‘Scrubs’: Why Turk and J.D.’s Friendship Felt So Real

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Scrubs had a future on community TV and through that run, it had some extremely memorable characters. Two of them had been the present’s lead, J.D., and his greatest friend Turk. They had been two of the funniest characters throughout the present’s run, and their friendship nonetheless stands out today years later as the most effective in TV historical past.

So what made the pairing so efficient? Why is it that Turk and J.D. appeared to get alongside so effortlessly? The reply lies with the 2 actors who portrayed these characters. Here’s why Turk and J.D.’s friendship felt so actual. 

Donald Faison and Zach Braff filing a scene for 'Scrubs'
Donald Faison and Zach Braff movie a scene in Scrubs | Michael Desmond/Walt Disney Television through Getty Images

Who had been the characters of J.D. and Turk on ‘Scrubs?’ 

Scrubs adopted the exploits of John “J.D.” Dorian, a physician at a coaching hospital. While the present was principally a goofy, absurdist comedy, it additionally had loads of coronary heart to it.

It’s laborious to create a medical present with out having together with emotional beats, and Scrubs had loads of them. The present was additionally well-regarded for the interactions and relationships between the characters.

For instance, J.D. had an adversarial, mentor-protege relationship with the conceited Dr. Cox. He had an on-again, off-again romantic storyline with one other physician named Elliot. 

J.D.’s greatest friend on the present was a surgeon on the similar hospital — Turk. The pair traded inside jokes and lots of the present’s storylines centered on their friendship. There’s a cause why the Turk-J.D. friendship was so pure: as a result of it was actual. 

The real-life friendship between the actors who performed Turk and J.D.

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Zach Braff performed J.D. whereas Donald Faison performed Turk. The two have had a number of different movie and TV credit exterior the present, however Scrubs is what they’ve each come to be identified for.

J.D. was the primary character, however it wouldn’t have been almost as efficient with out Turk. Turk was a essential solid member who served as an anchor for the present. Faison and Braff’s chemistry was one of many present’s strongest parts.

According to ScreenRant, Faison and Braff are literally good pals in actual life. The cause the duo has such unmistakable chemistry on digicam is that they’d an ideal relationship exterior the present.

Throughout the present’s run, the 2 had been in shut contact each on-screen and off of it. Fans of the present liked the hijinks each males obtained into, and that enjoyable angle bled over into the lads’s actual lives. 

That friendship continues to today, and it’s led to a different inventive challenge between the 2: a podcast. 

The podcast hosted by Donald Faison and Zach Braff

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Braff and Faison did an interview with GQ UK through which they talked about their friendship. Faison stated that it was very early of their friendship when he knew the 2 had been going to be very tight: 

“I realized we were gonna be best friends after season one, when we rented an apartment in New York together and every night we played ping pong in our underwear.” 

The two at the moment dwell shut to one another in Los Angeles. During the COVID-19 restrictions, they took the chance to launch a challenge collectively: a podcast referred to as Fake Doctors, Real Friends.

In the podcast, each males rewatch episodes of Scrubs and discuss them for followers of the present. They present perception into the present’s manufacturing and supply a wholesome dose of nostalgia for Scrubs superfans. 

Why did their relationship (each skilled and private) work so properly? Faison stated it’s as a result of the 2 are open with one another, calling what they’d and have “the best version of what a bromance is.” He added: 

“The machismo gets thrown out the window and we get to be who we really are. I’m very comfortable with Zach; he’s very comfortable with me. I tell him things I wouldn’t tell my wife.”

It’s no surprise why this pairing led to so many hilarious moments on the present. 

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