Scrubs: Season 9 (2009 - 2010)


Season 9
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With symptoms like an influx of rookie cast members that never gel into a watchable ensemble and a comedic sensibility that feels terminally tired, the diagnosis is that creator Bill Lawrence and co. should have hung up their Scrubs a year earlier.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 207

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Episodes

Air date: Dec 1, 2009

In the Season 9 premiere, J.D., Turk, Cox, Kelso and Denise take on a med-school teaching gig at Sacred Heart that finds them mentoring a new crop of students, whose first day of school is especially challenging. Kerry Bishe, Michael Mosley and Dave Franco join the cast.

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Air date: Dec 1, 2009

J.D., Turk and Kelso play matchmaker when they sense a spark between Denise and Drew. Elsewhere, Lucy learns more about becoming a doctor, but it's not an easy lesson to handle.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2009

J.D. and Drew learn the ropes of mentoring and realize students can often provide insight to teachers.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2009

J.D. and Turk go to a party for med students and show up in costume. Elsewhere, Kelso says goodbye to Ted and Gooch.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2009

As J.D.'s teaching job at Sacred Heart comes to an end, he finds he still hungers for approval. Elsewhere, Lucy braces herself before performing a procedure on a real person, and Denise and Drew make things official.

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Air date: Jan 1, 2010

Turk begins the hunt for a new best friend. Elsewhere, Elliot advises Lucy, who's feeling overworked and tired.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2010

Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) plays a pediatrician who defies Cox. Elsewhere, new interns test the patience of the residents, especially J.D. and Elliot, who has separate issues with her buttinsky boyfriend.

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Air date: Jan 5, 2010

Lucy notices that the hospital is teeming with couples.

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Air date: Jan 12, 2010

J.D. and Elliot face the reality of parenthood. Meanwhile, Lucy must come to terms with the risks of operating on real people.

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Air date: Jan 19, 2010

One of the med students cheats on a test, so Dr. Cox punishes the entire class. Elsewhere, Denise makes a surprising admission.

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The ninth and final season signals a major departure for the show. J.D. (Zach Braff), Turk (Donald Faison) and Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) move to a teaching hospital and share their wisdom with a batch of new interns: the painfully blunt Denise (Eliza Coupe); Lucy (Kerry Bishé), who takes over narrating duties from J.D.; med-school burnout Drew (Michael Mosley); and rich kid Cole (Dave Franco). Though the show's focus shifted to the new interns in Season 9, all members of the original cast made appearances with the exception of Judy Reyes.

Critic Reviews for Scrubs Season 9

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

At this point, Scrubs has turned its original style into a formula; the fantasy sequences are more predictable, the earnest denouements are automatic. It's a good formula, but one that's no longer vibrant.

Dec 1, 2009 | Full Review…

The transplant is unlikely to produce a dramatic rally. But it does give friends and family a reason to keep visiting.

Dec 1, 2009 | Full Review…

It's a solid little comedy, in which Scrubs fans can recognize the spirit of the show they loved, even if it's not Scrubs at its best.

Dec 1, 2009 | Full Review…

A change of scenery has done Scrubs a world of good.

Dec 1, 2009 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Time of death, 9 p.m. Call it, ABC.

Dec 1, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Scrubs is pushing the irritation envelope as it returns from the near dead in a revised form.

Dec 1, 2009 | Full Review…

It wants to be something more profound than a cheesy sitcom, but everything's on the surface.

Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Saying goodbye to Scrubs for the third time was not nearly as hard as the first two times. And that's not to say we haven't been enjoying season nine, aka Scrubs med school, because once this series reboot found its stride, it's been good.

Nov 7, 2019 | Rating: 4.0/5.0 | Full Review…

I'm with [Bill] Lawrence: as far as I'm concerned, Scrubs ended with Season Eight. Looking at Season Nine as a whole, I'd have to say that he didn't succeed as well as he might've hoped. But, then again, I actually kind of liked "After M*A*S*H."

Oct 31, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Even though Scrubs' delicate mix of comedy and pathos had been firmly established for years, this season just never felt right.

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

"Scrubs 2.0" continues the momentum of the last season's effort. Reworking "Scrubs" is the best thing that could have ever happened to it, as it allowed Lawrence to shed a few characters that had exhausted their usefulness

Sep 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Good job, TV people! The new Scrubs is frankly just great.

Oct 11, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Scrubs: Season 9

  • Dec 07, 2020
    I kind of enjoy the mash of new characters. Its not the classic like the past seasons. But still likeable.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    The brilliance of the first eight seasons only amplify how horrid this final 9th is. The show came to a natural conclusion at the end of season 8. Skip this one.
  • Feb 15, 2016
    This season should not have happened. After the perfect finale of the previous season, this show could have ended on such a high not. Instead, we were forced to sit through this painful season that never quite captured the magic the show had before.
  • Dec 04, 2015
    HORRIBLE. Completely ruined the series by doing this. Should have quit while they were ahead with the finale of season 8.Painful to even watch.
  • May 14, 2015
    Feels less like Scrubs and more like a spinoff. The old cast doesn't get enough screen time, and the new members are annoying at best.
  • Mar 23, 2015
    Loved that the second generation of Scrubs is continuing the spirit of the original. Everyone's mini-me's are so adorable!
  • Dec 21, 2014
    Some of the JD and Turk jokes are getting old but it fades away as the new cast gets in the front. The only bad thing about it is that there is no 10th season and it ends abruptly...
  • Aug 09, 2014
    Can't give this one a perfect score due to the fact that a lot of cast changes in the end didn't hold it together that well. Even if it is one of the best comedies of all time. Yes bold statement, but it really is. A truly talented cast with all hard hitters up till almost the end. That's including what was to be the 9th season revival that couldn't take off.
  • May 14, 2014
    Season nine of Scrubs is an abomination of the highest Caliber. Nothing in the first eight seasons justifies making this aside from greed and profit. Dr. Cox and Turk and the only recurring characters in every episode (that are in the first eight seasons), and they are shells of there former selves. There is one redeeming moment in this season (Dr. Cox falling through the ceiling), and other than that, it's all average... All that being said, it's not necessarily a bad season, it's just horrendously bad compared to the rest of this fantastic series.

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