The Good Doctor is a show for anyone who’s ever struggled, felt like an outsider, or stepped into something new. Produced and developed by David Shore, this medical drama is about Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), an autistic surgical resident at St. Bonaventure Hospital with savant syndrome. The show centers around Shaun’s struggles and interactions with the other residents and surgeons at the hospital, such as Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas), Jared Kalu (Chuku Modu), Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), and Dr. Audrey Lim (Christina Chang), as well as his mentor and President of the hospital Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) and neighbor Lea Dilallo (Paige Spara.) I loved this show, and I think most people will too. It’s inspiring and uplifting, though not free of dark and crushing moments.
Plot: The show has a episodic structure with overarching themes and arcs. There is a different patient almost every episode, and the their treatment and story is the theme for that episode, and each character handles that theme differently. The plot is inventive, smart, heartwarming, and most importantly, entertaining. (10/10)
Characters: Every character in this show seems very real. All of them receive development throughout the current 2 seasons, and each of them are relatable in some way to the viewer. All of them face struggles and have to find ways to overcome them. All of them must learn to work with the many different personalities present in the hospital. The character interactions and growth are one of the many highlights of the show. (10/10)
Sound: The most notable thing about the sound in this show is the music. The theme song, a simple melody, often gets replayed in a softer piano solo for emotional effect, which works spectacularly. The sound has never taken away from anything, but rather it has added to it. (10/10)
Acting: The acting is one of the best parts of the show, and considering how great this show is, that’s saying a lot. There is not a single actor, whether they’re a main or an one-time character, who ever feels fake, insincere, or over the top. The main cast are incredible, nailing every line, empowering emotional scenes, and making the set-up and more calm scenes entertaining as well. It’s clear that every actor knows their character completely. It’s hard to describe how phenomenal each and every one of the actors are. Words must be said to showcase Freddie Highmore, though. Highmore is neuro-typical, yet he plays the role of the autistic but brilliant Shaun Murphy perfectly. Everything is thought out, from line delivery, to movement, to facial expressions, to the way he holds his hands. Highmore captures the struggles with social understanding and emotional intelligence that many people with autism face every day while also showcasing the incredible skills Shaun brings to the hospital, the unintentional charm of his character, and the joy brought on by each of Shaun’s successes. He makes the show an absolute treat to watch. (10/10)
In conclusion, this show is a dream. It has brilliant representation for every viewer, and displays autism for what it is. It is a disability, but not a limiter. It creates many roadblocks, but none of them that one can’t push through. The characters, structure, music, and acting all blend together to create a smart, funny, and emotional show about overcoming your weaknesses. I recommend this show to everyone. 10/10