Scrubs: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)


Season 1
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Scrubs is a worthy spiritual successor to M*A*S*H thanks in part to its seamless blend of cheeky comedy and poignant, heartfelt moments.

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Critic Ratings: 24

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User Ratings: 257

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Air date: Oct 2, 2001

In the series pilot, J.D. encounters a take-charge nurse, finds romance and faces an anxious first night on call. J.D.: Zach Braff. Elliott: Sarah Chalke. Carla: Judy Reyes. Mr. Burski: Ted Rogers.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2001

Sardonic Dr. Cox gets to J.D., who's in desperate need of acceptance; tactless Elliot irks Carla, who's being wooed by slick Turk. Will: John Ducey. Todd: Robert Maschio. Janitor: Neil Flynn. Nurse Roberts: Aloma Wright. Doug: Johnny Kastl. Dr. Cox: John C. McGinley.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2001

Professional and personal situations test the bounds of friendship between J.D. and Turk; a sexist matter entangles Elliot with Kelso (Ken Jenkins). Todd: Robert Maschio. Carla: Judy Reyes. Mr. Kavanaugh: Robert Munns. Turk: Donald Faison. Lawyer: Sam Lloyd.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2001

A feisty, ailing septuagenarian (Kathryn Joosten) charms J.D.; a frightened Hispanic patient unwittingly makes allies of Elliot and Carla. Mrs. Guerrero: Esther "Tita" Mercado. David Morrison: Travis Wester. Jim Morrison: Jack Thomas. Janitor: Neil Flynn.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2001

J.D.'s father figures---Cox and Kelso---court the support of their hopeful protégé over the issues of patient care and health insurance. Louie Anderson appears briefly as himself. Dr. Steadman: Matt Winston. Jared: Matthew Richards. Todd: Robert Maschio. Mrs. Blitt: Marlena. Janitor: Neil Flynn.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2001

J.D.'s tryst with an alluring patient (Christa Miller) leaves him in shock, but the real jolt hits when he finds out who she really is. Comic Jimmie Walker has a cameo as himself. Lawyer: Sam Lloyd. Carla's Mother: Gina Morelli. Dr. Cox: John C. McGinley. Janitor: Neil Flynn. Dr. Greenberg: Mark Chaet.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2001

Sean Hayes plays a macho, hotshot intern, who steals the limelight from J.D. and enthralls Elliot; Turk faces a personal crisis in the OR. Carla: Judy Reyes. Dr. Kelso: Ken Jenkins. Janitor: Neil Flynn. Nurse Roberts: Aloma Wright. Dr. Cox: John C. McGinley.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2001

Heroics in a crisis glorify Turk and J.D., who's still shaky about an upcoming internship evaluation that falls to the volatile Dr. Cox. Patricia: Alex Wright. Lawyer: Sam Lloyd. Janitor: Neil Flynn. Nurse Roberts: Aloma Wright. Darryl: Mane R. Andrews.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2001

Appendicitis afflicts J.D. at Thanksgiving time, so he learns firsthand what it's like to be a patient, starting with a physical exam by Elliot. Dr. Benson: Paul Collins. Jennifer: Melinda Embry. Mike Clark: Michael McDonald.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2001

A hyperactive patient (Nicole Sullivan) unnerves Cox and elicits Elliot's sympathy; J.D.'s blowup strains his precarious relationship with Carla. Cox: John C. McGinley. Carla: Judy Reyes. Janitor: Neil Flynn. Kelso: Ken Jenkins.

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Interns John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff), Christopher Turk (Donald Faison) and Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke) get their feet wet at a Seattle hospital, which is home to an oddball group of employees and patients. J.D. finds a reluctant mentor in the sarcastic Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) and a love interest in the spastic Elliot. Turk, meanwhile, falls for no-nonsense nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes). Overseeing all of the insanity is the seemingly heartless chief of medicine, Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins), while a mysterious unnamed janitor (Neil Flynn) with a grudge against J.D. keeps his own tally of the goings on at the hospital.

Critic Reviews for Scrubs Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (11)

It's supposed to be funny when young Dr. John Dorian (Zach Braff of The Broken Hearts Club) admits that "I don't know Jack," botches IVs and dodges cardiac maydays.

Jun 29, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

The series is distinguished by the unexpected interplay between its well-cast characters and the shrewd strategy it deploys to avoid making its overriding themes a poor-taste downer.

Nov 8, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Scrubs: an imperfect but fresh testament to a job that's maddening and noble--but a job nonetheless.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

[Scrubs] may not have the most laughs. But oh mama, it has the most heart.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The commercials for this show made it seem tame, but it's a charming riot. In many ways, it's modeled on Malcolm in the Middle, with its fast pace, fantasy sequences, and random flashbacks.

Feb 25, 2020 | Full Review…

[Bill] Lawrence gets off to a flying start in bringing this sense of black comedy to his series, which also benefits from scrubbing the laugh track.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Not since M*A*S*H has the medical profession taken so much irreverent poking and prodding.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Scrubs, which is, at its worst, a competent sitcom, and at its best, a shortlist candidate for best scripted program of the post-Seinfeld era.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Scrubs, is truly funny, an irreverent, witty twist on the solemn hospital drama.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Friends fans should consider themselves lucky to have Scrubs as a chaser.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Wildly inventive, rife with unexpected pop-culture references and impressionistic imagery, the show embraces a philosophical outlook not only on medicine but on life that is at once peculiarly geeky and deeply insightful.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Scrubs is a well-cast and funny comedy.

Nov 7, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scrubs: Season 1

  • Jan 02, 2021
    Best show set in a hospital of all-time, bar none!
  • Jul 27, 2020
    Scrubs season 1 is almost as good as when I first watched it. However, some parts have not aged well.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Best sitcom of all time.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    I personally dont think the season 1 of scrubs is the best of them but it certainly isn't the worse and has its very funny moments...such an easy and relaxing watch
  • Feb 12, 2020
    One of the very, very few comedy shows the last couple of decades with actual laugh out loud moments. And the occational gut punch. Brilliant.
  • Nov 05, 2019
    Scrubs starts off great by exploring what it's like as an intern in a hospital in a funny and realistic way.
  • Jul 10, 2019
    A masterful mixture of lighthearted fun and some deep thinking about life, love, fate and one's raison d'etre.
  • Jun 02, 2019
    Not the best season, but definitely still a great start to the show and introduction to these great characters
  • Oct 10, 2018
    Love this show it may be a little corny and I'm aware of that but it has so much heart and is very fun to watch
  • Feb 06, 2018
    Like sheldon said: "what;s not to like about scrubs"... The last couple of seasons were a flop, but 1 to seven were definitely a hit...

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