2017 marks 7 years since Scrubs ended, or as some fans would say, 8 years since Scrubs ended (because who counts that final season, really?). Nevertheless, it's safe to say there's a big Scrubs-shaped-hole in my heart, and if you're like me, you miss the whole gang from Sacred Heart hospital. In its 9 years of airing, Scrubs amassed tons of fun trivia for us to reminisce about.
1. Zach Braff Suggested The Opening Song 'Superman'
Scrubs's main theme 'Superman' by Lazlo Bane became an integral part of the show, and has gone on to be an iconic part of #TV history. But did you know that, JD a.k.a. Zach Braff, actually suggested the song to the show's creators because he felt the lyrics matched the tone and mood the show was going for? He couldn't have been more right! Check out the classic song below:
2. Dr. Cox Used Real Life Inspiration To Call JD A Different Girls' Name Every Episode
Every Scrubs fan knows that Dr. Cox loves to call JD a different girls' name everytime he sees him — check out the video above for a refresher. But did you know that Dr. Cox used his real life experience for that running joke? John C. McGinley claims that he got the idea from his interactions with his good friend and neighbour John Cusack!
3. Sarah Chalke Used Her Scrubs Coat on 'How I Met Your Mother'!
I always love hearing a story of a celebrity keeping some sort of memorabilia from a project they do, so it's great to hear that Sarah Chalke reused her lab coat from Scrubs for her part in How I Met Your Mother. The coat can be seen in the above picture, and the actress used pens to cover up her original name tag!
4. One of Dr. Cox's Best Quotes is From 'Platoon'!
Dr. Cox had numerous catchphrases over the years, and one of his best was "What do ya say there Bob?". This quote was first said by actor John C. McGinley (who played Dr. Cox) when he starred in the classic war-time movie Platoon — so the running gag in Scrubs pays homage to arguably his best film.
5. Ted's Band In The Show Are a Real Band!
Ted and his band sung various songs over the years on Scrubs, from Outkast's 'Hey Ya!' to the classic 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow'. But did you know that this ensemble in the show are a real life band called The Blanks? Yeah, just when you thought you couldn't love Ted anymore...
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6. The Main Characters' Names Were Taken From Real People!
JD and Turk are one of the most iconic duos in #comedy TV history, and their names weren't just totally random. The inspiration came from two real-life doctors who were medical advisors on the show, named Dr. Jonathan Doris and Jon Turk. Heather Graham's character Molly Clock was also named after an advisor, named Dr. Dolly Klock.
7. The Wristbands Dr. Cox Wore Were Are For Charity!
If you're an observant viewer, then you'll notice than in various Scrubs episodes, Dr. Cox can be seen wearing a blue and yellow wristband. The wristband was worn in support of the National Down Syndrome Society and their "Buddy Walk" programme. You can read more about the fantastic cause here!
8. JD Always 'Passed On the Mantle' To Guest Narrators
This is my favourite piece of trivia on the list so far, probably because I never knew this one myself! Did you know that in the episodes where JD isn't narrating, he physically touches the guest narrator, to 'pass on the mantle'? At the end of these episodes, the person who was narrating makes physical contact with JD to give back the mantle — how cool is that?
9. Some of The Show's Best Moments Were Improvised!
The cast of Scrubs were no strangers to improvisation. The Janitor was always the wackiest character from Scrubs, with the most insane lines are just random outbursts. This may be down to the fact that the actor who played him, Neil Flynn, actually improvised most of his lines! Show creator Bill Lawrence has gone on record to say that Neil Flynn never spoke a line from the script, and sometimes his lines were just called "Whatever Neil Says".
Also, in the above picture, you can see one of the show's best running jokes, the 'eagle' which Zach Braff actually improvised in Season 1.
So there you have it folks — I hope you learned tons of new Scrubs trivia to impress your friends with next time you're watching JD and the gang in action. I thoroughly miss the show so it's nice to remember some of the best things about it.
I'd love to know which trivia from the list was your favourite, let me know in the comments!