The first show Bill Lawrence created was Spin City, which he co-created with Gary David Goldberg. The show was very much a meeting of their two sensibilities. Following Spin City’s success, he created Scrubs on his own. What became more clear as the show went on, though, is that there was another creative force contributing mightily to the show. Guess whose? Zach Braff’s. Don’t guess, now you know.
Zach Braff is known pretty well for the Garden State soundtrack, and for the 104-minute video he made to accompany the soundtrack. The dude loves really delicate emotional songs. And guess what song he loved, and suggested to Bill Lawrence be the theme song for Scrubs? That’s right: Superman, by Lazlo Bane. Zach Braff also directed the music video for this song:
The other piece of the story is that Scrubs never got particularly good ratings on NBC, despite being basically pretty consistently decent throughout its run (with some exceptions, of course). Anyway, Following the show’s abortive seventh season on NBC (the planned run was seven full seasons, but the writers’ strike and his studio being pretty dickish created a problem), it moved to ABC for its eighth and ninth/final seasons. The ninth included a new young cast and a cover of the theme song by WAZ. Nothing too new, though:
There was potential here, but the ninth season was its last, ending the series in a weird place. Luckily, we’re ending our story on a more fun note. One of the actors on the show, Sam Lloyd, is in an actual a cappella group (The Blanks) which made appearances on the show as Lloyd’s character’s (Ted’s) a cappella group The Worthless Peons. They covered Superman, and their cover appeared over the end credits/blooper reel of the eighth season finale:
(Two things to watch for: Neil Flynn’s eternal genius, and Zach Braff being super emotional)