July 20, 2013 at 12:07 pm #288082
I don’t know if you can really call a show that got two series nominations that underrated, but I’m gonna do it anyway. Scrubs is one of my all time favorite shows, and I have yet to see a show that can balance really clever humor, slapstick comedy, and heartbreaking drama as well as that show. Other shows have handled the bridge of comedy and drama (my other favorite the office) but not to the two extremes that Scrubs did.
It did get a couple of shots with a series nomination but it really should have gotten more attention and probably even a win. They deserved way more than the one writing nomination they got and if it was up to me that cast would have dominated the acting categories like Modern Family, instead of the one sole nomination for Zach Braff. The whole cast was great but really the most under-appreciated and deserving were Sarah Chalke and John C. McGinley. They could both work a hilarious monologue like no one else and they had down physical comedy to a tee. But they could also handle the dramatic moments incredibly, but then again so could the entire cast (Judy Reyes in My Long Goodbye is the only time I’ve ever cried from a TV show). Honestly I could probably pick a winning tape from any season for any one of the cast members on that show
SO maybe I just want confirmation that other people feel the same way but I think this show should have been a force to be reckoned with at the emmys. Thoughts?July 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm #288084
I don’t get how “My Musical” and “My Screwup” never won anything. Scrubs has so much heart in it, and it’s such a feel-good type of show. It’s not nearly as underrated as some shows, but it should’ve got more recognition.July 20, 2013 at 1:36 pm #288085
I like Scrubs but never saw anything particularly Emmy worthy saying that, I think Sarah should have won for the 2nd season.July 22, 2013 at 3:56 pm #288086
I thought John C. McGinley would be nominated in 2002 or 2003 because of the intense praise he recieved from all over! Then Braff got famous and Scrubs broke through a little but not much.July 22, 2013 at 6:51 pm #288087
Scrubs was criminally underrated in my opinion. Even by myself, as I often forget just how much I loved it.July 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm #288088
Definitely the most wrongly Emmy abused comedy post 2000 (unless you count Gilmore girls). John C. McGinley being consistently overlooked might be the most odd and egregious continuous snub ever. That character seems like a precursor to a lot of supporting comedy performances that have since been nominated. I guess the show was too focus on youth, too geeky and never quite a big enough hit, which is a combination that has held back Community and now New Girl.July 23, 2013 at 7:27 am #288089
A lot of deserving shows have been ignored by Emmys, and it sure seems weird that in 2006 it got nominated for Comedy Series and nothing else, but it’s also a bit understandable. I think the Emmys were left with a big void after certain shows ended and then Scrubs was there available as filler. Which was too bad because at that point it probably deserved to be filler as its real outstanding years were already behind the show, back when it never got fully recognized.
With strong competition from Sex and the City, Raymond, Will & Grace, Friends, 30 Rock, The Office and others, it’s really no wonder it didn’t get much. And there was also strong inside competition within the network for attention. NBC had a lot of shows to deal with that were clearly bigger favorites than Scrubs ever was, so there’s that.
But what will never be understandable AT ALL is how John C McGinley never got a single nomination. Every year a thread about snubs comes up and I can never say it enough, this is a character tailor made for Supporting Actor at the Emmys. And it was a strong enough performance to go up against the likes of Garrett, Boyle, Hayes, Pierce, Piven, Cranston and many others that did get the nominations and wins. Same goes for Sarah Chalke who could’ve been nominated/won against many of the ladies nominated. And this was not a one year situation, this was deserved for several years.
My biggest issues are those two actors, because the show still got Comedy Series nominations twice, it got nominated for three of their most outstanding episodes in writing or directing, the musical got five nominations and its deserving Lead Actor at least got recognized once. How many nominations did The Wire get? Happy Endings? Community? Gilmore Girls? Enlightened?July 23, 2013 at 7:37 am #288090
I consider Scrubs a greater abused comedy than Community, Happy Endings and Enlightened, because it lasted longer, deserved a series nod for most of its seasons, had the best comedy ensemble for a good deal of its run, was substantially better than a lot of what was being nominated instead, had some Emmy appeal and was regularly pushed by NBC on voters. John C McGinley is right up there with Lauren Graham and John Noble as the best post 2000 TV performances that never got an Emmy nod. But McGinley stands out because his show was on a major network, it received a few big nominations, had decent enough ratings a good deal of its run, and he was pushed by the critics and media for years.
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