Scrubs: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)


Season 1

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Critic Ratings: 8


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User Ratings: 218
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Air date: Oct 2, 2001
Air date: Oct 4, 2001
Air date: Oct 9, 2001
Air date: Oct 16, 2001
Air date: Oct 23, 2001
Air date: Oct 30, 2001
Air date: Nov 6, 2001
Air date: Nov 15, 2001
Air date: Nov 20, 2001
Air date: Nov 27, 2001
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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.


Zach Braff
as John `J.D.' Dorian
Donald Faison
as Chris Turk
Sarah Chalke
as Elliot Reid
Ken Jenkins
as Dr. Bob Kelso
John C. McGinley
as Dr. Perry Cox
Judy Reyes
as Carla Espinosa
Sam Lloyd
as Lawyer
Charles Chun
as Dr. Wen
Matt Winston
as Dr. Jeffrey Steadman
Brendan Fraser
as Ben Sullivan
Scott Foley
as Sean Kelly
Sean Hayes
as Nick Murdoch
Paul Collins
as Dr. Benson
John Ritter
as Sam Dorian
Don Perry
as Mr. Bober
Alex Wright
as Patricia
Jack Shearer
as Aaron Simon
Fred Stoller
as Mr. Hoffner
Bob Clendenin
as Dr. Zeltzer
Ted Rogers
as Mr. Burski
Kathryn Joosten
as Mrs. Tanner
Cathy Herd
as Mrs. Wheeler
Markie Post
as Lily Reid
Ed Begley Jr.
as Dr. Bailey
Travis Wester
as David Morrison
Lane Davies
as Simon Reid
Eric Saiet
as Jerry Donovan
William Daniels
as Dr. Douglas
Adrian Wenner
as Phillip Chambers
Steven Hack
as Dr. Bobb
Masi Oka
as Franklyn
Esther 'Tita' Mercado
as Mrs. Guerrero
Robert Munns
as Mr. Kavanaugh
Gina Morelli
as Carla's Mother
Dan Sachoff
as Matthew
Hattie Winston
as Margaret Turk
Stephen Furst
as Dr. Franklin
Jack Thomas
as Jim Morrison
Mark Chaet
as Dr. Greenberg
R. Lee Ermey
as Janitor's Father
Don Chastain
as Mr. Chambers
Eric Leviton
as Bartender
April Pressel
as Denise Bober
Lela Lee
as Bonnie
Troy Bishop
as College Dude
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Critic Reviews for Scrubs Season 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4)

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…

Without an audience requiring laughs every 15 seconds, they could get serious, sometimes very serious, and keep the show intellectually honest.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 10/10 | Full Review…

Sacred Heart Hospital is a brilliantly weird and hilariously warm place to visit; I sure as hell wouldn't want to be a patient there, but I'm thrilled to stop by and visit whenever I can.

Sep 4, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This goofball series, set in a hospital (think of it as a riff on "ER" and other overly serious medical dramas), is a sitcom with fantasy and off-the-wall elements, and it's often very funny.

Aug 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Scrubs is sharp on every level, from script, direction and editing to the well-chosen, handsome cast and the employment of nonreal sequences.

Oct 23, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

While I take great pleasure in revisiting the resonance of an episode of "My Hero," episodes like "My Last Day" are equally valuable to understanding the show Scrubs would eventually become.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Scrubs is more than just a well-written, emotionally honest and slyly appealing comedy... It's also a unique blend of traditional and contemporary comedy elements that suggests the future direction for TV sitcoms.

Mar 1, 2018 | Full Review…

With the retirement of Everybody Loves Raymond and The Simpsons growing tired, American TV finds itself bereft of a mass-appeal sitcom. Why that seat is not being filled by Scrubs is tough to understand.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scrubs: Season 1

  • Mar 28, 2015
    An oddball comedy set in a dysfunctional hospital, the show brought refreshing energy into the comedy genre. The use of references and music were perfect.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • 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...
  • Nov 03, 2017
    funny. a little heavy on the drama side (about 4 viewing)
  • Feb 24, 2017
    Ever on the lookout for a new television show (my favorite entertainment genre), I decided to give Scrubs a try after catching up on "The Office" DVDs. Though not thoroughly disappointed or anything like that, after completing this entire first season I am very ambivalent about continuing on with the series. Basically, the show revolves around four hospital interns (narrated from the perspective of Zach Braff's "J.D." character) and their crazy experiences. Auxiliary characters include the crotchety old Chief of Medicine, the tortured, tough-guy image Doctor, and the mysterious janitor who thrives on making life as miserable as possible for J.D. While the show is obviously a comedy at heart, it also contains a strong human-interest aspect that sees its characters grow throughout the season, not just remain static from episode to episode. However, the "problem" with this show (though not by any internal error) is that it doesn't measure up to its contemporaries in its two key departments: cut-away gags and the character-driven angle. In terms of the types of jokes (cut-away mock-ups, primarily) most often used, the show pales in comparison to Family Guy's hilarious randomness. Plus, that human-interest angle just isn't as compelling as the cast of The Office. Thus, although the first season of Scrubs is decent enough when evaluated on its own, it just doesn't live up to others currently on the air. Those who are easily offended by the material of Family Guy will appreciate the tamer atmosphere of this show (while continuing with the cut-away gags), but otherwise you might find it a bit boring and stagnant. Perhaps sometime in the future I will return to the series to see if the writing/characters are amped up a notch, but right now I am content to leave off after Season One and stick with my other fare.
  • May 21, 2016
    At some point the show jumps the shark and loses what made it so great, but the first season is grounded in such great characters and genuine heart that you gottta love it.
  • Mar 08, 2016
    Funny, crazy and awesome.
  • Dec 19, 2015
    A superb comedy...with great drama too. Set in a hospital, the show centres on a young doctor, John "JD" Dorian (played by Zach Braff) and two of his fellow-doctors and friends, Elliott Reid (Sarah Chalke) and Chris Turk (Donald Faison). Follow them from their first day in the hospital, as interns, to them being respected doctors. Clever comedy. Also works as a medical drama, as apparently the medical side of things is very accurate. In addition, there is a fair amount of human drama, as the young doctors mature, experiencing life, love, tragedy and relationships. A great, funny-yet-moving, series.

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