Scrubs (2001 IMDb)

Viewing

Review applies only to the first five seasons.

Categorization

Absurd comedy with occasional elements of melodrama and tragedy, heavy on brief scenes of imagination, fast cuts and flashbacks.

Subject

A new crop of immature doctors start practising medicine and surgery at a generic American hospital, under the auspices of vicious and cynical veterans.

Commentary

Increasingly afflicted by the curse of a horde of writers trying to come up with simple gags for an endless series, thus piling on contradictions as the concept is slowly over-extended. However, there are many two-episode arcs, time passes at the rate of a year per season with some natural effects, and there is some success in running counter to the other basics of sitcoms: no laugh track, serious diseases, an episode mocking sitcoms etc. Laudable, entirely watchable, yet clearly doomed. According to Platoon (1986), Cox did pretty well in 'Nam by the way.

References here: The Stand (1994).

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