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Scrubs: Season One

Laughter is the best medicine! Yeah, I know that was lame.

Scrubs Season One

Starring: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, Ken Jenkins, Neil Flynn

Series Creator: Bill Lawrence

I only started watching Scrubs through the third season, which made getting the season one DVD so important. I don't usually buy sitcoms, because I figure jokes get old over time, but I had to grab this one. Thankfully, oyaguy bought if for me and Kim for our anniversary, which means I didn't have to wait to watch it.

Which is fantastic because this show is hilarious. I think season one was probably funnier, and better, than this past season (season four). The first 24 episodes whip by, and are as funny as anything the medium of television has ever produced. It's not just clever-funny (although it is exceedingly clever), it's laugh-out-loud funny. At the same time, the show manages to add truly touching moments, making the bold decision to a do a semi-serious episode as early as the fourth episode with "My Old Lady". This dichotomy between the goofy hilarity and the touching sincerity make the characters on Scrubs feel real, while at the same time coming off as cartoon characters (in the best sense of the phrase).

Starring then-newcomer Zach Braff as new medical intern Jon Dorian, the show follows J.D. through his first year at Sacred Heart Hospital, allowing us to experience the world of medicine through his narration and fantasy sequences. Accompanying J.D. through this experience are his best friend and roommate, Chris Turk, a surgical intern at the same hospital played by Donald Faison (the guy from Clueless), and fellow medical intern/love interest/friend Elliott Reid played by Sarah Chalke (the fake Becky from Roseanne). Along the way, these interns encounter Nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), who quickly becomes friends with J.D. and Elliott and the girlfriend of Turk, the Chief of Medicine Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), a Janitor with a personal vendetta against J.D. (Neil Flynn), an incompetent and nervous lawyer named Ted (Sam Lloyd), a dim-witted fellow surgical intern named "The Todd" (Robert Maschio), a been-there-done-that Nurse Laverne Roberts (Aloma Wright), and the absolute best part of the show: John C. McGuinley (one of the Bob's from Office Space) as medical resident and J.D.'s mentor Dr. Perry Cox.

All of the characters on the show are great, with Janitor stealing a good many scenes (incidentally, in season one, Janitor only interacts with J.D., suggesting that he may only be a figment of J.D.'s over-active imagination), but I love Dr. Cox. I want to be Dr. Cox. In many ways, in my treatment of new people at different places I've worked at, I am a little Dr. Cox-esque. He says so many outrageously funny things in fits of anger that it's hard to pick a favourite. In the pilot alone he describes modern medicine as "advances that keep people alive that should have died along time ago, back when they lost what made them people". I love that line so much I want to have sex with it. Then, he'll say something like "Newbie, the only way you could be less productive right now is if you were, in fact, the wall in which you're leaning against. Of course, then you'd be providing some jackass with a wall in which to lean against and reflect on what a jackass he truly is". Then I think that line is so great that I would cheat on that other quote with it, marry it, and raise a family of tiny little quotes.

Basically, after saying that season one is hilarious, I didn't have much else to say, so I went with filler. As for the set itself, the DVD is packed full of features, some of which oddly end so abruptly that I'm not sure that my DVD isn't broken. Ah well, I still highly recommend this set to every one. It gets the highest possible recommendation. If you even briefly considered buying this, or even just possibly watching it, then run out and buy it. Buy it now.
Tags: donald_faison, john_c._mcginley, tv, zach_braff

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