It’s easy for a television show to make an audience laugh; that’s been demonstrated innumerable times, as we’ve seen some pretty horrible sitcoms maintain long television runs due to their ability to generate cheap laughs (we’re looking at you, Two and a Half Men). However, it’s far more difficult for a television show (and specifically a sitcom) to make audiences laugh while also making them care, intimately so, about the characters they see on screen. It’s in this way that Scrubs, the medical sitcom that ran from 2001 to 2009 (not including the abhorred attempted spinoff that tacked on to the end of the series), separates itself from much of the trash that currently populates the television airwaves. Scrubs, which did a wonderful job of crafting lovable characters in a genuinely challenging profession and giving them real, human conflicts to overcome, also gave viewers some hilarious jokes to sink their teeth into. Today, we’re looking at the 10 greatest episodes of Scrubs that’ll having you laughing and caring in equal measure.
10. “My Jiggly Ball” (Season 5, Episode 4)
The central protagonist of Scrubs, Dr. John Dorian (known most often as J.D.) is undoubtedly a character filled with flaws, foibles and idiosyncrasies; these are what make him a relatable and human character, despite the fact that he’s odd, insecure and increasingly self-destructive (but you know, in a funny way). It’s his pride that takes center stage in the classic Scrubs episode “My Jiggly Ball,” where he refuses to admit his lack of knowledge regarding a fictional game, Jiggly Ball. Taunted mercilessly by the Janitor, J.D. goes on a quest to discover the rules of Jiggly Ball so as to appear educated on the intricacies of the hospital’s recreational activities. But misfortune befalls him when he discovers the Janitor made up the game to prove just how proud J.D. really is.