TV channel Paramount Comedy in the UK is currently running back to back episodes of Scrubs everyday at 7pm. If you’ve never seen this show before, and you like surreal intelligent stuff, it really is one of the most original and groundbreaking US comedies of all time.
First aired in 2001, and devised by Bill Lawrence (creator of Spin City), it features a brilliant cast, no phony laugh track (a big part of its appeal), and some outstanding writing. Sarah Chalke is particularly good as the zany ex-girlfriend of the lead character played by Zach Braff. It’s set in a hospital, but don’t let this put you off. It put me off at first, and now I kind of regret it.
Unlike other great US sitcoms like Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond and Married with Children, Scrubs is very accessible and you will probably enjoy it from your first episode. You’ll then have over 120 more episodes to enjoy!
Scrubs DVD sets – Amazon UK & Amazon USA
Incidentally, if you have ever wanted to watch a good introductory episode of Married with Children (a brilliant comedy itself), track down an episode called ‘The Wedding Repurcussions’ from Season 7. It’s easy to watch the wrong episode of a TV show and be apathetic to watching more, but this one, although not the funniest, is less harsh than others and probably a good starter for that reason.