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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Scrubs can be screamingly funny but is very adult-oriented. Main character J.D., prone to fantasies, often fantasizes about sex, and most of the characters discuss their sex lives in varying levels of detail. Some patient conditions aren't suitable for children, such as a man who had a light bulb lodged in his rectum (not shown).
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What's the story?
The young interns of Sacred Heart may be well on their way to becoming fine doctors, but right now they're still learning the ropes. Patients present one new challenge after another, and as "newbies," the interns get dumped on constantly by senior physicians and even the janitor. SCRUBS is grounded in the experiences of Dr. John Dorian (J.D., played by Zach Braff), a still-somewhat-innocent and awkward physician out to impress his elders and become a great doctor. He doesn't always succeed in getting the approval and validation he craves, but in his active fantasy life he's godlike.
Is it any good?
Episodes mainly focus on situations at the hospital, both funny and serious, and as the series has progressed, the personal lives of J.D.'s friends and colleagues have come more into play -- there's a bit more General Hospital in the show now than when it first premiered as an offbeat and highly original comedy. But the writing and acting are still top-notch. Scrubs is not necessarily one for the kids, but one parents may like to record and watch by themselves.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the characters on Scrubs cope with their highly stressful jobs, make tough decisions, and deal with life-and-death situations.
Is humor a realistic reaction to sickness and death? Do you think the work environment at the hospital is realistic?
Would you expect your supervisors to treat you the way J.D. is treated? What would you do if they did?
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