After Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) treats a patient who is a social influencer, he deals with unwanted attention. Meanwhile, the team treats a woman who is in abdominal distress after an at-home fecal transplant; and Dr. Carly Lever’s (Jasika Nicole) efforts to separate Shaun from Lea (Paige Spara) are challenged.
Episode title: “Influence”
Release date: Feb 10, 2020 at 10pm/9c
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Tamlyn Tomita, Will Yun Lee, Fiona Gubelmann, Christina Chang, Paige Spara, Jasika Nicole
The Good Doctor is an American medical drama TV series based on the 2013 award-winning South Korean series of the same name. The actor Daniel Dae Kim 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. But 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 medical drama House, to develop the series.
The show is now 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 received a put pilot commitment at ABC and was ordered to series in May 2017. The series debuted on September 25, 2017 and on October 3, 2017, ABC picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes. In March 2018, ABC renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 24, 2018. In February 2019, ABC renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on September 23, 2019. The series is primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia.
The Good Doctor stars Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a young autistic savant surgical resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Will Yun Lee and Tamlyn Tomita also star in the show.
The medical drama series has received mixed reviews from critics, with particular praise given to Highmore’s performance. Highmore received a Golden Globe nomination in 2017 for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, for his brilliant performance as Dr. Shaun Murphy.
The Good Doctor has received some negative reactions for the storylines while the portrayal of autism divided critics. On Rotten Tomatoes season 1 has an approval rating of 62%, with an average rating of 5.65/10 while on Metacritic, season 1 got a weighted average score of 53 out of 100, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.
The series premiere of The Good Doctor was viewed by 11.22 million total viewers, making it the most watched Monday drama debut on ABC in 21 years, since Dangerous Minds in September 1996. It is also the highest rated Monday drama in the 18–49 demographic in 8.5 years, since Castle in March 2009, according to Deadline Hollywood. With live plus seven-day ratings, the pilot of The Good Doctor was watched by a total of 19.2 million viewers and set a record for DVR viewers with 7.9 million, surpassing the record set by the pilot of Designated Survivor in 2016, which got 7.67 million. According to TV Guide, the October 9 episode of The Good Doctor 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.
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