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Analysis Of The Comedy Scrubs

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Analysis of the Comedy Scrubs

The show 'Scrubs' has 24 episodes and was first aired at 10pm on sky
one every Thursday, although not a prime spot in the week, it still
had a high viewer rating. It is now playing on channel 4 at 10.35
again on Thursdays. The time it is aired at, shows the adult humour of
the programme and some scenes that could be unsuitable for children. I
am analysing the first show in the series. In my opinion it is the
most important as it determines if you are going to watch the rest of
the series and should introduce the main characters. The approximate
running time is 20 minutes.

Named a "Future Classic" by the TV Land cable network, "Scrubs"
averaged a 5.3 rating and a 13 share among adults 18-49 in its first
season and is the highest-rated new comedy series to return for the
2002-03 season.

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This half-hour comedy from the co-creator/executive producer of "Spin
City" focuses on the experiences of fresh-faced medical intern John
"JD" Dorian (Zach Braff, "The Broken Hearts Club") as he embarks on
his career at a hospital full of unpredictable staffers and patients.

Joining him in his new world are his college buddy, Chris Turk (Donald
Faison, "Felicity"), an intern with a more elite surgical group, and
the beautiful and driven Elliott Reid (Sarah Chalke, "Roseanne"), JD's
fellow medical intern whom he instantly tries to pursue romantically.
Keeping the new interns on their toes are: the fatherly chief of
medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins, "Beverly Hills, 90210"); the
abrasive, no-nonsense Dr. Phil Cox (John C. McGinley, "Any Given
Sunday"); and jaded nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes, "Oz"), who
doesn't take any flak from anybody.

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Top row, left to right: (Chris) Turk, Dr (Perry) Cox, Dr Bob Kelso.

Bottom row, left to right: Carla, Elliott Reed, John Dorian (JD)

The main character is JD who has joined a hospital after finishing
medical school. A narrative technique used, is the 'spoken thought'
this is diegetic sound as it is the thoughts of the main character.

Scrubs has a varied genre, as with many other TV soap operas. It has
comedy and drama, which blend together effectively.

The narrative is quite traditional it starts with several problems
that are eventually solved by the end of the show: JD being anxious
about his first day, his fear of doing anything to the patients (he
gets the nurses to do it), the problem of getting an apartment with
Turk, and JD being worried about being on-call. These are eventually
resolved and equilibrium is reached by the end of the program. The
format of each episode deals individually with the characters problems
but does not have a final ending, but a conclusion of the problems of
that episode, so each...

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