The Good Doctor: Season 1

The Good Doctor: Season 1

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A young surgeon with Savant syndrome (Freddie Highmore) is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. Can a person who doesn't have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?

2017Rating: MUSASony, ABC



Burnt Food

Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant... More syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, his only advocate, Dr. Aaron Glassman, challenges the skepticism and prejudices of the hospital’s board and staff when he brings him in to join the team. Shaun will need to work harder than he ever has before, as he navigates his new environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his extraordinary medical gifts will save lives.


Mount Rushmore

Dr. Shaun Murphy’s attention to detail complicates his first day... More at St. Bonaventure Hospital. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne learns a valuable lesson about honesty when confronted with a difficult diagnosis for her patient.



Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Jared Kalu discover their patient... More isn’t being completely honest with them which may cost him his chance at a life-saving surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne must learn to communicate with Dr. Shaun Murphy as they race back to St. Bonaventure Hospital with a donated organ.



Dr. Neil Melendez and the team have to wade through... More legal waters when a husband and wife have to make a life-changing decision about their unborn child. Meanwhile, Dr. Shaun Murphy struggles to adjust to his new environment at home and makes a huge step forward with his colleagues.


Point Three Percent

While in the exam area of St. Bonaventure Hospital, Dr.... More Shaun Murphy encounters a young patient who looks eerily similar to his deceased brother, Steve. After discovering his parents have hidden his diagnosis from him, Shaun struggles to understand why he doesn’t deserve to hear the truth about his own health. Meanwhile, the team can’t figure out what keeps triggering their patients’ increasingly severe allergic reactions and races to find the cause before the next one kills another patient.


Not Fake

Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Claire Browne devise an experimental... More procedure that can save the leg and life of a young groom, that is if his bride-to-be and parents can learn to work together. Meanwhile, Jared struggles to emotionally connect with his patient whose scars may prove too deep to overcome.


22 Steps

Dr. Shaun Murphy has to confront prejudice from an unlikely... More source when he takes on the case of a patient with autism, and Dr. Jared Kalu has to learn to accept his limitations as a surgeon.



During a robbery at the grocery mart Dr. Shaun Murphy... More is shopping at, his communication limitations puts lives at risk. Meanwhile, after Shaun's traumatic day, Dr. Aaron Glassman worries that he isn't doing enough to help Shaun.



As part of St. Bonaventure hospital's international humanitarian program, the... More team takes on the case of a young boy from the Congo who has severe congenital heart anomalies. Dr. Neil Melendez has doubts about the safety of the procedure, while Dr. Shaun Murphy works out the best course of action. Meanwhile, Murphy's latest encounter with his neighbor Lea has him confused.



A charming young doctor puts a member of the surgical... More team in an awkward position at work; Dr. Glassman suggests that Dr. Shaun Murphy meet with a therapist.


Islands Part One (1)

Dr. Marcus Andrews enlists Dr. Neil Melendez on a very... More sensitive kidney transplant between a pair of twins; Dr. Shaun Murphy decides to take an impromptu trip with his friend Lea and leave his problems behind.


Islands Part Two (2)

The twins suffer complications from their surgery forcing the team... More at San Jose Boneventure Hospital to make a life-changing decision. Meanwhile, Dr. Shaun Murphy returns to the hospital after his trip with Lea and decides he needs a more permanent change and gives Dr. Aaron Glassman his two weeks’ notice.


Seven Reasons

Dr. Shaun Murphy suspects his patient is lying about the... More reason for her injury and makes a controversial assumption about her motives. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez’s personal life could be affecting his work and, ultimately, his patients lives.



Dr. Shaun Murphy is surprised to learn that his young... More cancer patient identifies as a girl while being biologically male. Shaun must quickly learn to understand his patient, her medical needs and how to work with her family, who all feel they know what is best for her.



Dr. Shaun Murphy's teenage patient has been confined to her... More home her entire life due to a rare heart condition. Despite her condition, she has cultivated a large group of friends online and hopes that the surgical team can find a way to give her the life she has always dreamed of having. Meanwhile, a young patient's perfectly matched organ donor is causing a moral dilemma for the parents and the patient.



When the team treats a patient who has to decide... More between a dangerous surgery that could change his life or remain the same, he asks Dr. Shaun Murphy what he would if he had that same choice.



Dr. Shaun Murphy questions the need for an elective surgery... More that will allow his young patient to smile for the first time. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Brown and Dr. Morgan Reznick discover that their patient lied about her identity.



The team at St. Bonaventure needs to quickly discover the... More truth behind a young college student’s unexplained injuries before his condition worsens. Meanwhile, after losing his most prized possession, Shaun’s distraction during a surgical procedure may end up risking more than just his job.

The Good Doctor: Season 1 | Reviews

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

Feels like a more tender, earnest version of House.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

While there may be different ways to be good and to express caring, The Good Doctor suggests, it is something worth aspiring to -- an idea that may especially appeal to viewers who have experienced health care as scary, impersonal and alienating.

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Daily Telegraph

Daily Telegraph

Sensitively portrayed by Bates Motel star Freddie Highmore, the character is extraordinarily gifted but often underestimated by those around him.

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Murphy's more rigid way of understanding the world drives much of what makes The Good Doctor stand out.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Shore has established the boilerplate world, and thanks to his leads, it has potential to evolve.

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The Australian

The Australian

In the hands of [David] Shore, and with actors of the calibre of Richard Schiff, it somehow works.

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It's a show that could develop into something interesting-and has enough beautiful people in scrubs to keep viewers engaged-but feels familiar in the premiere.

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There have been few storylines that stand out beyond the typical medical drama; this one's just done well enough to make you buy in, thanks especially to Freddie Highmore's committed, layered turn.

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The Good Doctor: Season 1 | Release Details

The Good Doctor: Season 1 is available to stream in New Zealand now on Neon.