The Good Doctor: Pilot - Burnt Food
September 25, 2017 8:29 PM - Season 1, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Shaun relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital, but he faces skepticism from the hospital's boar and staff in the series premiere of this drama about a talented young surgeon with savant syndrome.
posted by oh yeah! (11 comments total)
Well, this was fairly terrible, but I'm must admit I kind of liked it. I mean, its depiction of autism is... well, it's not what I normally think of inspiration-porn as being, but, it's pretty cringe-inducing.

But my last medical-procedural was Royal Pains, so, I expect I will keep watching this one.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:45 AM on September 26, 2017 [2 favorites]

I loved Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel, so I was ready to be excited about his new show, but the premise is just extremely off-putting. I still haven't figured out if it's worth actually trying to watch this one or not.
posted by tobascodagama at 6:38 AM on September 26, 2017

I was hoping for something with the energy of HOUSE but nope, this was kind of a by-the-book ABC soap. Freddie was magnificent but the slow pace, paper-thin villians, and the melodrama really put me off.
posted by Ber at 12:04 PM on September 26, 2017 [1 favorite]

As the parent of an autistic child, just seeing another "magical" autistic savant show makes me want to die. Fucking vampires.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 9:20 PM on September 27, 2017 [3 favorites]

Well, aren't you all glad that we're done with the superhero thing and are back to doing ORIGINAL programming?
posted by happyroach at 12:04 AM on September 28, 2017

I'm watching the episode right now more out of curiosity than anything else because I'm an avid Korean drama watcher and this is the first American remake of a Korean drama. So far it's pretty faithful to the original, which oddly pleases me (never have I ever before been happy to see a bunny die, but it was one of those "ohhhh, yes, so they are keeping that plot!" moment). I'm not particularly bothered by the "savant" aspect because that's such a common trait in K-dramas (every hero is a genius!), although I feel like the autism should be better handled since disorders are still generally considered taboo in Korea.

It seems to be doing well in the ratings, at least:

The Good Doctor ranks as ABC’s most watched Monday drama debut in 21 years, since Dangerous Minds in September 1996, and highest rated in 18-49 in 8.5 years, since Castle in March 2009.

I'm not really a fan of medical shows so I don't know if I'll keep watching, but I'll still be rooting for it to do well out my love of K-drama (since there have been many other show rights purchased for potential adaptations, so if this does well, it will be interesting to see if those dramas will eventually -- and successfully -- make the transition to Hollywood).
posted by paisley sheep at 6:48 AM on September 28, 2017

I got sucked into the first half of episode 2; looking forward to watching the rest and giving the series a shot.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 5:37 AM on October 4, 2017

I thought the second episode was an improvement over the pilot, in that Shaun seemed slightly more like an actual human being than a walking trope. But I don’t feel any urge to post weekly episode threads to discuss/analyze the show, I think it’s just going to be a junk food guilty pleasure kind of show. It’s been picked up for a full season order already though, so maybe it will improve further.
posted by oh yeah! at 8:39 AM on October 4, 2017

This is nakedly sentimental in a way that would make Greg House vomit.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:22 PM on October 9, 2017

Just checking in on the procedural starring the quirky white guy who sees things a little differently and solves problems with the help of his minority and/or female sidekick(s).
posted by ODiV at 12:43 PM on October 10, 2017 [3 favorites]

The first few episodes had their moments (mostly from the cast), but the third one was a stinking turd. I think we're noping on out.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 9:40 AM on October 16, 2017

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