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Goofy medical comedy with heart; for older teens.
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What parents need to know

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

Characters demonstrate compassion and teamwork.

Not applicable

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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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).

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.

Families can talk 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?

TV details

Premiere date:October 2, 2001
Cast:Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, Zach Braff
Networks:ABC, Syndicated
Character strengths:Compassion, Teamwork
TV rating:TV-14
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 14 years old Written byikraus484 May 29, 2009

Is scrubs really ment for kids?

I would say kids over the age of ten could basically watch Scrubs. The material may be a little iffy for the ages ten to twelve, but it should be acceptable. younger children, as to eight and under should not be watching it. Now, the maturity of eight year olds and under are lower then ten year olds, because ten year olds learned about puberty already. The show "Scrubs" is got very mild sexual references, intact, most of them don't have any. The language in all the episodes are very mild such as, "crap", "hell", or "shut up", that would be okay for ten year olds.
Kid, 12 years old January 29, 2010
this is one of my most favorite shows i have watched allmost every episode
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 15 years old Written byzazmopepperz April 21, 2011
The show is probably the best hospital show ever made. It's got everything, jokes, romance, fantasy (J.D. always day dreams) and characters who are real d--ks but are insanely funny (got to love Dr. Cox). The sex is quite explicit, one character, Elliot, often talks about her sexual fantasies but it's not shown. Great show recommended for teens.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing