REVIEW: “The Good Doctor” Checks Out

“The Good Doctor” series is about a young surgeon, Shaun Murphy (played by Freddie Highmore) who has autism and savant syndrome, which makes his brain work exceptionally better than most people’s. As a surgical resident at San Jose hospital, he struggles to communicate and works hard to prove that he belongs.

There are multiple doctor shows airing on television, and they are all very similar. What makes “The Good Doctor” special is the main character, Shaun Murphy. Murphy alone makes the show amazing because his character doesn’t need supporting roles or unrealistic plots to make him stand out. Murphy being autistic definitely makes “The Good Doctor” stand out because no other show has a twist like that.   

How would I break down the show?

Plot: A

Even though some of the plot outcomes were predictable like Shaun saving the little boy in the airport who got hit by the falling glass or that Shaun would start to have feelings for his new neighbor, the events still keep the viewer anxious to see what happens next. The outcomes aren’t based on fairytale endings though. Occasionally, patients die which shows how realistic the show can be. New episodes are always different and tell of new and exciting stories. The emotional plots, like the special relationship between Shaun and his younger brother, evoke a lot of emotion and allows the viewer to connect with the characters. In particular, this brotherly relationship influences Shaun and how he handles situations throughout the rest of the series.

THE GOOD DOCTOR – ABC’s “The Good Doctor” stars Chukuma Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu, Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, Tamlyn Tomita as Allegra Aoki and Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez. (ABC/Bob D’Amico)


Characters: A+

The main actors do an amazing job at selling their roles, and their performances are very believable. It’s easy to relate to the characters because their lives aren’t far fetched and they have daily struggles that everyone gets every now and then. Characters like Claire Browne (played by Antonia Thomas) and Jared Kalu’s (played by Chuku Modu) love hate relationship keeps viewers intrigued. President Aaron Glassman (played Richard Schiff), who always stands up and supports Murphy, acts as  a father figure to everyone in the hospital. Murphy’s character makes the show great because his autism doesn’t hold him back, but it elevates his way of thinking.

Overall “The Good Doctor” is one of the best shows on television. There’s no other show that’s as intense, realistic, and evokes such emotion on TV.