Life Lessons, what Scrubs taught me, thoughts on the show

Scrubs ran for nine seasons (2001-2010) on a couple channels during it’s time. Despite often seemingly  getting outdone by it’s competition, such as “Friends” or “Frasier” it made it’s mark as a television show, and is known for a couple things to this day.  It’s royal fanbase, namely.

Scrubs was still quite popular, and don’t be surprised even if five years since the ending of the show you are reminded from it’s fanbase.

I just got to watching it (and finished it), recently so that goes to show there was someone who hadn’t seen the series  Now that you have a little understanding of why the show was (and still is) so generally popular, perhaps you are interested in knowing why I personally love it.

The show taught me some lessons I think we can all take, and not just for doctors.  One of them is applicable to both the student and teacher, that would be that just because your mentor isn’t nice to you doesn’t mean they care about you.

If you watched the show, you are probably familiar with Dr. Cox’s past and how he is.  He grew up with an abusive drunk father, and you can probably guess the kind of affect that would have on anyone.

In the show, Dr. Cox and the main character, J.D (Dr. John Dorian). a medicine doctor have this “love hate” relationship that runs throughout the series.  The two characters shtick usually consisted of Dr. Cox calling J.D. girl’s names and just insults, meanwhile J.D. tries to run after his approval as a mentor and father figure.

There are a few occasions on which Dr. Cox gives J.D. the pat on the back, or praise he’s looking for from him as a mentor, and the love part of their relationship starts showing up.  Dr. Cox was only harsh to J.D. because he cared for him. He knew making it in the hospital as a doctor wasn’t a cakewalk.

Another thing about this show was it’s ability to trigger laughs and cries, probably at equal amount. I don’t think I’ve seen another show that had you laughing so hard one minute, and the next had you crying.

It knew it had certain times to do certain things, as a show that portrays the life of working in the hospital.  Sure, maybe sometimes it got carried away with the humor, like with Todd overall though, it knew how to balance the act out.

The last thing I love about this show that I will be writing about, anyway would have to be how real it was.

Similar to the last point about how the show could make you cry just as easily as make you laugh.  Scrubs resonates with it’s audience because of how real it was.  There are just so many examples it would take far to long to explain, but take J.D. and Elliot’s on and off relationship for (one example).  The two start dating around the first two seasons, and so on throughout the rest of the series.  Their relationship (is) probably relatable to many because of the roller coaster (emotionally, and figuratively speaking) as it wasn’t the perfect one, but had it’s moments for better and worse, kind of like the whole show did.   I can’t get away with writing a Scrubs post without mentioning J.D.’s best friend on the show, Dr. Chris Turk, and his wife Nurse Carla, they were a big part of the show’s success and part of why it’s so memorable.


Author: Thomas Brunt

TCC Student. Aspiring Leader. Christ Follower.

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