J.D looking to integrate himself as a doctor in Sacred Heart whilst facing complications with his friendship with surgeon Turk, his mixed feelings for Elliot and his hope for appraisal from his superior Perry Cox.
The stories never check too far out of reality given the types of comedy we see. Mostly physical we see some great stunts, fantasy day dreaming and playful skits on other sitcoms and wonderful word placements.
The story of J.D in the work environment as a doctor shoots the show to the skies as it brings together that edge of humour but importantly for outsiders of hospital life what it may be like inside the scrubs of a doctor. How to tackle procedures, how to deal with loss, how to embrace life, how to approach working all day every day it is very sharp and helps us integrate with the characters.
As side extras this box set compiles all 24 episodes, a good menu screen and has some charming extras and interviews with most of the cast and crew.
Scrubs has run for 9 years now and I believe it is fair to say with its attention to detail of real life scenarios this was the best it ever was.