Diagnosis: 'Scrubs' Mops The Floor With 'Grey's Anatomy' In Every Way

Diagnosis: 'Scrubs' Mops The Floor With 'Grey's Anatomy' In Every Way

"Grey's" is overly dramatic and far less accurate. "Scrubs" got it right.

People LOVE a good medical-drama. "The Resident," "House," and others are often among some of the most popular shows to be syndicated on television.

None of these could dare supersede the essentially ubiquitous "Grey's Anatomy," which has permeated essentially every aspect of popular culture in some form or another; I imagine we all have a friend who watches it to some extent, and another who binge watches it, taking in every second.

HOWEVER, there is a show that, while having a "meh" ending, was, in my opinion, better in virtually every aspect. The show? "Scrubs."

Now, this may not be the most "hot" take, but "Scrubs" has, in my opinion, something "Grey's" does not: consistently good comedy.

Yeah, it may be fairly low-brow humor at times, but the comedy makes the series more complete; it does not incessantly focus on dynamics or sensibilities the entire time, like "Grey's" seems to, but provides balance between the surreal (J.D.'s sometimes-sad-sometimes-hilarious fantasies), and the reality of working in a hospital. Plus, comedic relief is usually not bad, and is better than the constant melodrama.

That's another thing; "Scrubs" seems, to me, to be a more accurate presentation of hospital life.

Now, disclaimer: I work in a hospital, but nowhere near the same departments as either of these shows (and also am, as you could infer, not a doctor).

Furthermore, most shows that discuss medicine are fairly inaccurate to an extent. HOWEVER, "Scrubs" provides a setting and context that, in theory, seems at least "more" accurate. The relationships make more sense (at least between the doctors), the residents aren't as involved in every aspect of patient care, but still are involved (plus, they aren't switching from specialty to specialty seemingly every single day).

Another thing is that it focuses on the more mundane cases, rather than being overly dramatic for the sake of entertainment. Plus, when compared to other shows, what happens on "Grey's" is egregious (an easy example being not getting kicked out for putting a patient's life in danger!!!). I get keeping characters for plot's sake, but COME ON!!!!

Emotional sequences. Yes, "Grey's" is known for the melodrama. The poignancy of so many scenes in the show is never in doubt, but doesn't that ever become a cliche? A trite pattern? "Scrubs" does it better. The emotional sequences don't come as frequently, but when they do... They hit. Hard. I hate spoiling shows, so I won't mention anything in particular. There are portions of the show like when the residents experience their first patient deaths, loss of any patient in general, and the deaths of characters in the show that hit you at JUST the right time to be impacting.

So, back to the point; "Scrubs" surpasses "Grey's." Plot? Better. Drama? Not as overly saturated. Funny? Way funnier, as well as being at least a bit more realistic. This isn't even going into character development (which "Scrubs" is also better at) and some other facets which could've been delved into. Regardless, at the end of the day, it's Dr. J.D. over Dr. Grey.

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A Playlist From The iPod Of A Middle Schooler In 2007

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Something happened today that I never thought in a million years would happen. I opened up a drawer at my parents' house and I found my pink, 4th generation iPod Nano. I had not seen this thing since I graduated from the 8th grade, and the headphones have not left my ears since I pulled it out of that drawer. It's funny to me how music can take you back. You listen to a song and suddenly you're wearing a pair of gauchos, sitting on the bleachers in a gym somewhere, avoiding boys at all cost at your seventh grade dance. So if you were around in 2007 and feel like reminiscing, here is a playlist straight from the iPod of a middle schooler in 2007.

1. "Bad Day" — Daniel Powter

2. "Hips Don't Lie" — Shakira ft. Wyclef Jean

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3. "Unwritten" — Natasha Bedingfield

4. "Run It!" — Chris Brown

5. "Girlfriend" — Avril Lavigne

6. "Move Along" — All-American Rejects

7. "Fergalicious" — Fergie

8. "Every Time We Touch" — Cascada

9. "Ms. New Booty" — Bubba Sparxxx

10. "Chain Hang Low" — Jibbs

11. "Smack That" — Akon ft. Eminem

12. "Waiting on the World to Change" — John Mayer

13. "Stupid Girls" — Pink

14. "Irreplaceable" — Beyonce

15. "Umbrella" — Rihanna ft. Jay-Z

16. "Don't Matter" — Akon

17. "Party Like A Rockstar" — Shop Boyz

18. "This Is Why I'm Hot" — Mims

19. "Beautiful Girls" — Sean Kingston

20. "Bartender" — T-Pain

21. "Pop, Lock and Drop It" — Huey

22. "Wait For You" — Elliot Yamin

23. "Lips Of An Angel" — Hinder

24. "Face Down" — Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

25. "Chasing Cars" — Snow Patrol

26. "No One" — Alicia Keys

27. "Cyclone" — Baby Bash ft. T-Pain

28. "Crank That" — Soulja Boy

29. "Kiss Kiss" — Chris Brown

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30. "Lip Gloss" — Lil' Mama

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Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia..four unique middle aged women from different backgrounds under one roof.


One of the greatest shows of all time (at least in my opinion) is Golden Girls. I was not born yet when it first aired in 1985, but thankfully it is on Hulu. Here are just some of the many quotes from the series's seven-year run.

1. Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping. -Blanche Devereaux

2. Go to sleep sweetheart. Pray for brains. -Dorothy Zbornak

3. Dorothy, was Sophia naked just now, or does her dress really need ironing. -Rose Nylund

4. People waste their time pondering whether a glass if half empty of half full. Me, I just drink whatever's in the glass. -Sophia Petrillo

5. I've been having a giood time, and there wasn't even a man in the room. -Blanche Devereaux

6. As they say in St. Olaf, Helgenbargenflergenflurfennerfen. -Rose Nylund

7. Have I given you any indication that I care? -Sophia Petrillo

8. I'm as jumpy as a virgin in a prison rodeo. -Blanche Devereaux

9. Blanche, I could get herpes listening to this story -Dorothy Zbornak

10. I had a knack for coming up with the firmest, most appealing yams. -Rose Nylund

11. No, I will not have a nice day! -Dorothy Zbornak

12. Look, you didn't ask for my opinion, but I'm old, so I'm giving it anyway. -Sophia Petrillo

13. There is a fine line between having a good time and being a wanton slut. My toe has been on that line. Blanche Devereaux

14. You'll have to excuse my mother. She suffered a slight stroke a few years ago which rendered her totally annoying. -Dorothy Zbornak

15. Everybody likes me. -Rose Nylund

16. Silly rabbi. Tricks are for kids. -Sophia Petrillo

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