‘Scrubs’ Fans Were Thrilled to Learn That J.D. and Turk Are Best Bros in Real Life — ‘I’ve Never Felt Such Chemistry’

In the history of television romances, there are a few classic pairings that stand out more than others. Ross and Rachel, Lucy and Ricky, Homer and Marge, Edith and Archie… and of course, the sweetest love of all, J.D. and Turk on Scrubs.

The two best friend medical students may have had a platonic relationship. But that doesn’t make their love any less real — or less admirable. Fans of the hit NBC comedy-drama couldn’t get enough of Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian (Zach Braff) and Dr. Chris Turk (Donald Faison) and their epic bromance.

The sweetest thing of all? These two television besties are close friends in real life, too.

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J.D. and Turk’s bromance made ‘Scrubs’ a joy to watch

From their adorable nicknames for each other to the way they once teamed up to become the world’s tallest doctor, the most admirable thing about Turk and J.D.’s friendship is that it was always based on mutual respect with a huge dose of humor.

Even as these two were going through the difficult time of medical residency, they always had each other’s backs and kept on supporting each other in big and small ways. Even if J.D. disagreed with Turk, or when they got in fights, they always made up because deep down they loved each other.

And it gets better. Braff and Faison took their onscreen bromance to the next level by becoming friends in real life.

Zach Braff and Donald Faison
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Braff and Faison have both on-screen and off-screen chemistry

Not everyone who plays best friends on TV really feels that way in real life — after all, actors are paid to pretend for a living. However, the friendship you see between J.D. and Turk on Scrubs probably feels so real because it truly is.

“He is my best friend, yes,” Faison said during an interview with Fuse. “When Scrubs was over, we remained best friends. I loved working with Zach; it’s easy. He’s a great director, too. He’s an actor’s director. He’s an actor, so because of that, his communication with other actors is amazing.”

Zach Braff and Donald Faison
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Faison knew instantly it would be a good working relationship

Meeting new people can be awkward, especially when you have to work together. But according to Faison, things between him and Braff clicked immediately.

“As soon as I met Zach, I knew…You know when you meet your significant other, if it’s a real relationship, you kinda felt it right away?” Faison continued. “I’ve never felt such chemistry.”

Their Scrubs co-star Sarah Chalke agreed, saying: “It was love at first sight.”

They didn’t have a typical male friendship

Zach Braff and Donald Faison
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And it helped that their characters weren’t portrayed in a typical way, especially compared to other shows. Instead of taking a stereotypical approach, the writers made J.D. very affectionate and loving toward his friend, always willing to give him hugs or voice his feelings rather than hiding them. But then again, J.D. was always the type of person unafraid to admit how much he loved appletinis.

Scrubs has been lauded for portraying medical residency in a very realistic way. And even though J.D. and Turk’s bromance might not come around every day, it’s nice to know it’s just one more real thing about Scrubs.