I really wish that I had gotten into this show years ago. I didn't even see an episode until I bought this set, which came out just after the end of the fourth season. Yes, I try not to do "blind buys", but this set came very highly reccomended, and I really enjoy the other material by Zach Braff and Bill Lawrence.
The show centers around Dr. John "J.D." Dorian (Braff), a medical intern at Sacred Heart Hospital, which is probably one of the craziest hospitals on Earth. Along with his best friend Chris Turk (Donald Faison), a surgical intern, and Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke), another medical intern, J.D. tries to make it through the days while having to deal with bizarre patients, nasty superiors, and an insane janitor (Neil Flynn) who can't seem to leave J.D. alone.
Other cast-members include Nurse Carla Espinosa (Judy Reyes), who begins a relationship with Turk, Todd Quinlan (Robert Maschio), another surgical intern who becomes a friend of Turk's, and Ted the Lawyer (Sam Lloyd), a pathetic man who is constantly afraid of malpractice suits. Then there are the doctors. Dr. Perry Cox (John C. McGinley) is a self-hating cynic who, while appearing to be mean to J.D. and the other interns, really only wants them to succeed, and all of his criticism is (fairly) constructive. On the other hand is the evil Dr. Bob Kelso (Ken Jenkins). Kelso is a man who cares more about the money than the patients (as opposed to Cox, who hates the fact that medicine is now a "business"), and he looks for things that the interns do to criticize.
This show has a very wacky kind of humor; utilizing sound effects, cutaways, and metaphors for jokes, almost anything is fair game. It may take a few minutes to get used to, but this is definitely one of the funniest shows that I've ever seen. The show makes good use of metaphors; sometimes when a character is speaking metaphorically, we see a cutaway scene showing the metaphor literally (like when J.D. compared the hospital to high school- medical interns are the geeks, surgical interns are the jocks, and nurses are the cheerleaders). Other times, when a character is speaking literally, we see a metaphorical cut scene.
When I first heard about this show, I was unsure as to how the writers could successfully pull off a comedic medical show. I mean, there is a lot to make fun of, but things can easily be carried too far, especially when dealing with death. Fortunately, the writers and actors know when to switch from being comedic to being dramatic, and it gives the show a sense of dignity that many other shows do not have.
In the extras department, we get some pretty good stuff. Deleted scenes that are actually funny (I like the one involving two patients who are mentally insane, and believe themselves to be Jesus and Satan), good outtakes, alternate line readings, and audio commentaries.
In conclusion, this is a great boxed set. It is a definite must-own for Scrubs fans, and is worth checking out for someone who's never seen the show.