The Best Episodes of The Good Doctor

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2018

Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital's surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.


#1 - More

Season 1 - Episode 18

The team at St. Bonaventure needs to quickly discover the truth behind a young college student’s unexplained injuries before his condition worsens. Meanwhile, after losing his most prized possession, Shaun’s distraction during a surgical procedure may end up risking more than just his job.

star 8.13
1,629 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
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Burnt Food

#2 - Burnt Food

Season 1 - Episode 1

Dr. Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join the prestigious St. Bonaventure hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, his only advocate, Dr. Aaron Glassman, challenges the skepticism and prejudices of the hospital’s board and staff when he brings him in to join the team. Shaun will need to work harder than he ever has before, as he navigates his new environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his extraordinary medical gifts will save lives.

star 8.01
4,744 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
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Mount Rushmore

#3 - Mount Rushmore

Season 1 - Episode 2

Dr. Shaun Murphy’s attention to detail complicates his first day at St. Bonaventure Hospital. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne learns a valuable lesson about honesty when confronted with a difficult diagnosis for her patient.

star 7.99
4,219 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
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#4 - Smile

Season 1 - Episode 17

Dr. Shaun Murphy questions the need for an elective surgery that will allow his young patient to smile for the first time. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Brown and Dr. Morgan Reznick discover that their patient lied about her identity.

star 7.92
1,672 votes
Directors: Bill D’Elia
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22 Steps

#5 - 22 Steps

Season 1 - Episode 7

Dr. Shaun Murphy has to confront prejudice from an unlikely source when he takes on the case of a patient with autism, and Dr. Jared Kalu has to learn to accept his limitations as a surgeon.

star 7.92
2,827 votes
Directors: David Straiton
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Not Fake

#6 - Not Fake

Season 1 - Episode 6

Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Claire Browne devise an experimental procedure that can save the leg and life of a young groom, that is if his bride-to-be and parents can learn to work together. Meanwhile, Jared struggles to emotionally connect with his patient whose scars may prove too deep to overcome.

star 7.91
3,127 votes
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#7 - Apple

Season 1 - Episode 8

During a robbery at the grocery mart Dr. Shaun Murphy is shopping at, his communication limitations puts lives at risk. Meanwhile, after Shaun’s traumatic day, Dr. Aaron Glassman worries that he isn’t doing enough to help Shaun.

star 7.91
2,638 votes
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#8 - Intangibles

Season 1 - Episode 9

As part of St. Bonaventure hospital’s international humanitarian program, the team takes on the case of a young boy from the Congo who has severe congenital heart anomalies. Dr. Neil Melendez has doubts about the safety of the procedure, while Dr. Shaun Murphy works out the best course of action. Meanwhile, Murphy’s latest encounter with his neighbor Lea has him confused.

star 7.89
2,551 votes
Directors: Bronwen Hughes
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Islands: Part Two

#9 - Islands: Part Two

Season 1 - Episode 12

The twins suffer complications from their surgery forcing the team to make a life-changing decision. Shaun returns to the hospital after his trip with Lea and decides he needs a more permanent change – and gives Dr. Glassman his two weeks’ notice.

star 7.89
2,128 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
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#10 - Sacrifice

Season 1 - Episode 10

Members of the hospital’s surgical team are initially impressed with a charming young doctor, but his true character puts one of them in an awkward position at work. Meanwhile, Dr. Glassman feels Dr. Shaun Murphy needs a little more support with his personal life and suggests he meet with a therapist. However, Shaun is determined to show him that he can do it on his own.

star 7.89
2,451 votes
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#11 - Oliver

Season 1 - Episode 3

Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Jared Kalu discover their patient isn’t being completely honest with them which may cost him his chance at a life-saving surgery. Meanwhile, Dr. Claire Browne must learn to communicate with Dr. Shaun Murphy as they race back to St. Bonaventure Hospital with a donated organ.

star 7.86
3,910 votes
Directors: John Dahl
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Point Three Percent

#12 - Point Three Percent

Season 1 - Episode 5

While in the exam area of St. Bonaventure Hospital, Dr. Shaun Murphy encounters a young patient who looks eerily similar to his deceased brother, Steve. After discovering his parents have hidden his diagnosis from him, Shaun struggles to understand why he doesn’t deserve to hear the truth about his own health. Meanwhile, the team can’t figure out what keeps triggering their patients’ increasingly severe allergic reactions and races to find the cause before the next one kills another patient.

star 7.85
3,377 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
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#13 - Pipes

Season 1 - Episode 4

Dr. Neil Melendez and the team have to wade through legal waters when a husband and wife have to make a life-changing decision about their unborn child. Meanwhile, Dr. Shaun Murphy struggles to adjust to his new environment at home and makes a huge step forward with his colleagues.

star 7.83
3,671 votes
Directors: Stephen DePaul
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Seven Reasons

#14 - Seven Reasons

Season 1 - Episode 13

Shaun suspects his patient is lying about the reason for her injury and makes a controversial assumption about her motives. Dr. Melendez’s personal life could be affecting his work and, ultimately, his patients lives.

star 7.80
2,112 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
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#15 - She

Season 1 - Episode 14

Shaun is surprised to learn that his young cancer patient identifies as a girl while being biologically male. He must quickly learn to understand his patient, her medical needs and how to work with her family, who all feel they know what is best for her.

star 7.79
1,986 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
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Islands: Part One

#16 - Islands: Part One

Season 1 - Episode 11

Dr. Marcus Andrews enlists Dr. Neil Melendez on a very sensitive kidney transplant between a pair of twins; Dr. Shaun Murphy decides to take an impromptu trip with his friend Lea and leave his problems behind.

star 7.76
2,246 votes
Directors: Bill D’Elia
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#17 - Pain

Season 1 - Episode 16

When the team treats a patient who has to decide between a dangerous surgery that could change his life or remain the same, he asks Dr. Shaun Murphy what he would if he had that same choice.

star 7.74
1,711 votes
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#18 - Heartfelt

Season 1 - Episode 15

Dr. Shaun Murphy's teenage patient has been confined to her home her entire life due to a rare heart condition. Despite her condition, she has cultivated a large group of friends online and hopes that the surgical team can find a way to give her the life she has always dreamed of having. Meanwhile, a young patient's perfectly matched organ donor is causing a moral dilemma for the parents and the patient.

star 7.74
1,824 votes
Directors: Regina King
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