Genre: Health wellness | Drama
Casts: Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Richard Schiff, Hill Harper
Released Date (Streaming): 25 September 2017
Storyline: Freddie Highmore (Bates Motel, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) stars as Dr. Shaun Murphy, an up-and-coming surgeon who also happens to have autism and savant syndrome. This is a very difficult role for anyone to play given how broad the autism spectrum truly is.
The Good Doctor does a fine job of navigating this razor’s edge. Freddie does well in his debut, showing several characteristics that can accompany an autism diagnosis. These characteristics include things such as social awkwardness, lack of eye contact, playing with his hands during stressful situations, etc.
The Good Doctor proceeds the way most medical dramas do: each day brings a new patient in need of life-threatening surgery; the doctors fight for stature and opportunity while romancing one another in the process; we discover that Shaun’s childhood was marred by the gruesome deaths of both his little brother and pet bunny, and he’s disciplined for behaving poorly or erratically in front of patients before saving the day with surgical heroics.
Thumbs up: The show pulls you in and the twists plus the plot is so incredible.
Thumbs down: Some scenes can be quite predictable and over-sentimental.
All in all, The Good Doctor will keep you glued to the screen as it’s one of the best medic series of the century.