Review of Scrubs (2001)

Moving picture, 33 hours

Review applies only to the first five seasons.

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

Sitcom with occasional melodrama, heavy on brief scenes of imagination, fast cuts and flashbacks. Scrubs is 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, and according to “Evolution” (1989), Kelso remained a driven scientist into the 24th century.

References here: The Stand (1994).

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