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The Good Doctor 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Series (2017– )
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Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and Savant syndrome, is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.

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Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.

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Based on a South Korean show Good Doctor (2013) where the main character is Park Shi Ohn. His given name can be broken down to Shi -- to see and Ohn -- the whole or entirety. The main character's name in the US show is both an actual western name and a transliteration of the original. See more »

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It seems to have potential
17 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

I was intrigued by the trailers that were released over the summer having enjoyed quite a few of David Shore's series over the years and very much became a fan of Freddie Highmore on Bates Motel. I tempered my expectations though because it's pretty difficult to create a series as successful as House was, being not just one of my all time favourite shows but probably one of the best series on television in the last 25 years. I was honestly unaware, until reading the reviews, that it was based off of a South Korean series. Some of the same formula is trying to be used between House and this show though, with the not typical doctor and being a "misunderstood genius". However quite different though in comparing a damaged, narcissistic, self destructive, middle aged specialist to an autistic, young resident. There's certainly some parts that don't quite add up in The Good Doctor though and are things that I hope get worked out as the series progresses. I would be in agreement with many other reviewers in that Shaun seems to have more Asperger's Syndrome than being a high functioning autistic savant though. There are certainly some shared things between the two but there are just some aspects that would not be considered realistic if he were truly autistic. That being said, it's nice to see more autistic characters on TV and showing that you can be on the spectrum and do great things. Freddie Highmore plays the part quite well though and at this point is really the reason I'm continuing to watch to see where this goes. There's a lot of flatness to the rest of the characters at this point though. Most meet the typical medical drama stereotypes with the arrogant, bit of a jackass team lead surgeon, one team member that's a little too confident and is willing to do whatever it takes to get ahead and another that is the opposite, and of course they just happen to be sleeping together. There's the one administrator who is willing to put their career on the line for someone they fully believe in no matter what, another who does what he can to take that persons job for a variety of motives and a room full of yes men. So yeah, the medical drama formula is certainly in full effect on that front. I hope to see more of Carly as it goes forward. I always liked Jasika Nicole from her days as Astrid on Fringe, and in the couple of episodes she's been in she seems to be the one who's most kind and understanding of Shaun and finds a way to best work with his social difficulties. All in all there's some cheesiness at times and it's not totally realistic but few network dramas are and that always has to be kept in mind. It's not a great show but so far it's good and I just hope it can take that extra step forward to make it great. It's yet to be seen if Shore can pull another show off that's even half as good as House but with him as the creator and a wonderful young actor in Highmore there's hope.


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