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Scrubs - (S01E19)

Comedy . Drama

An assortment of moms and dads descend on their offspring at home and in the workplace. J.D.'s father is a gregarious yet lonely divorcee who's desperately trying to be just one of the guys. Elliot's folks, on the other hand, are a snooty couple whose pompous behavior dismays their daughter. Similarly rattled is Turk, unnerved by the bonding of his girlfriend, Carla, and his brassy mother. But the most vexatious parent by far is the janitor's dad.

Episode Title: My Old Man
Airs: 2002-04-9 at 08:00 pm
  • Tom Shales

    Even though Scrubs is the best of the season's new comedies, it may not have the most laughs. But oh mama, it has the most heart. Scrubs is to the average sitcom as a steak at the Palm is to a Big Mac. We are talking an entirely different, and superior, species. [2 Oct 2001, p.C01]

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Phil Gallo

    Scrubs is sharp on every level, from script, direction and editing to the well-chosen, handsome cast and the employment of nonreal sequences. [1 Oct 2001, p.4]

    Variety Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    'Scrubs' is a TV rarity: a new sitcom with an original look and point of view, and the merciful absence of a familiar star attempting a comeback.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Sarcastic yet engaging, edgy yet heartfelt. [2 Oct 2001, p.E1]

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    But most importantly, Scrubs has heart. Not the forced, icky sentimentality so often found in sitcoms, but earned moments that feel genuinely poignant. [2 Oct 2001, p.D-1]

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Jonathan Storm

    One of the best new series this fall. [2 Oct 2001, p.C04]

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    For the first time in a long time, NBC has a new sitcom that really is must-see TV. [2 Oct 2001, p.C08]

    Deseret News Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Although the humor begins broadly, it grows on you as you adjust to its rhythms, and ultimately you hear yourself laughing out loud. This is easily NBC's best new series. It's also one of those distinctive comedies in which everything meshes. [2 Oct 2001, p.C2]

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Zurawik

    The humor is dark, and the editing is fast-paced and often non-linear. The visual sensibility heightens the surreal quality of life and death with young Dr. Dorian as he careens like a bumper-car through his shift. [2 Oct 2001, p.1E]

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Phil Rosenthal

    John C. McGinley is a comedic genius. While series lead Zach Braff tries to channel Tom Cavanagh from "Ed" in this single-camera, laugh-track-free comedy about young doctors-in-training from "Spin City" co-creator Bill Lawrence, it's character actor McGinley ("Wall Street") who owns and almost singlehandedly carries the show in his supporting role as mentor Phil Cox. [2 Oct 2001, p.47]

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    Once it relaxes, however, Scrubs turns out to be a thoughtful show that has dispensed with a laugh track and proves amusing enough not to need one. (Now, let's dispense with those fantasies.) Shot with a single camera in a former hospital, it aims for the exaggerated realism and the light-meets-dark tone of "M*A*S*H" -- a worthy ambition even if it doesn't get there. [2 Oct 2001, p.F1]

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Julie Salamon

    In the first two episodes, Scrubs quickly achieves a breezy comic rhythm. Like ''Spin City'' this show operates with deliberate artifice but enough warmth to bring humanity to the characters.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Terry Kelleher

    Though overequipped with distracting extras—-flashes of fantasy, slapstick sound effects—-this dark comedy definitely grows on you.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    That sincere desire to serve is key. In the wrong hands, Scrubs could have been another mean-spirited juvenile comedy about smart-aleck, self-absorbed, barely post-collegiate yuppies -- which is the impression you may have gotten from NBC's inexplicably unpleasant promos. But Lawrence takes pains to show us that these doctors take their jobs seriously, an essential task accomplished without sacrificing any of the humor. In a sense, the show is a flashback to M*A*S*H, both in its look (Scrubs is shot without an audience) and in the way it blends laughs with life-and-death emotion.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Brandon M. Easton

    It's a deliciously post-modern and surreal sitcom that succeeds both on a silly and an intellectual level. [2 Oct 2001, p.46]

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Especially in the pilot, Scrubs is burdened with every gimmick that Ally McBeal and its offspring have used to simulate comedy--fantasy scenes, gratuitous sex jokes and sound effects. ... But the show also has a dry, unjaded humor.

    Time Full Review
  • Noel Holston

    I would say give them a chance. What else are you going to do for a half-hour after "Frasier"? [2 Oct 2001, p.B27]

    Newsday Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    Sometimes you just have to know when to stop. Scrubs is still learning. [2 Oct 2001]

    Dallas Morning News Full Review
  • Hal Boedeker

    The show comes off as too hectic, too cute, too edgy and not especially funny. [2 Oct 2001, p.E1]

    Orlando Sentinel Full Review
  • Ann Hodges

    Fantasy and cute shtick are on overkill here; Scrubs would be better without those elements. [2 Oct 2001, p.8]

    Houston Chronicle Full Review
  • Preston Turegano

    A lot of the humor in Scrubs is sick. Many jokes are made at the expense of old people on the brink of death, or sitting comatose in a wheelchair. [2 Oct 2001, p.E3]

    San Diego Union-Tribune Full Review
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