When Scrubs first premiered in the fall of 2001, I counted myself one of the sitcom’s biggest fans—I liked the show’s sharp, witty dialogue and its frequent forays into the absurd (something, I remember reading reviews at the time, the critics did not particularly care for). But for some odd reason, the show was sort of the red-headed stepchild in NBC’s comedy lineup, never earning the accolades of a show like, Friends, for example. I’m glad to see that with each passing season, the sitcom has finally gotten a little respect (winning a coveted
award this month). Scrubs’ strengths include its expert blend of comedy and pathos and
fast pacing, not to mention its superb ensemble cast—not only the major players
but its backup team of utility actors as well. In the beginning, I tried
to get my mother hooked on it but I think the show’s MTV-style gaggery has a
tendency to go over her head. Still, I have not given up hope—her
favorite television hunk, Christopher Meloni (from Law & Order: SVU), guest stars in “My White Whale,” an episode
from the third season and I plan to unspool this one for her when she gets back
from her business trip this Saturday.
The only sand-in-the-crankcase during my Scrubs marathon is that the first disc in the Complete Fourth Season set has a big honkin’ scratch of undetermined origin, effectively keeping me from seeing episodes four through nine. I will have to rectify this tragedy as soon as possible.