Abortion. Euthanasia. Stem cells.
These are famous examples of some of medicine's oldest and greatest debates. There is no shortage of passionate people on each side arguing their position, and unfortunately there will likely never be a solution that satisfies both sides.
The times are changing, however, and a new debate is emerging, one that involves medical TV shows. Yes I'm speaking of Scrubs and Grey's Anatomy, both of which have huge and loyal followings. Is it Scrubs, the quirky single-camera show about the life of three residents and a nurse, or is it Grey's Anatomy, the new medical drama about a group of surgical interns?
Never fear, Axis is here to help settle this debate. I will attempt to evaluate this dilemma by using several objective criteria to answer modern medicine's ultimate question once and for all.
Let's start with the easy one. The medicine that takes place on Scrubs is nearly dead-on. Internists diagnose and surgeons operate. Classic stereotypes are explained (e.g. surgeons as knife-wielding morons, ob/gyn's as sorority girls, etc.), inside secrets about medicine are revealed, and the emotional aspects of medicine are well conveyed . On the other hand, in Grey's Anatomy surgeons deliver babies and neurosurgeons do abdominal procedures. Most interestingly, the interns have hours of free time on their hands. Point goes to: Scrubs
Elliot and Carla on Scrubs are both fairly attractive and well-fed. On Grey's, while Katherine Heigl is hot (albeit whiny), Ellen Pompeo is so skinny she looks like an ashen grey skeleton ... and Sandra Oh looks like a catcher's mitt with eyes. Point: Scrubs
You can't beat Dr. Cox: who else can turn a word with two syllables into six? Who can come up with a new girls name every 10 minutes? In fairness, Dr. McDreamy is unusually popular, both on- and off-screen. Point: tie
Chiefs of Service
This is a tough one. On Scrubs, Dr. Kelso is a scowling money-driven Chief of Medicine who makes everyone's life miserable (especially for Ted, that poor attorney). On Grey's, the chief is Dr. Webber, a big guy who simply plays a generic "stern black man". Point: tie
Scrubs is overflowing with quirky humor (my personal favorite) while Grey's has none (quirky or otherwise). Point: Scrubs
But what Grey's lacks in humor, it more than makes up in drama. Grey's Anatomy is not so much a medical TV show but rather a soap opera that happens to take place in a hospital. Medicine is occasionally practiced, but only if an intern can hook up with an attending in the process. The winner here is clear-cut. Point: Grey's Anatomy.
Characters in Scrubs progress nicely each year, from intern to junior resident to senior resident, etc. In Grey's, the characters apparently are so dumb that they are still interns after three years. Point: Scrubs
And the winner is: Scrubs.
There you have it peoples, objective proof that you may safely avoid watching TV on Wednesday nights. Anyway, it's time to watch Scrubs ... seeing how it's the better show.