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The Good Doctor

By Jenny Nixon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Doc on autism spectrum defies prejudices in medical drama.

TV ABC Drama 2017
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 14+


Best show I ever watched since season 1 episode 1!!! Never missed a episode!!! I feel sometimes like I could be Shaun with lea. I have autism and a feeding tube and work in a hospital and want to be a doctor one day. Freddie highmore inspired me and I watched everything on him. Favorite movie is Charlie and the chocolate factory and I love bates motel and the good doctor!!!
age 14+

I've been watching this show since the beginning

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (49 ):

While it may follow the same contrived formula that so many hospital dramas have relied on, this show is elevated by Freddie Highmore's genuine, sweet, and thoughtful performance. Autism is a spectrum disorder, and as such, no two autistic people are alike -- everyone has different personalities, behaviors, and levels of functioning -- which means that no show is going to get autistic characters "right" 100% of the time. This show is no exception. Add in the fact that the lead character also has savant syndrome, meaning that he conveniently exhibits above-average skills in certain areas (in his case, an encyclopedic medical memory), and it would be easy to criticize The Good Doctor for making what some in the autism community have termed "inspiration porn."

There's also the fact that the show relies on the idea of a "quirky doctor who's bad with people, but great with medicine." Dr. Murphy's relationship with his mentor Dr. Glassman is warm, and while the doctor is fervently outspoken in his belief that his skeptical colleagues need to learn to accept Shaun, he doesn't make the mistake of speaking for him, as if he's helpless -- a detail that may seem small, but that makes his advocacy and their bond ring true. If they can continue to examine Shaun's interior life and how he navigates his challenging new environment without turning his behavior into a punchline, they may have a solid show on their hands.

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