A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The cast is diverse, with Hispanic and black, male and female main characters. Although some goofy antics go on at the hospital (and therein lies the comedy), the young doctors and nurses go to great lengths to help people and take their jobs to heart.
Positive Role Models
Characters demonstrate compassion and teamwork.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lot of sexual-tinged subject matter and innuendo. Occasional partial nudity and implied sex.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Profanity on the level of "ass" and "bitch" is fairly frequent.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The characters often hang out at a local bar and have a drink or two.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
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).
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.
Suggest an Update
Our Editors Recommend
Comedy TV Shows for Teens
Best Sitcoms for Your Next Family Binge-Watch
Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.See how we rate