Fake Doctors, Real Friends: the podcast that keeps me afloat through COVID-19

Artsy Fartsy Parrot Mama
3 min readAug 12, 2020

I tell everyone about this podcast. And I also tell them that Donald Faison and Zach Braff are my heroes.

I was never a huge fan of Scrubs. Still, I caught the occasional episode, and I was delighted by the JD/Turk “bromance.” Their friendship and banter (scripted or improv) always made me smile. Zach and Donald were the perfect actors to play these roles. I remember thinking, Real men should be like these guys… not afraid to love each other. And the show had great music. But before I could really get hooked, it was off the air.

“Whatcha tryna get into, Adeosun?”

But JD, Turk, Carla, Elliot, Dr. Cox, Dr. Kelso, Ted the lawyer, Laverne, the Todd… they made an impression. And who could forget the janitor?

When I found the Fake Doctors, Real Friends podcast, the pair had only done three episodes. I caught up quickly. In the first podcast episode, Donald and Zach explain what they set out to do: watch each Scrubs episode and discuss the episode with their audience. They promised to include special guests and try to keep their audience laughing through the quarantine and pandemic.

Scrubs has been hailed by the American Hospital Association as one of the most realistic medical TV shows of all time. Donald, Zach, and their co-stars were immersed in the field of medicine — in a real [albeit defunct] hospital, no less — for nine years. They had to learn from actual doctors serving as consultants on the show — including the real JD — to become believable medical professionals.

You can’t be surrounded by all of that experience for nine years without picking up genuine medical knowledge and a solid sense of compassion for your fellow human beings. It rubs off.

So, true to their training, Zach Braff (JD) and Donald Faison (Turk) saw a need, and realized they could do something to help: entertain people. They signed on with iHeartRadio, hired a team of top professionals, and set out…

Artsy Fartsy Parrot Mama

Book nerd and freelance writer finding gold in ordinary places. And I always follow back.