The Good Doctor: Season 1 (2017 - 2018)


Season 1
The Good Doctor

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The Good Doctor's heavy-handed bedside manner undermines a solid lead performance, but under all the emotionally manipulative gimmickry, there's still plenty of room to improve.



Critic Ratings: 43


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Air date: Sep 25, 2017

Shaun relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital, but he faces skepticism from the hospital's board and staff in the series premiere of this drama about a talented young surgeon with savant syndrome.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2017

Shaun's first day at St. Bonaventure Hospital is complicated by his attention to detail. Meanwhile, Claire learns a valuable lesson about honesty when confronted with a difficult diagnosis for her patient.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2017

A patient isn't honest with his doctors, and this may cost him his chance at life-saving surgery. Meanwhile, Claire must learn how to communicate with Shaun as they race back to the hospital with a donated organ.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2017

Neil and the team have to wade through legal waters when a decision about an unborn child is needed. Meanwhile, Shaun struggles to adjust to his new environment at home and makes a huge step forward with his colleagues.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2017

While in the exam area of St. Bonaventure Hospital, Dr. Shaun Murphy encounters a young patient who looks eerily similar to his deceased brother, Steve. After discovering his parents have hidden his diagnosis from him, Shaun struggles to understand why he doesn't deserve to hear the truth about his own health. Meanwhile, the team can't figure out what keeps triggering their patients' increasingly severe allergic reactions and races to find the cause before the next one kills another patient.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2017

Shaun and Claire devise an experimental procedure capable of saving a young groom's leg and life, but the patient's loved ones must learn to work together. Meanwhile, Jared struggles to connect with a patient whose scars may prove too deep to overcome.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2017

Dr. Shaun Murphy has to confront prejudice from an unlikely source when he takes on the case of a patient with autism, and Dr. Jared Kalu has to learn to accept his limitations as a surgeon.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2017

During a robbery at the grocery mart Dr. Shaun Murphy is shopping at, his communication limitations puts lives at risk. Meanwhile, after Shaun's traumatic day, Dr. Aaron Glassman worries that he isn't doing enough to help Shaun.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2017

As part of St. Bonaventure hospital's international humanitarian program, the team takes on the case of a young boy from the Congo who has severe congenital heart anomalies. Dr. Neil Melendez has doubts about the safety of the procedure, while Dr. Shaun Murphy works out the best course of action. Meanwhile, Murphy's latest encounter with his neighbor Lea has him confused.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2017

Members of the hospital's surgical team are initially impressed with a charming young doctor, but his true character puts one of them in an awkward position at work. Meanwhile, Glassman feels Shaun needs a little more support with his personal life and suggests he meet with a therapist. However, Shaun is determined to show him that he can do it on his own

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Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a junior surgeon, who is on the autism spectrum and has savant syndrome. Shaun relocates from his quiet life in Wyoming to San Jose, in order to work at a prestigious hospital. However, he must face the prejudice and suspicion of his colleagues and higher-ups, being able to rely only on the help of Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff). Now, Shaun wades through a totally new environment, navigating professional and personal relationships while proving that he has a gift that can help others.

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Critic Reviews for The Good Doctor Season 1

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17)

TGD is a sensitive, intelligent exploration of someone on the spectrum.

Nov 12, 2017 | Full Review…
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There have been few storylines that stand out beyond the typical medical drama; this one's just done well enough to make you buy in, thanks especially to Freddie Highmore's committed, layered turn.

Sep 25, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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But in the hands of [David] Shore, and with actors of the calibre of Richard Schiff, it somehow works.

Nov 1, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a show that could develop into something interesting-and has enough beautiful people in scrubs to keep viewers engaged-but feels familiar in the premiere.

Oct 25, 2017 | Full Review…

[It] has made headway in trying to foster greater understanding of how autistic people may not process the world the same way as neurotypical people.

Oct 17, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

Sep 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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[With] a much nicer but just as complicated character as the one played by Hugh Laurie. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 6, 2019 | Full Review…

The most annoying part of the show was the overuse of medical speak. It was often overwhelming and difficult to follow. As a person who devoted years of her life to E.R. and Grey's Anatomy, I can honestly say I've never felt this way with a medical show.

Sep 26, 2017 | Rating: 2.2/5.0 | Full Review…

We can find a correct series here that, without being any wonder, it's watchable. [Full Review in Spanish]

Aug 8, 2019 | Full Review…

The Good Doctor is a pleasant experience with some flaws.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

The Good Doctor has shown us what it means to push the boundaries.

Jun 19, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The writers get credit for attempting a sensitive portrayal of a person who is not neurotypical - flashbacks to Shaun's sad childhood are touching, if simplistic. Yet, even with this, he feels two-dimensional.

Nov 14, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Good Doctor: Season 1

  • May 20, 2020
    Awsome loved it more please
  • Mar 29, 2020
    A unique lead character - both an underdog and a sort of superhero - and a great supporting cast. A show with a lot of heart that never becomes saccharine.
  • Mar 26, 2020
    Found the first episode a little bit to soapy and wasn't sure if I would enjoy this series but as the season has gone on the episodes have got better and better. highly recommend
  • Jan 24, 2020
    Hope can be watch this movie, cause hear by my friends advance me to watch .
  • Jan 15, 2020
    Completely in love with this show. I don't watch anything else on TV. I have watched every single episode and I calendar the new season dates. I have never done that with any other show. It makes me laugh and cry. I love how they go beyond their medical DUTIES to fix the problem. I love the happy endings every week.....thank you so much. Sean Marry Me. I love everyone on the show you are all so awesome. Thank you thank you I look forward to Monday's now like crazy, it's like a slice of cake for me its so good! I cannot say enough about the show, it is so A D O R A B L E! ADORABLE. and funny. and exciting...omg its so good.
  • Nov 24, 2019
    very good and creative
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  • Oct 24, 2019
    Overly dramatic and most of the time unbelievable, but I enjoyed Freddie Highmore's performance.
  • Oct 21, 2019
    I loved this series ... it's one of the best I've seen, the characters, the story, it's very well crafted
  • Oct 18, 2019
    Love this tv series. Freddie Highmore is an extraordinary actor!!! His character is so gifted but so underestimated by those around him!

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