The Good Doctor Review

Harshita Avirneni, Spotlight Editor

The Good Doctor follows Shaun Murphy, played by Freddie Highmore, as he moves away from his country life to go through his surgical residency at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Murphy also has autism and savant syndrome, making him socially awkward yet brilliant in the medical field.

One of my favorite parts about this show is how it does its best to accurately detail the symptoms of autism and how a child’s past can have such an impact on the future. Also, The Good Doctor also showcases savant syndrome, a condition in which someone with a significant mental disability, in this case autism, demonstrates certain abilities far in excess of average. Dr. Murphy is seen multiple times doing surgeries and diagrams are shown of what he is thinking, showing the incredible memory he has with his syndrome.

Another aspect I really like about this show is seeing the environment of what surgeons in their residency have to go through and the stress they are constantly under. Other characters who join Dr. Murphy in their residency include Dr. Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas) and Dr. Jared Kalu (Chuku Modu). All of these characters go through moments of uncertainty and great achievement, that leads to well developed character.

Overall, I have really enjoyed this show and recommend it to anyone looking for something new to watch. The Good Doctor is on the second half of Season 1 and airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on ABC.