Scrubs (season 1)

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Scrubs (season 1)
Scrubs Season 1 DVD art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Original network NBC
Original release October 2, 2001 (2001-10-02) – May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)
Season chronology
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List of Scrubs episodes

The first season of the American comedy television series Scrubs premiered on NBC on October 2, 2001 and concluded on May 21, 2002 and consists of 24 episodes. Scrubs was created by Bill Lawrence who wrote the pilot as well as 3 other episodes in the season. Adam Bernstein directed the pilot as well as 4 other episodes. Neil Flynn was only a guest star in the first season, although he appeared in every episode of the season. Bill Lawrence said if the show had been cancelled at the end of the first season, he would have made the Janitor a figment of J.D.'s imagination.[1]

The first season follows J.D. (Zach Braff) and his best friend Turk (Donald Faison) in their first year out of medical school as interns at Sacred Heart Hospital. J.D. quickly meets his reluctant mentor, Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley); a young woman (and fellow intern) named Elliot (Sarah Chalke), on whom he has a crush; the hospital's janitor (Neil Flynn), who goes out of his way to make J.D.'s life miserable; the Chief of Medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins), who is more concerned about the budget than the patients; and Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), the head nurse and Turk's new girlfriend, who puts Turk through the trials and tribulations of being in a serious relationship. The characters face romances and relationship issues, family obligations, overwhelming paperwork, and a tremendous number of patients. The first season also introduces recurring supporting characters such as "The Todd" (Robert Maschio), a boorishly lascivious surgeon; Ted (Sam Lloyd), the hospital's hapless, nervous lawyer; Laverne (Aloma Wright), fellow nurse and mentor to Carla; Jordan Sullivan (Christa Miller), Dr. Cox's caustic administrator ex-wife, and Doug Murphy (Johnny Kastl), a nervous young doctor who often accidentally kills patients.

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No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "My First Day" Adam Bernstein Bill Lawrence October 2, 2001 (2001-10-02) 535G
2 2 "My Mentor" Adam Bernstein Bill Lawrence October 4, 2001 (2001-10-04) S101
3 3 "My Best Friend's Mistake" Adam Bernstein Eric Weinberg October 9, 2001 (2001-10-09) S102
4 4 "My Old Lady" Marc Buckland Matt Tarses October 16, 2001 (2001-10-16) S103
5 5 "My Two Dads" Craig Zisk Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan October 23, 2001 (2001-10-23) S104
6 6 "My Bad" Marc Buckland Gabrielle Allan October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30) S105
7 7 "My Super Ego" Peter Lauer Mike Schwartz November 6, 2001 (2001-11-06) S106
8 8 "My Fifteen Minutes" Lawrence Trilling Eric Weinberg November 15, 2001 (2001-11-15) S108
9 9 "My Day Off" Elodie Keene Janae Bakken November 20, 2001 (2001-11-20) S107
10 10 "My Nickname" Matthew Diamond Bill Lawrence November 27, 2001 (2001-11-27) S110
11 11 "My Own Personal Jesus" Jeff Melman Debra Fordham December 11, 2001 (2001-12-11) S109
12 12 "My Blind Date" Marc Buckland Mark Stegemann January 8, 2002 (2002-01-08) S112
13 13 "My Balancing Act" Michael Spiller Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan January 15, 2002 (2002-01-15) S113
14 14 "My Drug Buddy" Michael Spiller Matt Tarses January 22, 2002 (2002-01-22) S111
15 15 "My Bed Banter & Beyond" Lawrence Trilling Gabrielle Allan February 5, 2002 (2002-02-05) S115
16 16 "My Heavy Meddle" Will Mackenzie Mike Schwartz February 26, 2002 (2002-02-26) S116
17 17 "My Student" Matthew Diamond Story by: Mark Stegemann
Teleplay by: Janae Bakken & Debra Fordham
March 5, 2002 (2002-03-05) S114
18 18 "My Tuscaloosa Heart" Lawrence Trilling Story by: Janae Bakken
Teleplay by: Debra Fordham & Mark Stegemann
March 12, 2002 (2002-03-12) S117
19 19 "My Old Man" Adam Bernstein Matt Tarses April 9, 2002 (2002-04-09) S120
20 20 "My Way or the Highway" Adam Bernstein Eric Weinberg April 16, 2002 (2002-04-16) S118
21 21 "My Sacrificial Clam" Marc Buckland Story by: Debra Fordham
Teleplay by: Janae Bakken & Mark Stegemann
April 30, 2002 (2002-04-30) S119
22 22 "My Occurrence" Lawrence Trilling Bill Lawrence May 7, 2002 (2002-05-07) S122
23 23 "My Hero" Michael Spiller Neil Goldman & Garrett Donovan May 14, 2002 (2002-05-14) S123
24 24 "My Last Day" Michael Spiller Gabrielle Allan & Mike Schwartz May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21) S121


  • denotes a "supersized" episode, running an extended length of 25–28 minutes.


  1. ^ "Scrubs' janitor to get a real name". Pop Critics. December 20, 2007. Retrieved October 16, 2010. 
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