'Scrubs' Season 8 Premiere Review
'Scrubs' Season 8 Premiere Review
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
After a long wait and a network switch, Scrubs returns tonight at 9pm on ABC with two brand new episodes to kick off season 8. The show has been through a lot of turmoil, but now it's back and just as good as ever.

The first two episodes prove that the switch to ABC hasn't changed the show at all. Scrubs is still a quirky half-hour with off-the-wall comedy and a real sense of heart. The whole cast is back, plus one big addition. Courtney Cox returns to comedy as Sacred Heart's new chief of medicine, replacing Dr. Kelso, who was forced into retirement last season.

Cox is perfectly suited to play the attractive new chief, but looks can be deceiving. While most of the doctors think she's a nice change of pace from the cruel Kelso, Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) is convinced she's just as evil as her predecessor.

Kelso is not entirely out of the picture, as he's still hanging around the hospital to throw in a good zinger every so often. Season 8 also introduces a host of new interns. In keeping with the show's strong track record of TV-related jokes, J.D. gives them all nicknames based on The Facts of Life.

The best part of Scrubs is the near constant barrage of self-referential jokes. Right away, the show makes a point of mentioning the network change and, in the first hour, there are also some great lines about how Scrubs is always overlooked at awards shows.

While the first episode is classic Scrubs comedy, the second episode tonight brings back some of the more dramatic elements that help make the show stand apart from other sitcoms. J.D. and Turk spend the entirety of the second episode sitting with an old man who is coping with his eminent death.

Eight seasons in, Scrubs still feels as fresh as ever. The comedy is great, the emotion is strong, and the cast hasn't lost a step. In fact, if there's anything wrong with the show, it's the fact that Zach Braff is attempting to grow a beard, and the result is less than stellar.

-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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