I'm no Superman
Ever since TVs have become a staple in American households, we’ve had shows about hospitals.
In fact, medical dramas are popular across the world, evidently for the relatable and undoubtedly-emotional scenarios that take place there. As viewers, we associate hospitals with life and death, loss and gain; some of our most human moments play out in hospitals. Naturally, they’re popular settings for fiction.
Though we may typically associate this genre with dramatic shows like General Hospital, ER, or Grey’s Anatomy, we can’t forget that comedies can take place inside hospitals as well.
On October 2, 2001, Scrubs aired for the first time. It was the breakout role for Zach Braff, who’s endearing lead role would lead the quirky, humorous, and often sentimental show to nearly 20 Emmy nominations and two wins, not to mention dozens of other nominations and wins.
If you loved the ridiculous antics of J.D., the Janitor, Turk, and the rest of the cast, do you ever wonder what they’re all up to now? Let’s just say 15 years makes a big difference!
Though he had appeared in shows like The Babysitters Club and movies like Woody Allen’s Manhattan Murder Mystery, Scrubs was the project that would truly launch Zach Braff’s career.
Since then, Braff wrote, directed, and starred in his 2004 film Garden State. He also directed and starred in Wish I Was Here in 2014, a movie he financed completely thanks to donations from Kickstarter.
Aside from acting and directing, Zach has a passion for music. His “mixtape” soundtrack for Garden State won the Grammy for Best Compilation Soundtrack, and he has also directed several music videos.
Canadian-American actress Sarah Chalke began acting at age eight, and she got her first big breakthrough in 1993 when she took over the role of Becky Conner on Rosanne after actress Lecy Goranson left the show after five seasons.
Following Scrubs, Chalke has appeared in movies such as 2016’s Mother’s Day, as well as TV shows such as SNL, Grey’s Anatomy, Angie Tribeca and Cougar Town. She is also a popular voice actress, and has lent her talent to Rick and Morty since 2013.
Chalke is also a dedicated activist and is especially passionate about breast cancer awareness and research as well as children’s health and well-being.
Well before Scrubs, actor Donald Faison was already well known thanks to his supporting role in the 1995 hit film Clueless and its TV spinoff. He had also been in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Sister, Sister, and Felicity. He was also in popular films like Can’t Hardly Wait and Remember the Titans.
Post Scrubs, Faison has appeared on numerous TV shows both in person and as a voice actor, including SNL, Adventuretime, and Robot Chicken. He’s led an active film career in movies like Pitch Perfect, Kick-Ass 2, and Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here.
Faison produced an infamous episode of Punk’d in 2005 where Zach Braff got punk’d and punched an actor who “vandalized” his car. He remains close to Braff, and his second wedding in 2012 took place at Zach’s house.