Zach Braff has said there could be a Scrubs movie in the pipeline, if series creator Bill Lawrence and Disney, who own the show via ABC, would be interested in the idea.
The sitcom ran from 2001 to 2010 on NBC, focusing on the lives of trainee doctors and nurses at the fictional Sacred Heart Hospital.
On Fake Doctors, Real Friends, a podcast hosted by Braff and his co-star Donald Faison in which they rewatch the show, Braff said of a movie: “We talk about that, because I point to Psych, who’s now made 2 successful films. It would be fun.
“I think it would be fun for us to all do something like that. We just have to get Disney to be into it and Bill Lawrence to be into it. I think it will happen; the fans seem to really want it to happen.”
Braff recently told the BBC he thinks Scrubs is “way too un-PC”, admitting some of the comedy might read differently when watched today.
“Some of it is way too un-PC, I’m sure, for now,” Braff said. “We often cringe and go okay, you definitely couldn’t do that joke today.
“Sometimes even at the time things would get censored because the creators were trying to push things as far as they could on network television.”
During quarantine I've done a lot of independent research, but I've also done my fair share of watching internet tv too. During said internet tv time, I started rewatching Scrubs on Hulu. It was my go-to multi-task background stream while I lead the Boston Celtics to back-to-back NBA Titles.
I have forgotten a lot about my upbringing, but one thing I know for a fact is that I loved Scrubs when it was on in real time. I definitely wasn't watching when it first started in 2001, but I have evidence of my excitement for a new episode during my freshmen year of high school.
Scrubs ended my senior year after a gimmicky med school 9th season, but for like seven and a half of those nine seasons it was IMO one of the best shows on TV.
During my rewatch, I have listened to Fake Doctors, Real Friends, but I'm super behind...I'm in the 6th season of my rewatch and on like episode three of the podcast. Once I'm driving more I'll be able to bang it out (Pardon My Take is the only podcast I listen to that I have kept up with 100% during C).
Donald and Zach are spot on about some of the jokes definitely not holding up; most notably Dr. Cox always calling J.D. a girl's name as an insult. The trans community would stop that dead in its tracks today. Much like "Paging Dr. F@ggot" in the Hangover, these aren't really jokes as much they are insults/hateful statements. As much as they may offend now, that's just sort of how it was back then. Everybody was making hacky gay jokes every five minutes in tv and movies until like 2014. I'm not saying it's right, but you have to judge with the times. I don't want to see #CANCELDRCOX or #DRCOXISOVERPARTY trending on twitter. Instead we should use it as a jumping off point for a discussion about why that isn't acceptable anymore. History happens everyday. F@ggot isn't a punchline. I am all for making jokes of any type; remember that whole first amendment thing? I don't think gay jokes or jokes involving gender should be off limits, but there needs to be some sort of wit or thought behind it; like Dave Chappelle's alphabet people bit. I think the writers on Scrubs could easily find a way to bring Dr. Cox to 2020 while still being funny and staying true to the character.
While the article or podcast conversation doesn't seem to be past the "it would be awesome to do a Scrubs movie" phase; at least that's a start! In the few episodes I have heard Bill Lawrence is praised seemingly every three minutes; perhaps there's a buttering up situation taking place to get the gears in motion??
With streaming services out the wazoo there$ $o many way$ to make this happen. I don't know if it's right for Disney +, but I'm sure you guys can figure all that out. My job is write opinions. After hearing how ridiculous ABC is with not allowing Zach Braff to keep Rowdy, I can't lie I'm a little worried this won't happen. But reunion shows are often just be money grabs that don't add much to the story. I'm sure if they can make enough money of it, it'll happen. I think a show as beloved as Scrubs, with so many great characters (R.I.P. Sam Lloyd) needs a 10 year update in movie form. It would be a great way to kill 90-120 minutes someday. Make it happen @peoplewhocanmakeithappen!!