“Scrubs” has a real-life basis, coming directly from creator Bill Lawrence’s experiences and conversations with his longtime surgeon friend Jonathan Doris (JD). Therefore, the show is often authentic – true to the spirit of a young medical person, if not a letter. As Lawrence told the Austin Chronicle, he’ll see his friend “dealing with dead people and disintegrating families on a daily basis.” That was included in the show from the start, making it unique thanks to its theme.
Surrounded by death, JD and his colleagues turn to humor as a natural means of coping. As Lawrence would say in the “Scrubs” roundtablethe characters “laugh, they joke, they do what they can to get through things.”
The constant air of death around the hospital made sitcoms difficult to sell, but “Scrubs” used that to its advantage. The show is often filled with dark humor, as the extravagantly incompetent Doug (Johnny Kastl) becomes a talented investigator because he accidentally kills many of his patients. While the show can often use death for its moments of great pain and emotion, its macabre sense of humor is to its advantage. Death and injury can bring characters’ minutiae into perspective, but it also tends to leave the absurd and strange in its wake.
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