There is too much drama in my comedy.
Let's start by saying I like Scrubs
, It is a genuinely funny show. Like most people, I have also picked a favourite from the broad, varied cast of characters (Dr. Kelso, though the janitor comes close at second place).
The problem with Scrubs
is its attempts to engage with drama. It is mostly down to the main character, JD, who never shuts up. He endlessly muses, whines, and angsts over everything. The most annoying aspect of his character comes in the form of a stock scene that occurs towards the end of every episode. The scene is a montage which summarises several subplots that have developed over the course of the episode, whilst JD talks about what he has learnt. The problem is that these deeply personal life lessons are often corny and mind-numbingly obvious. "Letting go can sometimes be hard," says a ponderous JD, "...most of all, it is hardest to let go of someone you care about." Well, no shit. The montage is just a device to draw each episode to a close, and considering the uninspired morals, it is a fairly laboured one at that. It reminds me of the protagonist in the anime FLCL
. He would stand around, trying to make big pretentious speeches as though he was some mature, stoic hero, when in reality, he's talking total nonsense. The difference is that FLCL
plays it for laughs, whilst Scrubs
presents it dead straight.
I also find it mawkish whenever characters like Dr. Cox drops his icy, sarcastic persona and reveals his vulnerable side (he does this nearly every episode), or when Eliot reveals the depressing source of her neurotic behaviour (happens regularly). And I just don't care when a patient inevitably dies and everyone looks about teary eyed.
is very funny, and can occasionally be meaningful as well. However, the episodes are hampered by its ham-fisted attempts to appeal to me on an emotional level. It is very corny, and because it's so prolific in the series, the drama has no real impact anymore.