Scrubs Cast: Where Are They Now?
It's hard to believe that it's been 6 years since the end of Scrubs! The NBC comedy was known for its quick-witted dialogue, hilarious plot lines, heartfelt moments, celebrity cameos, and of course, its brilliant main cast.
The show gained millions of fans over its nearly 10-year run (from 2001 to 2010), with many of us still reliving the best moments by re-watching the series or checking out fan-made videos on YouTube.
But what happened to our favourite cast members, and what are they up to now?
It'd be hard to image Scrubs without its quirky narrator and main character, Dr. John "J.D." Dorian. Zach Braff played J.D. for eight seasons on Scrubs, and returned for six episodes during the show's ninth and final season.
Since Scrubs, Braff has focused more on the silver screen; starring in, writing and directing several movies. While still acting in Scrubs, Braff wrote, directed, and starred in the popular indie flick, "Garden State" (2004). In 2014, ten years after the release of Garden State, Braff started a kickstarter campaign to support his movie, "Wish I Was Here", which he also wrote, directed and starred in. In 2014, Braff also made his Broadway debut in the Woody Allen music, "Bullets Over Broadway: The Musical."
Braff is currently directing a heist comedy, titled, "Going in Style," which will star Morgan Freeman and Michael Caine. The film is set to be released in early 2017.
Did You Know?
Actor Michael Muhney (Veronica Mars) almost got the part of J.D., but the the producers didn't think he was quirky enough for the role.
If Friends had Ross and Rachel, Scrubs' equivalent was Elliot and JD. Their "will-they-or-won't-they" relationships spanned almost the entire series' run, but of course, they ended up having a picture-perfect happily ever after in the end.
Since playing Dr. Elliot Reed, Sarah Chalke has kept busy by acting in both TV shows and films. Between 2008 and 2014, she starred in "How I Met Your Mother", as one of Ted's love interests, Stella. She also had roles on "Cougar Town", "Mad Love", and "How to Live with Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)", the latter of which she played a starring role, but the show was unfortunately cancelled after one season. In 2016, Chalke had a lead role in Garry Marshall's romantic comedy, Mother's Day, alongside an ensemble cast, which included Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson. She is currently the voice of Beth on Adult Swim's animated comedy, "Rick and Morty."
Chalke also has two young children with her long-term partner, lawyer, Jamie Afifi. Their son, Charlie, was born in 2009, and they welcomed their daughter, Frankie, in Spring of 2016.
Donald Faison starred for nine seasons as J.D.'s colleague and lifelong best friend, Dr. Christopher Turk. The two actors had such a great chemistry on the show that some fans "shipped" them more than their significant others. It's just guy love, between two guys...
Since leaving Scrubs, Faison has done a bit of acting both on TV and film. He played the main character in TV Land's comedy, "The Exes" between 2011-2015. He also did voice acting for Adult Swim's "Robot Chicken" from 2005-2014 and hosted a hidden camera show, "Who Gets The Last Laugh?" in 2013. He had a cameo in Pitch Perfect (2012), acted in Kick-Ass 2 (2013) and also had a role in Zach Braff's 2014 film, Wish I Was Here. Faison is currently the host of the Game Show Network's show, "Winsanity."
In 2012, Faison wed long-time girlfriend, CaCee Cobb (whom is coincidentally best friends, and a former personal assistant to singer, Jessica Simpson). The couple have two children together, and Faison has four other children from a previous relationships.
Did You Know?
Donald Faison and Zach Braff don't just play best friends on Scrubs; they're also best friends in real life! The two actors frequently hang out together, post videos together, and Braff was a groomsman at Faison's 2012 wedding.
John C. McGinley
John C. McGinley had an established acting career long before his role as Dr. Perry Cox on Scrubs (he began acting in 1985), but Dr. Cox is probably his most well-known and beloved role. His scene-stealing performances as J.D.'s superior and mentor, lead to him being one of the fan favourites of the show.
Since Scrubs' end, McGinley has acted in a handful of roles, including the 2012 crime thriller, Alex Cross, the baseball film, 42 (2013), and had a recurring role on the TV series, "Burn Notice" in 2012. From 2013 to 2015, McGinley had a starring role in the comedy series, "Ground Floor", which was produced by Bill Lawrence, who was also the creator of Scrubs. McGinley is currently filming two upcoming movies, The Good Catholic and Rounding Third, both of which are set to be released in 2017.
McGinley is married and has three children.
Did You Know?
Dr. Cox's running gag of calling J.D. by a girl's name is actually something McGinley does in real life with his lifelong friend and fellow actor, John Cusack.
Who can forget Carla Espinosa, Turk's sassy Dominican girlfriend and Sacred Heart's favourite nurse? Judy Reyes played the role of Carla for eight seasons, and quickly moved up from a supporting cast member to a main role after the first season.
Since leaving Scrubs (she was the only main character not to appear in Season 9), Reyes has made a handful of guest appearances on TV shows, including "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit", "Happily Divorced", "Jane the Virigin", "iZombie" and "Fresh Off the Boat", "Devious Maids." She currently can be seen on the TNT crime-drama, "Claws."
Reyes gave birth to a daughter in 2009.
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What would Scrubs be without its chief of medicine, Dr. Bob Kelso? Ken Jenkins added a lot of personality to the role, and I'm sure none of us could imagine anyone else playing the role as hilariously as he did. Since Scrubs, he's had roles in "Cougar Town" (another show by Scrubs creator, Bill Lawrence), and most recently acted in an HBO political drama All The Way (2016).
Another unforgettable character- and indisputable fan-favourite- was the Janitor, played expertly by Neil Flynn. Flynn often improvised the majority of his lines on Scrubs, and was known for not following script, which makes his characters off-cuff remarks even funnier, in hindsight. Since Scrubs' end, Flynn has kept busy starring in the ABC comedy, "The Middle."
Sam Lloyd played hapless lawyer, Ted, for eight seasons before moving on. Since then, he's been performing with his band The Blanks (seen on many episodes of Scrubs under the name, "The Worthless Peons"), and had a few guest appearances on "Cougar Town", "The Middle", "Modern Family" and "Shameless."
We were all sad when the nurse, Laverne, died in season six- but happy again, when Aloma Wright returned for season seven as Nurse Shirley. Since Scrubs' end, Wright has had roles on "Private Practice" and "Suits."
Christa Miller played the role of Dr. Cox's ex-wife (and mother to his two children), Jordan Miller. In real life, Miller is married to the series' creator, Bill Lawrence, and has since gone on to star in his other sitcom, "Cougar Town."
And speaking of which- if you're a fan of Cougar Town- you may have noticed a familiar face when Robert Maschio (Dr. Todd on Scrubs) had a small cameo as his Scrubs character in Season Five. Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Ken Jenkins, and Sam Lloyd also made cameo appearances in the same episode.
Fans of Scrubs have been begging for a reunion for years. There was the aforementioned mini-reunion on Bill Lawrence's "Cougar Town", and five of the cast mates (Braff, Faison, Miller, Flynn, and Scott Foley, who played Elliot's boyfriend on Scrubs) actually reunited in 2015 for another mini-reunion on Lawrence's other show, "Undateable."
But will there ever be a proper reunion of our favourite Sacred Heart staff members? It's pretty unlikely, considering most of the cast has moved on to other things, and especially when you consider the show's "finale" in Season 8, which tied up quite a few loose ends for our main cast.
Still, wouldn't it be good to see J.D. and Turk again? How are things going for their respective families? Is Carla enjoying being a stay-at-home mom? Have Elliot and J.D. had any more children together, and how are they enjoying married life? What happened to Dr. Cox, Dr. Kelso, and the Janitor?
Would you be interested in watching a Scrubs reunion season or one-off show? Let me know in the comments!
"Fake Doctors, Real Friends" Podcast
As of April 1st 2020, Zach Braff and Donald Faison have hosted their own podcast, "Fake Doctors, Real Friends" where they recap each episode of Scrubs! The podcast has been a huge treat for the fans, as Zach and Donald recount their personal thoughts and feelings on the episodes they starred in, as well special guest appearances from their co-stars like Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, and the show's creator, Bill Lawrence.
You can listen to "Fake Doctors, Real Friends" on IHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts (Apple Podcasts, Spotify, ACast, etc.).
In my opinion, one of the best TV show finales ever...
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Questions & Answers
Was Turk's second baby a boy?
Apparently he had a little girl- this was implied during season 9!Helpful 2
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