Warning! Spoilers ahead!
For the past six years SCRUBS has been one of the best yet underrated series on television. Featuring one of the best ensemble casts on TV, viewers have come to love and laugh with and at JD, Turk, Elliot, Carla, Cox, Kelso, the Janitor, Laverne, Ted, the Todd, and Jordan. Many fans complained that this season the formula of generalized insanity that the show had followed for the previous five years was getting old, that much of the humor had a sense of been there-done that. I will grant that the show did not explore much new ground in Season Six, and that some of the new ground explored was not very successful, but with the show's seventh and final season looming ahead, I also believe that the show could say to its fans, in the world of the immortal Bob Dylan, "You're gonna miss me when I'm gone."
In retrospect, we can now see that SCRUBS debuted on television at a very bad time for TV comedy. My own belief is that situation comedies, which have largely dominated television for the past couple of decades, are perhaps the lowest form of television entertainment (apart from most police procedurals). Once SEINFELD left the air we were left with such mediocrities as FRIENDS and EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND (a title I was never able to understand). Things would get better shortly as non-sitcoms like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT and THE OFFICE would emerge. Interestingly, none of the non-sitcoms would achieve the kind of popularity of sitcoms. Why such a dreadful show such as TWO AND A HALF MEN can become far more popular than such pieces of genius as THE OFFICE, SCRUBS, and 30 ROCK either says something bad about the viewing sophistication of the American public or . . . well, no, I guess it just says something terrible about the American viewing public. This is, after all, a nation that failed to embrace ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, possibly the funniest show American television has ever developed and the only American show that can compete with FAWLTY TOWERS and MONTY PYTHON as the funniest show in the history of TV.
So, if you were a thinking TV viewer (and many of us do exist), SCRUBS was a breath of fresh air in the viewing vacuum created by FRIENDS and RAYMOND. It was funny, outrageous, anarchic, innovative, and brilliantly written and executed. There was no irritating laugh track to interfere with the enjoyment of the show and the humor never felt derivative of other shows.
By Season Six some of the freshness had indeed worn off. Despite its most valiant efforts it had begun to repeat itself. There was a musical episode that was highly touted before the season began, but which I found to be one of the flattest episodes of the season. And there was an utterly baffling episode in which one of the regular characters, Laverne, died after an unexpected auto accident. There didn't seem to be any reason for Laverne's death except to shake things up a bit, but one wonders if it was worth the price. I did enjoy the more or less season-long arc involving the immaculate pregnancy of the doctor JD was somewhat casually dating, played by the marvelous Elizabeth Banks, but it went to some really dark places, first with Banks's character pretending to JD that her pregnancy had miscarried and then with JD flip-flopping when he found out and she asked him to be involved in giving birth and raising the child. It put both characters in a very bad light, made more perplexing in the final shot of the season where JD and Elliot, who herself was on the verge of getting married, while lying on a bed together turn towards each other as if to kiss. Season Seven will begin with the outcome of that little move (series creator Bill Lawrence has stated that he is personally opposed to a resumption of a JD-Elliot relationship, but he conceded he is completely outvoted by the writers).
While I am still definitely enjoying the show, I think the decision to end the series after Season Seven is a good one. I think the show will end with a little bit of gas left in the tank. We'll still enjoy seeing all the members of the staff of Sacred Heart Hospital and we will miss them when they are gone.