Prepare to fall in love with 'The Good Doctor' with Channel seven announcing that it has acquired the rights to broadcast this compelling medical drama.
Starring 'Bates Motel' Freddie Highmore, the young heartthrob plays a gifted surgeon with autism and savant syndrome. His character, Shaun, relocates from a quiet country life when he is recruited to join the pediatric surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.
'The Good Doctor' does admirable work of briefly showing Shaun’s discomfort at the crowd and the noises of a busy airport, but once he’s focused in on saving a young boy’s life he’s completely at ease.
We think Freddie Highmore is perfectly cast as Shaun, because Highmore is excellent at playing characters who are uncomfortable in this world. As Norman Bates on 'Bates Motel', he was a strange though likable guy who, yes, was also a murderer, but in his defense he didn’t realise he was one until late in the series. As Shaun Murphy, Highmore is again stilted and awkward, as he navigates a new job at the hospital and everything that comes with it.
Shaun exists not only to make patients better, but, apparently, to make everyone around him a better person. And that's an accomplishment indeed.