Fake Doctors, Real Friends: the podcast that keeps me afloat through COVID-19
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.
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 to help their audience stay afloat emotionally during the worst pandemic in modern history.
Twice a week, Zach and Donald commit their talents, humor, goodness, camaraderie, authenticity, and compassion to help us make it through. They draw in their former costars, writers, creator Bill Lawrence (Stop Hug), and members of the audience to participate in this wonderful, beautiful virtual Scrubs reunion. Every episode is a joy.
Like the original show, the Fake Doctors, Real Friends podcast is chock full quotable quotes, hilarity, and moments you’ll want to rewind to hear again and again. From Donald Faison’s ear-splitting “Oprah” introductions to the earworm of a theme song, this podcast has it all.
Sometimes Zach and Donald get so involved in their own conversations they forget to discuss the episode they’re supposed to be discussing. They’re irreverent. They cuss sometimes. They break into song. They have technical difficulties. They get distracted and go on tangents about Star Wars and musical theatre. But you love them so much, you don’t care.
The magic between Zach Braff and Donald Faison has never been stronger, and we’re all better for it.
Laughter really is the best medicine.
Check out the podcast here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-fake-doctors-real-friends-60367049/
Esther Hofknecht Curtis is an independent writer, blogger, artist, and podcast enthusiast. She can be reached at email@example.com or via her blog, The Ardent Reader, at www.theardentreader.blogspot.com.