The Good Doctor (TV series)

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The Good Doctor
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Genre Medical drama
Based on Good Doctor
by Park Jae-bum
Developed by
Composer(s) Dan Romer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 41–44 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround sound
Original release September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) – present (present)
Related shows Good Doctor
External links
Official website

The Good Doctor is an American medical drama television series based on the 2013 award-winning South Korean series of the same name. Daniel Dae Kim, the actor, first noticed the series and bought the rights for his production company. He began adapting the series and in 2015 eventually shopped it to CBS, his home network. CBS decided against creating a pilot. Because Kim felt so strongly about the series, he bought back the rights from CBS. Eventually, Sony Pictures Television and Kim worked out a deal and brought on David Shore, creator of the Fox hit medical drama, House, to develop the series.[1]

The show is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios, in association with production companies Shore Z Productions, 3AD, and Entermedia. David Shore serves as showrunner and Daniel Dae Kim is an executive producer for the show.

The series stars Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a young savant autistic surgical resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, and Tamlyn Tomita also star in the show. The series received a put pilot commitment at ABC after a previous attempted series did not move forward at CBS Television Studios in 2015; The Good Doctor was ordered to series in May 2017. On October 3, 2017, ABC picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes. The series is primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The series debuted on September 25, 2017. The Good Doctor has received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with particular praise given to Highmore's performance, and strong television ratings. In March 2018, ABC renewed the series for a second season, which is set to premiere on September 24, 2018.


The series follows Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome from the mid-size city of Casper, Wyoming, where he had a troubled childhood. He relocates to San Jose, California, to work at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome.[3] His savant abilities include near-photographic recall and the ability to note minute details and changes. He is portrayed in flashbacks to his teen years by Graham Verchere.[4]
  • Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neil Melendez: Attending cardiothoracic surgeon in charge of surgical residents.[3] He is also engaged to Jessica Preston until episode 12.
  • Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Browne, a surgical resident who forms a friendship with Shaun.[5]
  • Chuku Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu, a surgical resident from a wealthy family.[6] (season 1)
  • Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston: The hospital in-house attorney and Vice President of Risk Management. She is the granddaughter of the hospital founder and a friend of Dr. Glassman.[7] (season 1)
  • Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews, Chief of Surgery, attending plastic surgeon, and board member.[8]
  • Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman, President of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital and attending neurosurgeon, who has been a mentor and good friend of Shaun since he was 14.[9][10]
  • Tamlyn Tomita as Allegra Aoki, Chairman of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital Board and Vice President of the foundation that controls the hospital's funding.[11]


  • Dylan Kingwell as Steve Murphy: Shaun's younger brother (in flashbacks).[4] He also portrays Evan Gallico, a boy in the present that resembles Shaun's brother and is suffering from stage 4 osteosarcoma.
  • Graham Verchere as a young Shaun Murphy in flashbacks.
  • Paige Spara as Lea Dilallo: Shaun's love interest/ former neighbor.
  • Christina Chang as Dr. Audrey Lim
  • Chris D'Elia as Kenny, Shaun's new neighbor, who moves into Lea's apartment.
  • Fiona Gubelmann as Dr. Morgan Reznick, a new resident.[12] As a resident, Morgan will turn out to be a rival for Claire. (debuted in "She").[13]
  • Will Yun Lee as Dr. Alex Park, an ex-cop who decided to become a doctor (debuted in "Heartfelt").[14]
  • Lisa Edelstein as Dr. Blaize, an expert oncologist[15]

Notable guests[edit]

  • Irene Keng as Dr. Elle McLean, a surgical resident (only appears in the pilot, however had series regular status for said episode) [8][16]
  • Jasika Nicole as Carly[17]
  • Eve Gordon as Nurse Fryday[17]
  • Eric Winter as Matt Coyle, a suave doctor who charms the hospital's staff, until he makes explicit advances towards one of them.[18]
  • Marsha Thomason as Dr. Isabel Barnes, Marcus' wife. [19]
  • Kelly Blatz as Aidan Coulter, donor and Allegra's love interest


Season 1 (2017–18)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
11"Burnt Food"Seth GordonDavid ShoreSeptember 25, 2017 (2017-09-25)11.22[20]
On the way to begin his surgical residency at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital, Dr. Shaun Murphy witnesses an airport sign fall and shatter glass onto a young boy. With his unique ability to visualize the internal body and using improvised methods and tools, Shaun is able to stabilize the boy. In a hospital board meeting, Dr. Aaron Glassman, president of the hospital, tries to convince the board to hire Shaun, despite his autism. Flashbacks give us a picture of Shaun's childhood and his motivation for becoming a doctor.
22"Mount Rushmore"Mike ListoDavid ShoreOctober 2, 2017 (2017-10-02)10.93[21]
Dr. Neil Melendez is doing rounds with Dr. Claire Browne and Dr. Jared Kalu. Melendez calls out Shaun for arriving late on his first full day. A middle aged woman is brought into the ER with abdominal pain. Shaun immediately diagnoses a malignant tumor. As punishment for lateness, Shaun is assigned 'scut work', where his attention to detail gets him in trouble. After rechecking a discharged young girl's test results, Shaun races to her home, annoying her parents over the late hour, but eventually saving the girl's life.
33"Oliver"John DahlWilliam RotkoOctober 9, 2017 (2017-10-09)10.69[22]
Shaun and Claire fly to San Francisco Municipal Hospital to get a liver for a transplant patient. After learning the helicopter can't take off due to bad weather, they resort to a police escort. Meanwhile, at the Hospital, Chuck, the recipient of the liver, is discovered to have alcohol in his system, a development that could void his transplant eligibility. Chuck later confesses he had one drink at his daughter's graduation. In order to protect its reputation and ability to supply transplants to future patients, the hospital denies Chuck the liver. Shaun and Claire arrive back, having kept the liver viable, only to learn that it is to be taken to a patient at another hospital.
44"Pipes"Steven DePaulThomas L. MoranOctober 16, 2017 (2017-10-16)10.60[23]
Barb Allen, 22 weeks pregnant, and her husband arrive at St. Bonaventure, hoping the doctors can save their baby. A large non-cancerous tumor is growing on the fetus and must be removed in order to save his life. Despite the serious risks both to her and the baby, Barb insists on surgery. Meanwhile, Shaun and Claire are assigned a patient, Olivia, who has a boil in her genital area. However, when doctors attempt to drain it, a fibroid tumor is found to be wrapped around a nerve. The surgery to remove it will cut off all feeling in Olivia's genitals. Shaun comes up with a solution that allows her to keep feeling in her genital area.
55"Point Three Percent"Larry TengDavid HoseltonOctober 23, 2017 (2017-10-23)10.39[24]
Shaun notices a young boy, Evan, who has an uncanny resemblance to his deceased brother Steve. Evan was brought to the hospital by his parents for a possible fracture to his arm. However, we discover that he is actually suffering from terminal bone cancer, a fact his parents have kept hidden from him. Shaun attempts to find another diagnosis and save Evan, earning him the scorn of his colleagues. Evan's terminal cancer diagnosis is ultimately confirmed with the revelation that it has metastasized into his chest cavity. However, Evan reveals that he has secretly known the truth for a long time and accepts his situation, but is thankful for Shaun's attempts to help. Meanwhile, the other members of the team try to diagnose an older man, brought in by his estranged son, with a severe allergy condition causing him to convulse violently. Claire and Jared determine that the man is suffering from a cystic form of tapeworms located in his skull. A successful surgery is performed by Dr. Glassman.
66"Not Fake"Michael Patrick JannSimran BaidwanOctober 30, 2017 (2017-10-30)10.60[25]
Shaun and the rest of the residents are working the graveyard shift when numerous casualties from a wedding bus crash come in. Among the victims are a woman with severe, visible burns, on whom Jared tries an experimental procedure, and a young man with a severely damaged leg. Tensions arise between the patients parents and fiancée over the best choice for treatment; his parents want to amputate the leg, his fiancée is in favour of an experimental bone-replacement procedure. After treating a patient, Claire realises that a woman has been left behind at the crash site.
77"22 Steps"David StraitonJohanna LeeNovember 13, 2017 (2017-11-13)10.14[26]
Shaun encounters Liam, an autistic patient brought into the hospital. Having to face prejudice from the young man's parents, Dr. Melendez defends him for the first time and acknowledges his exceptional abilities. On Dr. Glassman's directive, Claire continues with therapy sessions in order to curb her guilt over inadvertently causing the death of a patient. Jared treats a 73-year-old man with severe chest pains who needs urgent medical attention and a pacemaker, but the patient states his desire is to die.
88"Apple"Nestor CarbonellDavid RenaudNovember 20, 2017 (2017-11-20)9.97[27]
While Shaun is shopping at a grocery mart for apples, a robbery takes place. With Shaun's communication limitations, he puts the lives of two customers on a first date at risk, leading to a young woman getting shot. Shaun's neighbor Lea hugs him after he admits that he made a mistake and got someone hurt. During surgery, Dr. Lim questions Claire's ability to not let her emotions get the better of her because of a racist patient. This leads to an argument between the two, with Dr. Lim ordering Claire to leave the operating room. Claire puts her emotions in check to save the life of the racist patient, much to the satisfaction and delight of Dr. Lim.
99"Intangibles"Bronwen HughesKaren StruckNovember 27, 2017 (2017-11-27)9.25[28]
The team takes on the case of a young boy from the Congo who has severe congenital heart anomalies. Murphy's latest encounter with his neighbor Lea has him confused. He takes flirting lessons from Claire, noting and charting what he sees in regards to the "flirting trifecta." Meanwhile, Claire, along with a lab tech, searches for a misplaced tissue sample from a woman with possible throat cancer.
1010"Sacrifice"Michael Patrick JannLloyd Gilyard Jr.December 4, 2017 (2017-12-04)9.03[29]
Shaun has reluctantly agreed to Dr. Glassman's repeated suggestions to meet with a therapist, but ultimately changes his mind after a new patient, Bobby Otto, convinces Shaun to stop letting people tell him what to do. Claire runs into an uncomfortable situation with Dr. Matt Coyle, who makes unwanted sexual advances toward her during a patient consultation. Jared finds out and physically threatens him. As a result, Jared is fired. After a tense dinner with Jessica, her father and Dr. Melendez, Jessica states that she doesn't want to have children.
1111"Islands Part One"Bill D'EliaThomas L. Moran & William RotkoJanuary 8, 2018 (2018-01-08)8.30[30]
Shaun and Lea embark on an impromptu road trip. Shaun drives, drinks Tequila, sings karaoke, all for the first time, and experiences his first kiss with Lea. Melendez and Andrews operate on conjoined twins, one of whom needs a kidney. Complications develop and the operation to separate them, planned for six months after the kidney surgery, must be done immediately. The operation goes well until it's discovered the twins have not awakened from the surgery. Melendez decides it's more important to be with Jessica and that he can be a "father" in other ways.
1212"Islands Part Two"Cherie NowlanThomas L. Moran & William RotkoJanuary 15, 2018 (2018-01-15)9.33[31]
Shaun returns to the hospital after his trip and gives Dr. Glassman his two weeks’ notice, intending on moving to Hershey to be with Lea. The twins suffer complications from their surgery; Katie is not getting enough blood flow to the brain, while Jenny’s heart is failing. Despite the doctors’ best efforts to save both twins, Jenny dies on the operating table. Jessica is forced to look into previous misconduct at the hospital in which white doctors were only warned instead of fired, after allegations of racism by Kalu’s lawyer; as a result, Jared is reinstated. Jessica tells Melendez that she wants to break up because she feels like she is standing in his way of being a father.
1313"Seven Reasons"Mike ListoDavid Shore & David HoseltonJanuary 22, 2018 (2018-01-22)9.61[32]
While treating a Muslim patient, Shaun senses she is lying and makes controversial claims about how she sustained her injuries. Melendez punctures the bronchus of the patient during surgery and is put under investigation after Shaun questions if his personal life is affecting his work. While Claire assists in a surgery on a stroke patient who had an aneurysm with Dr. Lim, she learns that Coyle got a new job and a raise. They inform the patient's wife that he needs surgery or he will die, but she refuses to consent until Claire explains the reality of the situation. Shaun asks Glassman to be friends, but Glassman decides to give him his own space and not be friends, which upsets Shaun.
1414"She"Seth GordonSimran BaidwanFebruary 5, 2018 (2018-02-05)9.63[33]
The four residents including the new Dr. Morgan Reznick are paired off in competition; Reznick and Browne with Melendez, Murphy and Kalu with Lim. Murphy and Kalu are faced with a gender dysphoric patient, Quinn, which leads to friction when Murphy claims people can only be their biological gender. Murphy and Kalu determine that Quinn has testicular cancer along with fragile bones caused by puberty blockers. Browne and Reznick tend to a male patient that has contracted a superbug resistant to all medication, as a result of taking leftover persciption medication for the wrong purpose. Drs. Andrews and Barnes see a fertility specialist as they are having trouble conceiving.
1515"Heartfelt"Regina KingThomas L. Moran & Johanna LeeFebruary 26, 2018 (2018-02-26)7.82[34]
A female teen goes through a risky surgery to implant a sternum so she can live a normal life without being confined to her house. A young male teen initially rejects the idea of having a convicted killer's liver transplanted in him, but without it he has a day to live. A former 15 year veteran cop turned doctor, Alex Park, is skeptical of the convict, Boris's, motives. Allegra talks to Dr. Andrews about a young wealthy donor, Aidan Coulter, but Andrews says being involved with him might give people the wrong idea and that she used sex to solicit donations. At a fundraiser, Jared tells Claire he loved her and thought maybe she would one day love him, but came to the realization that isn't true leaving the status of their relationship unknown.
1616"Pain"Allison Liddi-BrownWilliam L. Rotko & David RenaudMarch 12, 2018 (2018-03-12)9.88[35]
Shaun, Claire, and Alex assist Melendez with one of his first patients, a man named Hunter who was paralyzed in a motorcycle accident ten years prior. Jared, Morgan, and Andrews attend a patient who has an infection caused by plastic surgery. Claire's estranged mother shows up at the hospital in an attempt to reconnect. Andrews sees an infertility specialist that tells him there is a surgery that could help him with his sperm count, but that there is a risk of impotence. Alex does a background check on Kenny which sheds light on his criminal past leading him to suggest Shaun is being used by him.
1717"Smile"Bill D'EliaDavid Hoselton & Karen StruckMarch 19, 2018 (2018-03-19)9.03[36]
Shaun and Alex treat teenaged Gretchen's Mobius Syndrome, enabling her to smile; Andrews persuades an insurance executive to cover the surgery. Morgan and Claire's patient, "Lucy Callard," is actually an identity thief who let her insurance lapse to pay her son's college tuition and failed to fill her post-operative antibiotic prescription due to fear of discovery. Morgan convinces the real Lucy Callard, a painkiller addict, to enter rehab; Claire gains the trust of the imposter, Beatrice, who dies of an infection. Jared romantically pursues his burn-victim patient, Celez, after she completes her treatment; he is also offered a job in Denver. Kenny takes advantage of Shaun. Shaun urges Glassman to date hospital barista Debbie; they hit it off over their interest in classic cars, but Glassman suddenly experiences aphasia at the end of their dinner date.
1818"More"Mike ListoDavid Shore & Lloyd Gilyard, Jr.March 26, 2018 (2018-03-26)9.52[37]
Glassman tells Shaun that he has an inoperable glioma and eighteen months to live. Glassman accepts his death, but agrees to additional imaging for Shaun's sake; this yields a worse prognosis of four months to live. Glassman takes Shaun to a park his late daughter loved so they can enjoy the time Glassman has left. Shaun determines how a minimally invasive biopsy could be performed. If Glassman is diagnosed with an operable form of cancer, he will pursue treatment. Collegiate patient Caden suffers a complication after treatment for a fraternity hazing injury. Jared and Alex question Caden's friend, but Jared is put off by Alex's distrustful nature. Shaun determines that he erred in clamping Caden's artery. He proposes a risky procedure to save Caden's life and offers to take full responsibility for performing it, but Melendez decides they will perform it together. Caden survives and Melendez invites the team out for drinks, which Morgan finds perverse; Melendez hopes a doctor supports her when she inevitably kills a patient. Shaun decides he must admit his mistake to Andrews, even though Glassman staked his position on Shaun's success; Glassman leaves the decision up to Shaun, and accompanies him to meet with Andrews.

Season 2[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
191"Hello"[38]Mike ListoFreddie HighmoreSeptember 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)TBD
202"Middle Ground"[39]Steve RobinDavid ShoreTBATBD
213"36 Hours"[40]Larry TengThomas L. MoranTBATBD



In May 2014, CBS Television Studios began development on an American remake of the hit South Korean medical drama Good Doctor with Daniel Dae Kim as producer. Kim explained the appeal of adapting the series as "something that can fit into a recognizable world, with a breadth of characters that can be explored in the long run".[41] The story of a pediatric surgeon with autism was to be set in Boston and projected to air in August 2015.[42][43] However, CBS did not pick up the project and it moved to Sony Pictures Television, with a put pilot commitment from ABC in October 2016. The series is developed by David Shore, who is executive producing alongside Kim, Sebastian Lee, and David Kim.[44] ABC officially ordered the series to pilot in January 2017.[45]

On May 11, 2017, ABC ordered the show to series as a co-production with Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios,[46] and it was officially picked up for a full season of 18 episodes on October 3, 2017.[47] On March 7, 2018, ABC renewed the series for a second season.[48] It will premiere in the fall of 2018.


On February 17, 2017, Antonia Thomas was cast as Dr. Claire Browne, a strong-willed and talented doctor who forms a special connection with Shaun.[5] A week later, Freddie Highmore was cast in the lead role as Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism; and Nicholas Gonzalez was cast as Dr. Neil Melendez, the boss of the surgical residents at the hospital.[3] The next month, Chuku Modu was cast as resident Dr. Jared Kalu (originally Dr. Jared Unger);[6] Hill Harper as head of surgery Dr. Marcus Andrews (originally Dr. Horace Andrews); Irene Keng as resident Dr. Elle McLean;[8] and Richard Schiff was cast as Dr. Aaron Glassman (originally Dr. Ira Glassman), the hospital president and Shaun's mentor.[9][46] Schiff was shortly followed by Beau Garrett as hospital board member Jessica Preston and a friend of Dr. Glassman.[7] In September 2017, Tamlyn Tomita was promoted to the principal cast as Allegra Aoki.[11]

In April 2018, it was revealed that Will Yun Lee, Fiona Gubelmann, Christina Chang, and Paige Spara had been promoted to series regulars for the second season, after recurring in the first as Alex, Morgan, Audrey, and Lea, respectively.[49] In addition, it was announced that Chuku Modu would not return for the second season.[49] In September 19, 2018, it was announced that Beau Garrett had left the series ahead of the second season premiere.[50]

The Surrey, British Columbia city hall serves as the fictional San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital in exterior shots.[51]


Production on the pilot took place from March 21 to April 6, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[52][53] Filming for the rest of the season began on July 26, 2017, and concluded on March 1, 2018.[54] Filming for season two began on June 27, 2018, and is set to conclude on February 12, 2019.[55]


Emmy nominated Dan Romer serves as the primary composer for the series[56][57]. He won an ASCAP Screen Music Awards for his work on the show.[58][59]



The Good Doctor began airing on September 25, 2017, on ABC in the United States,[60] and on CTV in Canada.[61] Sky Living acquired the broadcast rights for the United Kingdom and Ireland.[62] Seven Network airs the series in Australia.[63] Wowow, the largest Japanese private satellite and pay-per-view television network in Japan acquired the rights to broadcast the series beginning in April 2018.[64] In the Netherlands, the series began airing on January 29, 2018, on RTL 4 and on video-on-demand service Videoland.[65] In Italy the series premiered on Rai 1 on July 17, 2018 setting a record of 5.2 million total viewers from 9.30pm to 11.45pm, reaching a share of 31,7% in the third episode[66] and entering the Top 10 of Most Watched Foreign TV Series in Italy at No.5[67], an event since the leaderboard never changed again after the last entry in November 14, 2007 with an episode of House[68][67].


A full-length trailer was released for ABC's May 2017 Upfront presentation, which /Film's Ethan Anderton described the concept as feeling like "House meets Rain Man, that just might be enough to make it interesting". However, he questioned "how long can audiences be entranced by both the brilliance of [Highmore's] character's savant skills and the difficulties that come from his autism in the workplace."[69] Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter felt the trailer was "both kinda progressive and really dated". He added, "Too much felt on-the-nose—especially Hill Harper as the main character's detractor and Richard Schiff as his noble defender", while also commentating that "On-the-nose/premise is how you have to trailer a show like this, and maybe spaced out over 43 minutes it won't grate."[70] Ben Travers and Steve Greene for IndieWire called it "a serious trailer for a serious subject. The first glimpse of Highmore's character hints that they're toeing the line between presenting a thoughtful depiction of his condition and using his perceptive abilities as a kind of secret weapon."[71] The trailer had been viewed over 25.4 million times after a week of its release, including over 22 million views on Facebook.[72]

The pilot was screened at ABC's PaleyFest event on September 9, 2017.[73] On March 22, 2018, members of the cast as well as executive producers Shore and Kim attended the 35th annual PaleyFest LA to promote the series, along with a screening of the season finale of the first season.[74]



No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Burnt Food" September 25, 2017 2.2/9 11.22[20] 2.2 7.86 4.4 19.21[75]
2 "Mount Rushmore" October 2, 2017 2.2/9 10.93[21] 2.1 7.21 4.3 18.12[76]
3 "Oliver" October 9, 2017 2.0/7 10.69[22] 2.2 7.53 4.2 18.22[77]
4 "Pipes" October 16, 2017 2.0/8 10.60[23] 2.1 7.34 4.1 17.96[78]
5 "Point Three Percent" October 23, 2017 1.8/7 10.39[24] 2.0 7.10 3.8 17.50[79]
6 "Not Fake" October 30, 2017 1.9/7 10.60[25] 2.0 6.93 3.9 17.51[80]
7 "22 Steps" November 13, 2017 1.9/7 10.14[26] 1.9 6.92 3.8 17.14[81]
8 "Apple" November 20, 2017 1.8/7 9.97[27] 1.8 6.98 3.6 16.99[82]
9 "Intangibles" November 27, 2017 1.7/7 9.25[28] 1.8 6.66 3.5 15.91[83]
10 "Sacrifice" December 4, 2017 1.6/7 9.03[29] 1.8 6.67 3.4 15.74[84]
11 "Islands Part One" January 8, 2018 1.6/6 8.30[30] 1.8 7.10 3.4 15.40[85]
12 "Islands Part Two" January 15, 2018 1.7/6 9.33[31] 1.8 6.66 3.5 16.00[86]
13 "Seven Reasons" January 22, 2018 1.7/7 9.61[32] 1.9 6.91 3.6 16.53[87]
14 "She" February 5, 2018 1.7/7 9.63[33] 1.8 7.07 3.5 16.71[88]
15 "Heartfelt" February 26, 2018 1.3/5 7.82[34] 1.8 6.84 3.1 14.66[89]
16 "Pain" March 12, 2018 1.8/7 9.88[35] 1.5 6.23 3.3 16.12[90]
17 "Smile" March 19, 2018 1.6/6 9.03[36] 1.5 6.39 3.1 15.42[91]
18 "More" March 26, 2018 1.7/6 9.52[37] 1.6 6.32 3.3 15.85[92]

The series premiere earned a 2.2/9 rating in the 18- to 49-year-old demographic, with 11.22 million total viewers, making it the most watched Monday drama debut on ABC in 21 years, since Dangerous Minds in September 1996, and the highest rated Monday drama in the 18–49 demographic in 8.5 years, since Castle in March 2009.[93] Factoring live plus seven-day ratings, the pilot was watched by a total of 19.2 million viewers and set a record for DVR viewers with 7.9 million, surpassing the record of 7.67 million set by the pilot of Designated Survivor in 2016.[94] According to TV Guide's November 13–26 issue, the October 9 episode attracted 18.2 million viewers, beating out both high-rated CBS shows NCIS and The Big Bang Theory for the most viewed primetime show that week.[95]

Seasonal ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Monday 10:00 pm 18 September 25, 2017 (2017-09-25) 11.22[20] March 26, 2018 (2018-03-26) 9.52[37] 2017–18 TBD 16.72
2 18[96] September 24, 2018 (2018-09-24)[97] TBD TBA TBD 2018–19 TBD TBD

Critical response[edit]

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 60% approval rating with an average rating of 5.62/10 based on 40 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "The Good Doctor's heavy-handed bedside manner undermines a solid lead performance, but under all the emotionally manipulative gimmickry, there's still plenty of room to improve."[98] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 53 out of 100 based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[99]

Giving his first impression of the series' pilot for TVLine, Matt Webb Mitovich stated, "The Good Doctor boasts great DNA... [and] has the potential to be a refreshingly thought-provoking hospital drama, based on the buttons pushed in the pilot alone." He enjoyed the "warm dynamic" of Schiff and Highmore, while describing Thomas' character as "our emotional 'in' to Shaun's distinct, distant world". He noted that "it takes a while to build up momentum", but concluded that "the very final scene packs quite a punch, as Dr. Murphy unwittingly puts a colleague on notice".[100]

The New York Times television critic, James Poniewozik, notes in his Critic's Notebook column, that for the most part the drama is a "hospital melodrama with whiz-bang medical science, a dash of intra-staff romance and shameless sentimentality." Discussing the main characters of Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) and Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), however, Poniewozik writes that "Mr. Schiff is convincing in the role and Mr. Highmore is striking in his." [101]

Speaking of Freddie Highmore's Golden Globe nomination on Monday, December 11, 2017, for his role in The Good Doctor, Laura Bradley, writing for Vanity Fair says: "... Freddie Highmore received the awards recognition that has long and unjustly eluded him..." Bradley feels that Highmore's performance has been "the central key" to the show's enormous success and while the show had lukewarm reviews, most critics have praised Highmore's work.[102]


Year Association Category Nominee Result Ref.
2018 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Freddie Highmore Nominated [103][104]
Humanitas Prize 60-Minute Category David Shore Won [105]
ASCAP Screen Music Awards Top Network TV series Dan Romer Won [106]
Banff Rockie Awards Scripted Melodrama Series The Good Doctor Won [107]
The Hollywood Reporter Impact Award The Good Doctor Won
Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Actor Freddie Highmore Nominated [108]
Gold Derby Awards Best Drama Actor Freddie Highmore Pending [109]
Seoul International Drama Awards Best Series Drama The Good Doctor Nominated [110]
Best Actor Freddie Highmore Nominated
Best Screenwriter David Shore Nominated


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