The Good Doctor (2017)

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Season 1 episodes (19)

1 Pilot
A young autistic surgeon (Freddie Highmore) who relocates from Wyoming to California to complete his medical training relies on his top-notch skills to disprove his colleagues’ skepticism.
2 Mount Rushmore
When prejudices about his autism force Shaun (Freddie Highmore) to sit on the sidelines at St. Bonaventure, his colleagues don’t hesitate to claim credit for his ideas.
3 Oliver
As Shaun (Freddie Highmore) and Claire (Antonia Thomas) improvise to preserve a liver for a transplant, Andrews (Hill Harper) is pressured to partner with Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) on a wealthy patient’s routine surgery.
4 Pipes
Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez) takes a risk to save a mother and her unborn child, placing the hospital in legal jeopardy. As Shaun (Freddie Highmore) struggles to adjust to his new life, he and Claire (Antonia Thomas) team up to treat a teenage porn actress.
5 Point Three Percent
After bonding with a young patient, Shaun suspects that he’s been misdiagnosed with a fatal form of brain cancer. An elderly patient’s allergic reaction exposes a longstanding rift with his son.
6 Not Fake
Shaun and Claire devise an experimental procedure capable of saving a young groom's leg and life, but the patient's loved ones must learn to work together. Meanwhile, Jared struggles to connect with a patient whose scars may prove too deep to overcome.
7 22 Steps
Dr. Shaun Murphy has to confront prejudice from an unlikely 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.
8 Apple
During a robbery at the grocery mart Dr. Shaun Murphy 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.
9 Intangibles
Shaun and Melendez team up to devise a heart surgery to save a gravely ill African boy. A missing tissue sample leaves a young mother facing potentially unnecessary surgery.
10 Sacrifice
Members of the hospital's surgical team are initially impressed with a charming young doctor, but his true character puts one of them in an awkward position at work. Meanwhile, Glassman feels Shaun needs a little more support with his personal life and suggests he meet with a therapist. However, Shaun is determined to show him that he can do it on his own
11 Islands Part One
Dr. Marcus Andrews enlists Dr. Neil Melendez on a very sensitive kidney transplant between a pair of twins whose lives intersect in more ways than one. Meanwhile, overwhelmed by Dr. Aaron Glassman's attempts to have him meet with a therapist and the demands at work, Dr. Shaun Murphy decides to take an impromptu trip with his friend Lea and leave everything behind.
12 Islands Part Two
The twins suffer complications from their surgery forcing the team 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.
13 Seven Reasons
Dr. Shaun Murphy suspects his patient is lying about the 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.
14 She
As Shaun and Jared debate how to treat a twelve-year-old transgender girl’s cancer, Claire and a competitive new resident must work together to save a single father from a drug-resistant super bug.
15 Heartfelt
An operation to correct a teenager's heart defect puts Shaun and Dr. Morgan at odds. A new resident's experience as a police officer leads him to doubt an imprisoned killer's motives for wanting to be an organ donor.
16 Pain
When the team treats a patient who has to decide 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 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.
18 More
Distracted by some troubling news about Glassman (Richard Schiff), Shaun (Freddie Highmore) makes a mistake that could end his career.
101 Sneak Peek
Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant 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 (Richard Schiff), 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.

About this show

Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital's surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.

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Deborah Fisher
February 23, 2018
I used to babysit my friends 4 yr old autistic son. He would not look into the eyes of anyone. I played a game with him. I was the ridges tree & when he climbed to the top he got to see me &,him looking into the mirror & he even stared back at me as I looked into his eyes only into the mirror. He laughed so hard & smiled so very big & was having the fun & nice emotional few happy tears reactions getting to exchange our PERSONAILITY BY LAUGHING WITH EACH OTHER AS WE STARED AT EACH OTHER AS WE PLAYED, "CLIMB TO THE TOP OF TREE DEBBIE & WE WILL BOTH SEE WHAT'S AT THE TOP OF THE TREE AS WE BOTH LOOKED INTO THE MIRROR I PUT ON WALK ACROSS FROM MY FACE. HE CLJMBED MY RIDGE TREE LIKE BODY UP TO 5 FEET 3 1/4 INCHES BACK IN THE EARLY FALL OF 1981. I'LL NEVER FORGET MY FRIEND ANDY .... THE BOY WITH AUTISM WHO TAUGHT ME HOW TO HELP HIM FEEL LAUGHTER, & LOTS OF HAPPINESS & TAUGHT ME HOW I ENJOYED LAUGHING WITH HIM. I WAS SO VERY PROUD OF HIM!! I'M STILL PROUD OF MY FRIEND ANDY!
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Catherine Fowler
April 2, 2020
Autistic people were not put here to be used as a gimmik to sell a TV show. Also, Shaun was a far too understanding when a young Autistic patient was murdered by the parents in the hospital. This happens in real life all the time. The show is sickening. I Am Autistic and hate this series. It is produced by Autism speaks. That thinks the way to "cure" Autism is to abort babies who have it.
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December 13, 2017
Spoiler alert. Thinking outside the box. Although I'm certainly no screenwriter, after watching episode 9 it would be interesting to find that Dr. Murphy did indeed leave. Maybe only for a while, but speculating on the dramatic possibilities of such a development, it would be refreshing and entertaining to watch the character's interactions with people outside of the hospital environment and perhaps gain and grow somewhat from those experiences. Meanwhile, I guess it would be up to the actual screenwriters to make sure that the characters back at the hospital have an interesting enough storyline to stand alone for a while, and I suppose it would be an opportunity to further develop their characters.
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