Scrubs: Season One

While this sitcom's future currently remains hanging by a thread, devoted fans of Scrubs can revel in the hilarity of the first season. Set in Sacred Heart Hospital, Scrubs gives a bird's eye view of the zany antics committed by first year doctors and their co-workers. Narrator/lead character John "J.D." Dorian (Zach Braff) is an ardent yet insecure intern who constantly seeks approval for his accomplishments while consistently wandering into a surreal world of "choose your own adventure"-style daydreams. With him is his best friend, the confident surgeon Turk (Donald Faison), the ditzy on/off again love interest Elliot (Sarah Chalke), Turk's nurse girlfriend Carla (Judy Reyes) and their superiors: Dr. Cox (a rousing John C. McGinley) and Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins). Constantly moving between absurd situational comedy, silly jokes and complementary emotional depth to give the viewer some realism that yes, this is a hospital where people get sick and die, Scrubs is one of the more reliable comedies television has. Season one builds each character, quickly exposing their strengths and countless weaknesses as they struggle through survival inside and outside of the workplace. Memorable moments include the inexhaustible use of Erasure's "A Little Respect" in an episode where every character sings a line, J.D.'s 48-hour race to avoid "the friend zone" with Elliot, the Family Feud parody, and of course, the fantastic homage to Phoebe Cates in Fast Times. With a flawless ensemble cast (which includes a relentless janitor, a surly head nurse and a fragile lawyer) that has some magnificent chemistry, little goes wrong in the premiere season, which even ends with a rather effective revelatory cliffhanger that strikes every main character. A wide selection of extras is served with the three-disc set, including some priceless outtakes and worthy deleted scenes, as well as cast and crew members reminiscing about the first season. The half-hour featurette, "Newbies," is the most beneficial extra though, giving an inside look at how the program was created by Bill Lawrence, who based it on his real life friend Dr. Jon Doris and his droll tales from work. Exploring each actor/character with cast and crew interviews, the featurette also sheds light on how each role was chosen and the off-camera chemistry this talented cast share. Plus: One On One with Zach Braff. (Buena Vista)