SCRUBS and Other Returning TV Shows

Anyone watch Scrubs last night? I thought the two episodes were pretty good. I loved this show’s first two seasons but it became really uneven over the years, to the point where I almost stopped watching last year. But last night, the show made me laugh again with the addition of some fresh blood.

courteney-cox-as-dr-maddoxCourteney Cox was very funny as the new chief of medicine, Dr. Maddox. The best part for me was her firing the janitor. That character is so annoying—he’s NEVER made me laugh, not once. I know we haven’t seen the last of him but at least he didn’t show up for the second episode and for that I was grateful. What I didn’t like was how Dr. Maddox turned out to be a jerk, like Dr. Cox feared. Cox (Courteney) was so winning I wanted her to stick around for a while but I don’t want such an insurance whore to be in charge of Sacred Heart.

The best thing for me about these episodes was the clear evidence that Bill Lawrence or someone on staff is a Flight of the Conchords fan. Both episodes featured the hilarious work of Aziz Ansari and Eliza Coupe (as J.D.’s new interns Ed and Denise), both of whom were standout guest stars on Conchords, the funniest sitcom around next to 30 Rock. The Conchords connection alone makes me want to tune in for the rest of Scrubs‘s likely final season, just in case Bret and Jermaine show up, too.

flight_of_the_conchordsSpeaking of Bret and Jermaine, any other Conchords fans here? I’ve been promoting this show since it premiered in summer of ’07 because I think it’s comic brilliance. The second season starts Jan. 18 on HBO. You can watch the full Season 2 premiere episode here but it’s not one of their strongest (though still funny) so you really must rent the first season DVDs to get the full impact of these guys’ humor.

For a taste, check out the the following video. It’s Business Time, baby.

What returning shows are you looking forward most to seeing again? Take the poll below to see if other readers are anticipating it, too!

3 responses to “SCRUBS and Other Returning TV Shows

  1. I became an out-patient of Scrubs a long time ago. I will check in occasionally because I really want to like the show. It just keeps missing. I agree with your comment about the guy who plays the janitor. You’d think it would be funny and it just isn’t. I don’t know why Cox is whoring herself out to this show.

  2. Why on earth would they even bring Scrubs back? I agree with the uneven-ness comment. It started out as such a funny show.

  3. I don’t usually comment on TV because I think most of it really bites, but there haven’t been any really good films lately so I checked out the tv section of your blog.

    SCRUBS needs to go away or Zach Braff needs to figure out if his character is gay or not already. It’s kinda uncomfortable to watch. Just come out already, J.D.!

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