‘The Good Doctor’ is an American medical drama television series based on the 2013 award-winning South Korean series ‘Good Doctor’ by Park Jae-bum. The series airs on ABC and first premiered on September 25, 2017. The show was first noticed by Daniel Dae Kim, known for his role in ‘Hawaii Five-O‘, and he bought the rights for the show with his production company. He began work on the American version of the series and pitched it to CBS in 2015. However, the network decided against the show, but Kim was determined, and later brought on David Shore of ‘Sneaky Pete’ and ‘House’ fame to act as the developer.
Shore Z Productions, 3AD, EnterMedia, ABC Studios, and Sony Pictures Television are the companies backing the project, while Ron French, Freddie Highmore, Konshik Yu, Min Soo Kee, and Shawn Williamson act as the producers. The filming has primarily taken place in Vancouver in British Columbia and David Shore, Seth Gordon, Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, David Kim, Sebastian Lee, Mike Listo, and Thomas L. Moran are on board as the executive producers of the series.
The story centers around an autistic savant surgical resident employed at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Despite his own problems, the doctor goes above and beyond in his field of work, saving lives, serving as an inspiration for all. The series has attracted fans from all over, especially people who in their own ways sympathize or empathize with the condition of autism. However, based on critical reviews of the show, there is scope for improvement, although it gets the sentimentality and the emotional manipulation just right. In some cases, bedside manners are a little heavy and undercut the potential of the plot.
The Good Doctor Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘The Good Doctor’ includes Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a young savant autistic surgical resident at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. He has a nearly photographic memory and is able to note minute details and changes. Notably, Highmore’s performance over the seasons has been astonishing, and has not only earned praise from the critics but has also won him a nomination for the best actor category at the Golden Globe Awards. Other stars include Antonia Thomas as Claire Brown, a fellow surgical resident, who is known for her empathy and forms a close relationship with Shaun.
Nicholas Gonzalez plays the role of Dr. Neil Melendez who is in charge of the surgical residents, Beau Garrett appears as Jessica Preston, the in-house attorney for the hospital, Hill Harper plays Dr. Marcus Andrews, the President of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital, Richard Schiff plays the role of Dr. Aaron Glassman who has been a good mentor to Shaun since he was 14, and Tamlyn Tomita also stars as Allegra Aoki, the Chairwoman of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital Board, in the show. There are several supporting characters as well who go on to add a degree of richness to the drama.
Hopefully, in the upcoming season, we will see most of the main cast return, although the series is not averse to changing up the main cast, as doctors often leave hospitals and new ones join. We will have to wait and see if new faces are seen at the hospital and what that will mean for the show. However, our good doctor himself will be returning, that much is assured.