BY COLIN CRAWFORD
ABC’s “The Good Doctor” follows an autistic man with savant syndrome, Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), as he navigates being a surgeon at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. The series is ongoing but it is based on the South Korean drama of the same name which aired in 2013. This show is a breath of fresh air. Highmore gives an incredible performance as Shaun, giving a view into what the life of an autistic person is like and how he copes with it in everyday life. Highmore’s Shaun is so endearing and loveable, it is so hard not to root for him, especially after learning of his traumatic past. Claire Brown (Antonia Thomas), an empathetic doctor whose knack for communicating with others is evident in her close relationship with Shaun, also gives a shining performance. While the storyline for season two was somewhat convoluted, season one is a must-see. Watching Shaun build his own relationships and become a better person and doctor in his time at St. Bonaventure is so rewarding to watch. As expected of a medical drama, some episodes are more questionable than others and the suspension of disbelief might falter a little bit depending on the episode. It is important to recognize that it is not necessary to be a savant in order to be a successful person with autism, which the show does not always reinforce. Overall, “The Good Doctor” is a great medical drama and a good show to watch with family.