Scrubs: The Complete First Season—Buena Vista
Usually, shows that take place in a hospital fall into the hour-long drama category, with a few comedic moments thrown in to dilute the sad stuff. Scrubs has achieved something we haven't seen since M.A.S.H.—it's a hospital-based sitcom that is truly funny, with a few sad moments thrown in to dilute the happy stuff. OK, M.A.S.H. also dealt with war and managed to be funny, so it wins. But Scrubs' excellent melding of bizarre slapstick, wonderfully flawed but lovable characters, and genuine sentiment has made it one of the best sitcoms on TV right now.
As I revisited the first season in this three-disc boxed set, I was struck by how well developed the characters were from the get-go. Each disc in the set contains eight episodes, all in the 1.33:1 video format with Dolby stereo audio. The pilot episode is somewhat dark and grainy, but the rest of the episodes look and sound fine. There are no chapter breaks within episodes, which is a bit frustrating.
Bonus content is spread out over the three discs and includes outtakes, deleted scenes, alternate dialogue, an interview with star Zach Braff, and a half-hour behind-the-scenes look at season one. Braff, John C. McGinley, Neil Flynn, and other cast members take turns teaming up with creator Bill Lawrence for the six commentary tracks scattered throughout the set.
Overall, this DVD presentation is a worthy complement to the show. If you haven't yet discovered the greatness of Scrubs, you can now enjoy it from the beginning.