'Scrubs': The Return of the Bromantic Comedy

After eight rocky years on NBC, and myriad rumors of its demise, Scrubs is back on TV tonight (now on ABC). Several newbies have joined the show, playing students at the Winston University Medical School, and most of the cast's regulars have returned as instructors. Based on the previews, not much has changed in the irreverent humor department. ("I love kiwis," says new medical student, Lucy (Kerry Bishé). "Actually, that's not true. They're hairy. They look like monkey nuts.") But one theme remains the same: the bromance between J.D. (Zach Braff) and Turk (Donald Faison).

Oh, how these two love each other. After a slow motion, running hug in the first episode, J.D. closes his eyes and tells Turk, "You smell like prison." Neither of these guys is gay; they're just loopy and unashamed about wearing their emotions on their sleeves. Later, we watch the pair, dressed as a cowboy and an Indian, do some "Brazilian" dancing together in a bar. The moment screams Village People, but again, these two are straight--just friends who like to bust some moves on the dance floor. Why should women be the only gender allowed to boogie down to cheesy pop music?

Scrubs doesn't fall neatly into the spectrum of "ha-ha funny" versus "crazy-funny." It has its own thing going on, and the bromance element is a prime example. They're men who shirk the societal norms of maleness. Truth is, women actually are the only gender allowed to openly flaunt their affection for one another, or to act kooky in a club. A bromance--a relationship between straight men who love each other and aren't afraid to show it--throws everything off. J.D. and Turk aren't gay, they're just, well, schoolgirl goofy together.

These days, the term bromance has lost its nuance. Ever since MTV used it as the title of a reality show starring The Hills' Brody Jenner, it's simply come to mean "best friend." It's been thrown around to describe Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; Matthew McConaughey and Lance Armstrong; and Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, among others. Just yesterday, an OK! Magazine report was headlined, 'Tony Romo's and Chace Crawford's Thanksgiving Bromance.'

But I, for one, welcome the return of Turk and J.D. -- a true and proper bromantic relationship. I love them, man.

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What do you think of bromances? Chime in below!

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