In Season 2 of the show we see Shaun deftly treating several different types of patients, from a homeless guy to hospital janitor. He continues to face challenges with his brilliance and generosity. Just like in season 1, we see Shaun getting into conflicts with other hospital staff in the second season as well. Towards the end of season, we witness how Dr. Jackson Han, the new chief of surgery, tries to keep Shaun out of the operating room permanently because he believes him to be more of a liability than an asset.

Season 3 continued to focus on medical and relationship challenges of surgical residents at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Though it is expected that the show might turn its focus on Shaun’s quest to find love for himself, which will be a stark departure from how the show has played till now. Nonetheless, it will be interesting to see how Shaun tackles this new challenge.

Should You Watch ‘The Good Doctor’?

The series deftly fills the genre of medical shows, which deal less with medicine and more with drama that goes on in the hospitals. However, this series stands apart from the rest, as it goes on to show brilliance of an autistic doctor. Most importantly, the show gets the details of autism correct, ensuring that the portrayal is not only sensitive but also comes across as resonant to those within the community.

On the website Autism Speaks, it has been mentioned, “The Good Doctor does a fine job of navigating this razor’s edge. Several characteristics that can accompany an autism diagnosis such as social awkwardness, lack of eye contact, playing with his hands during stressful situations. Freddie’s take will resonate with many in the community.”

The episodes are mostly formulaic, wherein a new patient who needs saving is brought in, and the doctors try their best, while also romancing each other. Shaun is often chastised for his erratic behaviors but ultimately ends up being the hero who saves the day.

The series does not shy away from sentimentality, and that is something that appeals to the fans. However, what is most remarkable about the show is the message of acceptance and the celebration of people who might often be marginalized and mistreated in society, that is, autistic people. Autism is rather common, but it often results in the person with the problem being ridiculed. ‘The Good Doctor’ attempts to turn that around, showing how human and how brilliant they can be.

What has struck a chord with the fans, has, however, not gone down too well with the critics. Those who have to objectively judge the show, stripping it of its sentimental value, have been not too pleased with they have seen. As a result, there have been several comparisons drawn to shows like ‘Grey’s Anatomy‘. However, this series holds its own unique spot, and hopefully, in the upcoming seasons, it will continue in a similar way, and we will see our good doctor save more lives, as we get to know about his past and childhood a little better.