Monday, 7 December 2009


Almost exactly a month ago, one of my colleagues lent me the DVD box-sets of Scrubs Series 1-7.

I remember when Scrubs first started. I was still in medical school and at the time, loads of my fellow medical students were raving about how good it was.

I never really got into it though, mainly because, as far as I can recall, it’s never been on terrestrial TV in the UK (correct me if I’m wrong). I watched the occasional episode at mate’s places but would never have said I was a fan of the show.

Until now.

I think the show is absolutely fantastic, and it’s made me laugh out loud more times than I can remember. For those who don’t know, the series basically follows three American doctors as they progress through their training from their intern year through to becoming attending physicians and beyond.

I’ve heard people say that it’s “really realistic.” I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the show bears much resemblance to every day hospital life, but it does have moments that I really recognise. Bricking it at your first cardiac arrest call, trying to make a relationship work despite the demands of the job, the frustration you feel at the patients who just won’t help themselves as well as those who you feel you’ve made a real difference to are all shown at various points.

I realise this is rapidly turning into an advert, so I’ll stop. Anyway, the DVD is calling, I’m half way through series 7 now, so I guess my normal blogging will resume shortly.


madsadgirl said...

So that's why we haven't heard from you for a few weeks. I stupidly thought that it was because you were working so hard.

irish andrew said...

Hi Michael,

Scrubs is shown on E4 I believe, although I'm not sure what series they are showing. Series 8 has already played in the US, and I think is being shown at the moment in the UK - although Series 9 has just begun in the US taking a new slant (and cast) on the show - having seen the first 2 episodes I can say it's still laugh out loud funny :)

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Jo said...

Scrubs did make it on to terrestrial at some point - I remember watching an early few episodes (was never in enough to actually watch a series). I always knew that it was good, though, as my mum (A&E nurse and ward sister for many years) loved it, and she normally can't stand any tv shows to do with hospitals (she grumbles through them...)

Renal said...

My job definitely resembles scrubs - just with more bullying, intimidation and bullshit.

Special K said...

You should watch Green Wing as well. It's certainly not the British equivalent of Scrubs, it's more surreal, very warm and really REALLY funny.

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Anonymous said...

"My job definitely resembles scrubs - just with more bullying, intimidation and bullshit."

yep mine too. and without the humour!

-Cardio doc

Anonymous said...

Medical students still love to watch scrubs re-runs! My housemate and I watch it without fail nearly everyday...probably why we don't get any work done!

IHM said...

GettingDiploma in Nursing and wearing scrubs makes me a proud nurse

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