The sixth season of Scrubs will go down as a lot of things in the minds of fans. The season when it all came together. The season where it jumped the shark. Perhaps even the last complete season if the writer’s don’t receive their demands. But just like every season before it, and hopefully the season after it, season 6 has its share of gut busting and tear jerking moments.

It’s the season when JD is turned into a flag and passes out when he poos. But it’s also the season when Turk and Carla’s baby is born, when Eliot moves onto private practice, and a beloved character dies. The show had to evolve, so the tone is decidedly more dramatic than in season’s past.

And perhaps that’s where the series takes a wrong turn for fans that have stuck around since the beginning. In a lot of ways, though, this season feels a lot like the first – the situations are more dramatic than madcap, and the characters are taking the next big steps in their lives that come after taking their Hippocratic Oath. Of course, it’s difficult to be funny when dealing with abortion, postpartum depression, and prenatal surgery alongside the usual parade of patient maladies. But instead of remaining subdued like season 1, the show zanily swings the pendulum too far in the other direction from time to time to compensate. The results are JD’s conscience being a gym-suited bunny and the overly-hyped, ultimately-flopped Musical Episode.

As far as DVDs go, this one’s just as standard as it can be – following the prescribed formula made so effective by all other sitcom collections before it. Of course, there are the episodes and the satisfaction that comes with commercial-free viewings. In our culture of instant gratification, nothing is sweeter than the nanosecond of black screen where commercials used to be.

The real gem of this DVD is the audio commentary – a shared duty between the stars, some of the creators, and, of course, the Janitor. For the most part, it seems like DVD collections of TV shows are a great way to kill an afternoon or get updated, but with hilarious commentary on almost all the episodes, it becomes another way to laugh and get to know the people behind the series. Neil Flynn is worth the sticker price alone.

Beyond that, the DVD has a featurette on the making of the aforementioned musical episode that’s fairly entertaining, and a segment on some of the secondary and tertiary characters, further fulfilling Bill Lawrence’s commitment to making a live-action Simpsons.

For the money, it’s worth it, especially if you’re a fan. The main question is whether you’ll want to relive this particular season. There were definitely a few lackluster moments (including a clip show. Seriously, a clip show), but they are mostly overshadowed by the brilliant ones. For all the complaining I’ve done myself about this season, I found myself laughing out loud through most of the episodes and tearing up (in that really buff, manly way) during the more emotionally driven moments. The show has come a long way, and the creative forces behind it should be commended. Besides, there’s bound to be a rainy day soon that will make you want to stay home, grab a Bit-O-Honey, and select “Play All”.

Grade: B-

Release Date: October 30, 2007
Rated: Not Rated
Running Time: 522 minutes
Number of Discs: 3
Cast: Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Neil Flynn, John C. McGinley, Donald Faison
Studio: NBC Universal

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