8. Scrubs first season was seen by an average of 11 million viewers, then topped out in its second season at around 15 million viewers (which would make it more popular than Modern Family today). Thanks to terrible marketing by NBC, and its insistence on shuffling the series around their schedule, Scrubs eventually fell to 5 million viewers in its true final season, and 3.8 million viewers in Scrubs 2.0, although even Scrubs 2.0 would fare as well as most of NBC’s Thursday night sitcoms now.
9. So many of Neil Flynn’s lines as The Janitor were ad libbed throughout the series that, at one point, a fourth season script reportedly actually said, “(Whatever Neil says).” The Janitor actually was originally only written as a gag character for the pilot episode, but Flynn was so good, they kept him around for the entire series. One of my very favorite inside jokes in the series is how Bill Lawrence took advantage of the fact that Neil Flynn actually had a bit part in The Fugitive.
10. The Janitor’s real name, by the way? Glenn Matthews. He revealed it in The Finale, but because The Janitor is known for lying, many didn’t believe him. Bill Lawrence, however, confirmed it in this video on Facebook (at 1.55). It is a nod to Glenn the Janitor in Lawrence’s Clone High.
11. One last thing about The Janitor. When they upped him into a recurring character in the first season, the Janitor was only allowed to speak to J.D. That’s because Bill Lawrence was so sure that the show would be cancelled after one season that he wanted to keep a joke in his back pocket for the series finale: He had planned to reveal that The Janitor was a figment of J.D.’s imagination. The Janitor didn’t get to interact with other characters on the show until the second season.
12. Michael Muhney — best known as Sheriff Lamb in Veronica Mars — screen tested for the role of J.D. twice, and was the initial frontrunner for the role. However, Lawerence eventually went a different way, because Muhney wasn’t quirky enough for the role.
13. John C. McGinley was in Oliver Stone’s 1986 movie, Platoon, where he could be frequently heard saying a phrase that he would repeat many times throughout Scrubs‘ run: “What do you say there, Bob?”
14. John Ritter, who played J.D.’s father on the show, was killed off on Scrubs after Ritter died in real life. Ritter’s final line on Scrubs was improvised. He asked J.D. to pull his finger, and then responded, “I pooed a little.” Zach Braff had to bite the inside of his cheeks to keep from laughing, as anyone would if John Ritter ad-libbed the line “I pooed a little” in front of them.
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