The Good Doctor

Alondra Rivera, Staff Writer

The Good Doctor, which came out in 2017, is a medical drama, on ABC, based on the South Korean series with the same name. The actor Daniel Dae Kim, a korean himself, was the one who pitched the adaption to CBS but unfortunately CBS decided against airing it and eventually Sony Pictures Television picked it up. The Good Doctor has experienced mixed reviews from critics in particular but has received good ratings which led it to being renewed for a second season, which just started on September 24, 2018. The show airs every Monday at 10|9c.

The cast for the show includes: Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), Claire Brown (Antonia Thomas), Jared Kalu (Chuku Modu), Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff), Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), and Marcus Andrews (Hill Harper).

The show follows Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon, working at San Jose St. Bonaventure hospital. The show begins with Shaun saving a young boy’s life, which allows the audience to see his capabilities and skill in the medical field. Shaun faces a lot of prejudice because of his autism, and before he was hired many people at the hospital were against the idea of him working there because they didn’t believe he was a great fit for the hospital and they felt as if he was a liability and hiring him could cost someone their life.

Shaun does face many difficult situations that challenge him and those around him. He has knowledge of the field but his disadvantage over communicating effectively does get him in trouble both inside and outside of the hospital. *Spoiler* In season 1, Shaun got into a situation where he is held at gunpoint by a robber and he didn’t know what to do under that kind of pressure and because of this, someone else got shot. We get to see the way Shaun copes and processes things which turns out is not the most healthy way. Dr. Glassman is the president at the hospital but he has also known Shaun since he was young. Therefore, he feels like he has to be some sort of authority figure, which is why he tries to convince Shaun to get a caretaker, but ultimately the idea is refused many times.

This show does focus on Shaun a lot but like other medical shows, there are plenty of emotional cases with patients in the hospital. Some scenes can be heartwarming and others can be heartbreaking but it all adds to the overall feeling of the show. I stumbled upon this show on accident but ended up loving it even though I am not the biggest fan of medical dramas in general. I have yet to watch season 2 but I am sure it will be just as great as Season 1.