TV review by
Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Goofy medical comedy with heart; for older teens.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 17 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 59 reviews

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Positive Messages

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 & Representations

Characters demonstrate compassion and teamwork.


A lot of sexual-tinged subject matter and innuendo. Occasional partial nudity and implied sex.


Profanity on the level of "ass" and "bitch" is fairly frequent.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The characters often hang out at a local bar and have a drink or two.

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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoe Morris April 9, 2008

Just what the doctor ordered

Not only had Scrubs managed to make us laugh for six long series, it's increasingly surreal moments still mantaining their freshness but it's also got... Continue reading
Adult Written byhitesman April 9, 2008


This is a good show for teens to watch. It shows them that ya when you get older that you will have to work but why not make it fun. It also shows them that not... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byfilmreviewerforcsm March 23, 2020

Love it

A few iffy moments, but my favourite show
Teen, 15 years old Written bylafaue July 8, 2014

Funny, Heartfelt, but Inappropriate

I love Scrubs. This show is absolutely hilarious and entirely unique. The swearing is pretty minimal and the sexual material is used in a humorous manner, thoug... Continue reading

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?

  • How do the characters on Scrubs demonstrate compassion and teamwork? Why are those important character strengths?

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