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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 111 Ratings

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  • Summary: Based on the 2013 South Korean series of the name, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who begins working at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital with the support of his mentor Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) in this medical drama from DavidBased on the 2013 South Korean series of the name, Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a surgeon with autism and savant syndrome who begins working at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital with the support of his mentor Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) in this medical drama from David Shore and Daniel Dae Kim. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 20, 2017
    83
    Highmore plays his lead role to near-perfection amid all the considerable medical jargon and jockeying for position among his supposedly more enlightened colleagues. The Good Doctor engagingly drops Dr. Shaun in their midst as both a lamb and a lion with a muted roar. The story possibilities are readily apparent on a number of fronts in the best broadcast network medical drama since Hugh Laurie contrastingly bruised his way through House.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Sep 22, 2017
    75
    It’s emotion that moves the story forward. Highmore’s face and attitude. Schiff’s faith and moral weight. Thomas’ curiosity-generosity. That sets it apart from “House.”
  3. Reviewed by: Alex McLevy
    Sep 25, 2017
    67
    Shore has established the boilerplate world, and thanks to his leads, it has potential to evolve. But this first episode leans hard into the sudsy pontificating; hopefully, it’s just opening-night jitters for a show featuring a person with a condition rarely showcased on TV outside of A Very Special Episode.
  4. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Sep 22, 2017
    50
    The Good Doctor struggles to balance its tone. In an effort to prevent Shaun from being the butt of its jokes Good Doctor leans too far in the other direction, venturing into mawkishness. ... But still, there are the seeds of a engaging procedural in the pilot.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 25, 2017
    50
    Shaun improvising surgical procedures with whatever he can find on a TSA conveyer belt, or flashbacks to Shaun’s very difficult childhood, are effective, and promise a solid, if familiar, show to come. But boy oh boy do the scenes where his colleagues debate Shaun’s fitness for the job labor, while also feeling like artifacts from around when Big Bang Theory debuted, if not earlier.
  6. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 22, 2017
    50
    The Good Doctor is shameless in its emotional manipulation, going so far as to include a dead bunny at one point. We may want to resist having our heartstrings pulled, but regardless of how hokey the series is, get out your handkerchiefs and call me in the morning.
  7. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Sep 21, 2017
    20
    For a show that wants us to respect Shaun’s intelligence, The Good Doctor lacks any respect for viewer intelligence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 24
  2. Negative: 3 out of 24
  1. Nov 6, 2017
    10
    This show is why I turn on my TV on Mondays. The concept and acting are terrific and intelligent, and the casting is perfect. It's simplyThis show is why I turn on my TV on Mondays. The concept and acting are terrific and intelligent, and the casting is perfect. It's simply the best of the best. What more is there to say? Expand
  2. Nov 11, 2017
    10
    wonderful, marvelous, emotional, fresh with a great actors. just love it and wait every week with impatience to see a new episode.
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    wonderful, marvelous, emotional, fresh with a great actors. just love it and wait every week with impatience to see a new episode.
    You feel an immediate empathy for the main character, and it is really interesting to see his development.
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  3. Oct 5, 2017
    10
    what a wonderful show, with such a GREAT story. David Shore has always been my favorite TV Show Creator, from House, to this, he is trulywhat a wonderful show, with such a GREAT story. David Shore has always been my favorite TV Show Creator, from House, to this, he is truly AMAZING! Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel/August Rush/ Charlie And The Chocolate Factory) plays the role of Shaun to a "T". Freddie Highmore, not only deserves to have the show Renewed for 2 additional seasons, but, an Emmy-Award WIN for his outstanding acting in a lead role! also, Hill Harper, is absolutely stunning, and he has come a long way since his Limitless role. overall, GREAT Show, and GREAT Monday night choice. Expand
  4. Oct 10, 2017
    8
    So far so good, bit cheesy & disjointed sure, but a good house-ish medical show just the same. Not having experience with anyone "on theSo far so good, bit cheesy & disjointed sure, but a good house-ish medical show just the same. Not having experience with anyone "on the spectrum" can't say how accurate or realistic this portrayal of an autistic doctor is, but the show's fun to watch. Expand
  5. Feb 13, 2018
    7
    This show's not too bad but I think more people should die. It's not realistic enough in that department. Everytime a patient has a riskyThis show's not too bad but I think more people should die. It's not realistic enough in that department. Everytime a patient has a risky surgery, they come so close to death and then it's like God comes to the rescue EVERY SINGLE TIME and they miraculously survive. Expand
  6. Oct 30, 2017
    5
    An interesting show with potential, thought the first episodes I have watched have not yet demonstrated the ability to become an interestingAn interesting show with potential, thought the first episodes I have watched have not yet demonstrated the ability to become an interesting medical drama. Freddie Highmore's portrayal of an autistic/asperger syndrome surgeon is a bit hard to believe. I can accept mild symptoms as a possibility but not the symptoms as presented on this series. Secondly, the medical procedures portrayed are a bit of a stretch and will have the medical community laughing in the aisles. Not even 'Grey's Anatomy' dives into the medical procedure impossibilities that this series writes into the script. 'The Good Doctor' needs a medical script advisor. Expand
  7. Oct 23, 2017
    0
    Because the doctor is a high functioning autistic person does not mean he must sound like a 1960's robot. HOW insulting. I know severalBecause the doctor is a high functioning autistic person does not mean he must sound like a 1960's robot. HOW insulting. I know several autistic people on various levels of the spectrum and NOT ONE sounds like this. Way to portray these people in such a sterotypical, insulting manner possible. Expand

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