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Scrubs: Season 6
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This season produced one of Scrubs's crowning achievements, the Emmy-nominated tour-de-force "My Musical," featuring such show-stopping numbers as "Everything Comes Down to Poo" and "Guy Love," sung by Scrubs's closest couple, J.D. and best friend Turk (Donald Faison). Still, too often, one wishes Scrubs had the equivalent of Graham Chapman's military character on Monty Python who would stop the proceedings if he deemed them too silly. Before the opening credits of the season premiere have rolled, J.D. has been whisked to Las Vegas to be the unwitting bride to a gay senior, escaped, and wound up onstage with Blue Man Group. At the end of the episode, his tormentor, Janitor (Neil Flynn), transforms him into a human flag. In the next episode, Turk assembles a "big-time college drum line" to herald the impending birth of his daughter. At times like these, fans could be forgiven for wanting to ask the show, "Who are you, and what have you done with Scrubs?" But even in the most uneven episodes, there is always a redeeming bit of business (Turk bringing back 'N Sync's "Bye Bye Bye"), meta moment (Ken Jenkins' Dr. Kelso nipping one of John C. McGinley's signature "Coxian" rants in the bud with "Funny long list. We get it. You need a new thing, big guy."), or an always-welcome appearance by Christa Miller-Lawrence as Dr. Cox's not-to-be-trifled-with ex-wife Jordan, to make the medicine go down. The extras, too, including a featurette about the production of "My Musical" and another devoted to the show's Simpson-esque gallery of "third tier" characters, are deserving of a boxed-set high-five. --Donald Liebenson
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Television is very much like movies in that shows are constantly being churned out, but truly there are only a few good gems out there. Scrubs may be one of the best comedies ever to grace the screen. The characters are all relatable and the stories touch incredibly deep. Better yet is that it's a sitcom that creates story arcs that expand season to season. I hate episodic television where each episode is a new story and whatever happened last week really doesn't matter to what happens this week. Scrubs is different, it is able to create incredibly deep characters and touching stories while stringing it all together with comedic charm. I've been a Scrubs fan from the beginning and season six sets everything up for the final season to one of the best shows I have ever watched.
If you're reading this review I'm going to assume that you too are a Scrubs fanatic who has been watching since the beginning. I really don't want to do a synopsis of the season, but I'll set up what you can expect if you haven't seen the season yet. J.D and Elliot become torn apart into their own separate relationships. J.D accidentally gets a girl pregnant, which was the cliffhanger from season 5. Now J.D must face up to his responsibility even though he may not love the woman who is the mother of his child. Elliot becomes engaged with Keith but seriously doubts whether or not if she loves him. All the while there are the countless side stories with the other characters that you will need to watch the season to experience. Stand out episodes from this season are of course the "My Musical" episode and the "Their Story" episode.Read more ›
4 stars richly deserved!!!
For the past six years SCRUBS has been one of the best yet underrated series on television. Featuring one of the best ensemble casts on TV, viewers have come to love and laugh with and at JD, Turk, Elliot, Carla, Cox, Kelso, the Janitor, Laverne, Ted, the Todd, and Jordan. Many fans complained that this season the formula of generalized insanity that the show had followed for the previous five years was getting old, that much of the humor had a sense of been there-done that. I will grant that the show did not explore much new ground in Season Six, and that some of the new ground explored was not very successful, but with the show's seventh and final season looming ahead, I also believe that the show could say to its fans, in the world of the immortal Bob Dylan, "You're gonna miss me when I'm gone."
In retrospect, we can now see that SCRUBS debuted on television at a very bad time for TV comedy. My own belief is that situation comedies, which have largely dominated television for the past couple of decades, are perhaps the lowest form of television entertainment (apart from most police procedurals). Once SEINFELD left the air we were left with such mediocrities as FRIENDS and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (a title I was never able to understand). Things would get better shortly as non-sitcoms like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and THE OFFICE would emerge. Interestingly, none of the non-sitcoms would achieve the kind of popularity of sitcoms. Why such a dreadful show such as TWO AND A HALF MEN can become far more popular than such pieces of genius as THE OFFICE, SCRUBS, and 30 ROCK either says something bad about the viewing sophistication of the American public or . . . well, no, I guess it just says something terrible about the American viewing public.Read more ›
Ask any fan why they loved Scrubs in the first place and I'm willing to bet that the vast majority will say it's because of their uncanny ability to mix comedy and drama so effortlessly. But, as with the fifth season, there's only a few notable dramatic moments. I hate to say I'm giving up on the show on the dramatic front because it's painfully obvious they still have it (see My Long Goodbye), they just don't bring it out anymore.
As far as the comedy goes though, it's still great, albeit less than the first four seasons. One of the better things this season is the glaring missteps JD takes. You expect him to do the right things simply because he's a character on a TV show but he proves, espcecially this season, to merely be human. That's probably why some people are upset with the fact that JD has gotten more and more unlikeable. I personally don't see that though.
So does the sixth season measure up to past greats? No way. I love everything Scrubs but it seems like the writers are running out of ideas. The comedy is still edgy, and all the characters are still wickedly funny, but the show plays more as a comedy that just happens to take place in a hospital. Whereas the first three seasons had the hospital fact right up front. Love how they poke fun at the other hospital shows though (namely Grey's Anatomy and House).
All in all, it IS Scrubs, so you can go in knowing you're going to laugh. That's about it. My Long Goodbye (probably the season's standout episode) is sure to bring back emotions you felt whilst watching My Old Lady and My Lunch which is a terrific thing. And, given the tremendous cliffhanger we're given, I'll be looking intently forward to the final season coming to DVD.
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I have to admit, Scrubs is probably one of the most stupid shows ever. Jerry Lewis looks like a culture, Shakesperean actor next to these guys. Read morePublished 1 hour ago by Agape Music
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Of course they will. The series will end in Spring, the Season 7 set will come out in late fall/early winter, and the Series set will come out 4-6 months later. Isn't that how it almost always works out for a series as long as this?
Actually, I'm hoping this will be one of the few series where... Read More
Oct 26, 2007 by Zworykin | See all 3 posts