Shaun Murphy, a young autistic surgeon who has savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the surgical unit at the prestigious San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital — a move strongly supported by his mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman. Having survived a troubled childhood, Shaun is alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, but he finds his niche using his extraordinary medical skill and intuition to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.
This is the kind of show I want to say is good, but it’s really just a paint by numbers/inspiration porn kind of show, where we feel better about watching someone with a disability be inspiring simply because they have a disability. It has some great actors who make it a good series and keep you interested, but the plot is predictable.
Notable Queer-Centric Episodes
- Season 1, Episode 6 “Not A Fake” – Lesbians are in a bus crash. One dies.
- Season 1, Episode 14 “She” – A transgender patient is treated by Shaun. It goes terribly.
- Season 4, Episode 9 “Irresponsible Salad Bar Practices” – A trans man with a massive tumour is still flagged as female in the system. He also has a tumour which is exacerbated by a surprise pregnancy.