Surprisingly, "The Good Doctor" is getting good ratings. At least from viewers who give it a 90% rating. Here are the details.
Real people are engaging with the sentimental series about a young man who is different and had had a horrific childhood. Audiences are even buying that this medical doctor who is serving his residency would survive not editing his comments with the powers that be. Actually, he lacks that ability to censor himself. He's autistic, that is, socially challenged.
However, the new programming is being rated poorly by critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives it 37%.
The number-one complaint might be that it's too Disney for 2017. AMC and HBO have toughened up our expectations about narratives. Walter White and Tony Soprano taught us how the world really works. And the values in "The Good Doctor" don't mirror those.
The hospital culture is often much like that of the legal sector. It is top-down, with those lower on the food chain expected to be subservient. No resident doctor would tell a superior that he is arrogant. That's career suicide.
Also screaming out for a bit of reality is the assumption that any hospital would take on the risk of a surgeon who can't even feign a bedside manner. Research and experience show that when hospital staff, including the medical doctors, demonstrate real caring the probability of malpractice lawsuits is less.
Another beef is that it is painful to observe Shaun Murphy make so many social blunders. One wonders if even fans of this show will have to also tune out such rawness.
Will "The Good Doctor" make it to season-two? I wasn't betting on that. But it looks like it could be a keeper.
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