I like comedy but when it comes to sophomoric sitcoms, I've personally had my fill of what dominates the American television scene. When I first saw t
I like comedy but when it comes to sophomoric sitcoms, I’ve personally had my fill of what dominates the American television scene. When I first saw the shows Scrubs bing rerun on Comedy Central, I did not have high hopes for it. Rarely does the network run a live action show sitcom that is vaguely entertaining which seems odd for a network that boasts South Park and such talent as John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. I would learn later that the show airs regularly on NBC.
To say the show lived up to what expectations I had of it would be an understatement. It not only lived up to my expectations for it to be bad, it surpassed all of them. Perhaps the series M*A*S*H set my expectations too high for a medical comedy, but it seems that Scrubs does not even make the effort. What humor the show does have relies more on crude interactions between the characters or juvenile competitions.
It seems that the network that has offered up a few shows that do not insult your intelligence in the past, such as Frasier and News Radio, would allow this travesty to be aired, but I do not forget that television is after all a business and the show must be attracting advertisers.
It is not that the show couldn’t blend the crude humor with intelligent bits as continually done by the makers of South Park in an effort to appeal to as many viewers of the show as possible and probably is responsible for the long success of that show. Scrubs simply makes no effort to do so. The setting of being in a hospital with interns really does not matter in all but a few instances. Most of the same behaviors displayed can be seen on any high school.
It could be that in my zest to see things change I’ve got the appeal of the show all wrong. Perhaps people continue to watch it because they want to see people who are supposedly intelligent acting like childish morons, making the average beer-drinking Nascar watching fan of the show feel better about himself. I won’t stop anyone else who wants to watch this, but there are far better ways to spend your time just as their were far better ways to spend my time than writing this review. It may be more entertaining than the latest reality television offering from Fox, but I think I’ll pass up any more opportunities to watch Scrubs.