Dr. Murphy Is An Inspiration
This show is the first time I've seen someone in media that I feel like I can relate to. I'm on the spectrum, as Dr. Murphy is, and I get excited everytime I feel a connection with his reactions or mannerisms.
For background on me, I'm 18 and watch the show with my fiance's mother (we call Shaun "the puppy" and "the babey" because we consider him precious), I was diagnosed with autism at 17 and a lot of the struggles I went through as a kid suddenly made a lot of sense. Watching the show I see Shaun's anxiety reactions, his excitement reactions, his stress reactions, his joy reactions, even his basic mannerisms and speech patterns I could relate to. Everytime he does something I do I get excited and point it out to her because I've never been able to relate to a character the way I do him. It feels wonderful to be able to see a character and see myself in a small way.
Onto my age rating for the show, it has very little sexual content. It's very mild and most of it would fly over the head of someone innocent. It has a wonderful message of acceptance as everyone in on the team slowly grows to accept Shaun, even standing up for him when they wouldn't have even thought about it before. The relationships in the show are healthy, including the platonic friendships (other than Morgan with anyone, I often want to hit her), I believe one of my favorite scenes so far is one of the residents calming Shaun down while he was having an episode in the middle of a procedure so he could explain what needed to be done. Shaun is a great role model for any kid, teen, or adult with autism. There's mild violence, very little on screen violence, about as much as you'd expect in this type of show. There's mild swearing, but I also don't thing that matters for any age group personally speaking. The surgery scenes might be too much for some squeamish people, but if you're child isn't squeamish I'd honestly say it'd be good for any age, especially autistic kids that deserve to see someone like them in a positive light in media. Of course they touch on death and mortality regularly, but that's important to understand for children.
Now to talk about representation.
I saw someone mention that there aren't many characters of color, untrue. Many of the main characters are black or mixed, even Asian. They are almost always depicted in a good light other than being humans that make mistakes, especially Claire. Black, Hispanic, mixed, Asian, etc patients are treated just as good as white patients and have just as much of a recovery rate. There are even interracial couples depicted as perfectly healthy, normal, loving relationships and they aren't treated badly in the show in the slightest.
As far as LGBTQ+ representation, there is the occasional gay patient, positivity directed at the idea of transitioning gender (despite that not being the case with the patient), and there's even a scene that takes place at a drag party. As someone who is trans and gay, I found the attention respectful, if sparse.
Overall, it's just a good show that I've greatly enjoyed. It's made me laugh, cry, and be extremely proud of someone that isn't even a real person.