I think it's safe to say we're in the golden era or TV right now, but I think the age of great comedies has all but passed. Sure, we have fantastic shows like Silicon Valley and Veep — but the likes of Friends, Cheers and the show in question here, Scrubs, are all emphatically missed.
Scrubs was quite a impressive show; it expertly masterered comedy and provided us with some of the most memorable TV characters ever, all while fitting in the saddest, tear-jerking episodes without ever feeling out of place. After 9 Seasons (one of which we won't discuss), it's damn near impossible to single out just 10 great episodes. It's OK if you don't agree with my choices — I'd love to hear your ranking in the comments! I'm pretty sure we'll all have the same number one, however...
10. My First Day
This was the episode that started it all. 'My First Day' is one of my favorite #TV pilots of all time. From the memorable 'penny in the door' moment to to being introduced to the frantic & worrisome JD, this episode really set the tone for Scrubs. The thing I find exceptional about the show is how it stayed true to it's tone and characters for 9 whole seasons. I don't know how the writers knew exactly what they wanted for the characters so vividly. Relive one of my favorite Scrubs moments below where JD finally admitted to the penny in the door in Season 8!
9. My Musical
Every now and then, successful shows often resort to a musical-themed episode for fun (and maybe for filler too). Some great examples of TV shows having a musical episode include: The Flash, The Simpsons and even Greys Anatomy! Scrubs is no different and they did it fantastically. If you need a reminder of the incredible opening dance, check it below! La La Land has nothing on Sacred Heart...
8. My Cake
'My Cake' is an episode of Scrubs that perfectly illustrates where the show excels: in balancing #drama and #comedy. In this episode, we learn that JD's father has passed away, and his brother (played by Tom Cavanagh) has come to stay with JD for a few days.
Although it's extremely sad to see Dan and JD's dad die, the episode does an amazing job of having some light-hearted funny moments, but in such a seamless way that it doesn't feel cheap or out of place. Dan also made for one of the best cameo characters Scrubs ever had — he even went on to feature in 7 episodes!
7. My Old Lady
We've already mentioned one of Scrubs's classic sad episodes, but it's time we address an episode that had us all bawling. 'My Old Lady' was the fourth ever episode of Scrubs; straight away, it gave us an idea of just how special Scrubs was going to be. This tear-jerker featured a young JD who had to take care of a patient who was sadly ready to die.
6. My Soul on Fire 1 & 2
I love it when TV shows venture to different countries for an episode, because it's just so fun! Scrubs's iteration of this happened in Season 8, where the gang went to the Bahamas to surprise Ted for his sun-soaked wedding. These two episodes were heartfelt (seeing JD and Elliot clash), hilarious (JD and Turk with matching necklaces) and memorable (Ted's cover of 'Hey Ya' by Outkast). This will forever go down as one of my favourite two-part episodes in TV history. If you forgot just how amazing Ted's cover was, check it out below!
5. My Fallen Idol
This is one episode that consistently crops up in lists of people's favorite Scrubs episodes, and it's easy to see why. One of Scrubs's most compelling elements is JD and Dr. Cox's complex relationship, and this episode gave us a brilliantly enlightening look at their dynamic. It was in this episode that we see a frail and defeated Dr. Cox — which surprised JD as much as it surprised us viewers. JD went on to tell Dr. Cox he was proud of him, which was a hugely emotional scene. If you were able to get through this episode without a lump in your throat, then I commend you!
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4. My Lunch
This is another episode where we saw Cox sad over the fate of a patient. Such episodes are always fantastic, and see the cast turn in especially strong performances. This episode centred around the tragedy that was Dr. Cox losing three patients because of his mistake.
This episode was a two-parter with the above episode "My Fallen Idol", and like the previous episode, this one was another tear-jerker. I'd have to say both episodes are pretty even despite this one being higher up on the list. I'll never forget the incredibly sad scenes of Dr. Cox losing his patients to The Fray's 'How To Save a Life'.
3. The Finale
Starting a show is hard, maintaining a show is hard, but ending a show perfectly is extremely difficult. Having all your fans eagerly waiting to see the end to a (then) 8-season show can build crazy, unrealistic expectations. Scrubs managed to fulfil everyone's expectations by producing a truly beautiful final episode that perfectly wrapped up the shows inside jokes and great relationships. Out of all the wonderful scenes that were in this finale, my favorite part was when Dr. Cox said how he truly feels about John Dorian as a doctor and we see a truly great (and funny) moment between the pair.
2. My Way Home
To this day, whenever I hear 'Africa' by Toto, all I can picture is JD soaking up in the bath tub singing along to the '80s classic. This really set the tone for what was an amazing episode that paid homage The Wizard of Oz through the use of what each character needed. This episode deserves its number 2 spot for masterfully weaving the story of The Wizard of Oz to all the gang at Sacred Heart. For example: Turk needed a heart (for an operation), Elliot needed brains (knowledge of endocrinology), Carla needed courage and JD just wanted to go home.
1. My Screw Up
Anybody who doubted Scrubs's ability to do drama was silenced after this episode in Season 3. It's very difficult to try and pick a best Scrubs episode seeing how fantastic they all are, but when I think back on which one resonated with me the most, it has to be the one where Brendan Fraser (Ben) died without us knowing for most of the episode. Ben (if you've forgotten) was Dr. Cox's friend and one the only people in Scrubs history who couldn't be intimidated by Cox's antics. The soul-crushing twist that happened in this episode was as much of a surprise for us as it was for Dr. Cox himself. With the harrowing song 'Winter' by Joshua Radin playing behind the scene, you can be sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house. What makes this episode even sadder is watching just how well Dr. Cox and Ben got on in the show.
Scrubs still remains as my favourite show ever, which is mainly due to their undeniable ability to weave drama and comedy together as one. Some hilarious moments like: JD getting the penny stuck in the door are just as memorable as some sad scenes, like JD's dad dying. As difficult as it was narrowing these down from the top 10, I'd love to hear your opinions.
Was it the happier episodes like 'My Musical' that won you over, or was it some of the sadder episodes like seeing Ben die that solidified this show as one of your favourites? Let me know in the comments below!