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The Best Episodes of 'The Good Doctor'

Updated October 11, 2021 1.1k votes 96 voters 2.7k views73 items

List RulesVote up your favorite episodes of The Good Doctor to air.

There are so many additively gripping episodes of The Good Doctor that suck you in from the first minute of the episode, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Pipes" the best, or is "Seven Reasons" your favorite episode of The Good Doctor? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of The Good Doctor are, let's rank every The Good Doctor episode from best to worst.

The Good Doctor is a medical drama series from the mind of David Shore and is based on a South Korean series of the same name. The story follows Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young savant surgical resident working at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. The Good Doctor premiered on ABC on September 25, 2017. The series has been nominated for several awards, including a Golden Globe and a GLAAD Media Award.

Vote up your favorite episodes of The Good Doctor, and vote down any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be tricky to put one episode of The Good Doctor over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • 1
    December 3, 2018
    61
    9

    Season2

    Episode Number10

    Dr. Shaun Murphy and Dr. Alex Park treat two patients who collapse at the local airport and whose symptoms point to an infection that may become airborne. The staff races to contain the infection before it spreads to the rest of the patients in the ER, resulting in a hospital quarantine during the holidays.

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  • 2
    March 11, 2019
    50
    10

    Season2

    Episode Number18

    As a barroom fight sends Dr. Shaun Murphy to seek treatment at St. Bonaventure’s, Dr. Alex Park and Dr. Audrey Lim disagree over an elderly woman’s post-operative symptoms. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Lim make their romance public, and Dr. Aaron Glassman continues to pursue a relationship with a good friend.

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  • 3
    March 30, 2020
    51
    14

    Season3

    Episode Number20

    The staff of St. Bonaventure Hospital works against time and their own personal safety to save the lives of those around them.

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  • 4
    January 14, 2019
    35
    0

    Season2

    Episode Number11

    The hospital is still in quarantine as Dr. Shaun Murphy continues to be overwhelmed by the chaos and noise in the emergency room; Dr. Morgan Reznick struggles to keep her patients alive, and Dr. Audrey Lim fights for her life. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Claire Browne must find a way to complete their patient’s bone marrow transplant, despite the quarantine.

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  • 5
    March 4, 2019
    42
    11

    Season2

    Episode Number17

    Dr. Shaun Murphy is desperate to join the team on a dangerous procedure involving a patient’s tumor removal. However, having been removed from the surgery team by Dr. Jackson Han, Shaun must use his talents to help figure out the cause of an infant’s injuries.

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  • 6
    February 4, 2019
    42
    14

    Season2

    Episode Number14

    Dr. Andrews tries to convince a grieving family to donate their teenage daughter’s face to another young girl whose face was horribly disfigured in an accident.

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  • 7
    September 25, 2017
    34
    6

    Season1

    Episode Number1

    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.

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  • 8
    March 26, 2018
    35
    13

    Season1

    Episode Number18

    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.

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  • 9
    December 2, 2019
    27
    6

    Season3

    Episode Number10

    Shaun visits his father on his deathbed and the family reunion reveals unexpected results. Melendez, Park, Reznick and Claire treat an injured star NFL player with severe spinal damage. Claire addresses her mental health.

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  • 10
    November 20, 2017
    25
    4

    Season1

    Episode Number8

    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.

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  • 11
    March 23, 2020
    31
    11

    Season3

    Episode Number19

    The city of San Jose is rocked by a massive earthquake that puts the staff of St. Bonaventure Hospital on high alert as they race to assess the damage and account for the safety of their colleagues and friends. Meanwhile, Dr. Neil Melendez and Dr. Aaron Glassman are attending a charity event when their lives are threatened by the earthquake.

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  • 12
    October 23, 2017
    31
    16

    Season1

    Episode Number5

    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.

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  • 13
    October 7, 2019
    26
    10

    Season3

    Episode Number3

    Dr. Claire Brown faces complications at home and work as she prepares to lead her first surgery. Meanwhile, a sports fishing accident challenges the rest of the staff as they look to treat the fisherman’s injuries without damaging his prize catch.

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  • 14
    October 30, 2017
    21
    7

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    Episode Number6

    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.

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  • 15
    October 2, 2017
    20
    6

    Season1

    Episode Number2

    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.

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  • 16
    December 4, 2017
    19
    4

    Season1

    Episode Number10

    A charming young doctor puts a member of the surgical team in an awkward position at work; Dr. Glassman suggests that Dr. Shaun Murphy meet with a therapist.

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  • 17
    October 1, 2018
    24
    14

    Season2

    Episode Number2

    As Shaun pushes back against Dr. Melendez in order to treat a gravely ill hospital janitor, Dr. Lim risks a lawsuit to repair a teenage girl’s ritual circumcision. Dr. Glassman exercises demanding oversight in choosing a doctor for his brain surgery.

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  • 18
    January 20, 2020
    13
    0

    Season3

    Episode Number12

    Shaun, Morgan, and Audrey treat a 25-yo runner with severe swelling, Carly determines a cause and joins the case. Meanwhile, Alex, Claire, and Neil treat two 16-yo cancer patients who are dating. Shaun and Carly also work on intimacy.

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  • 19
    November 13, 2017
    27
    18

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    Episode Number7

    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.

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  • 20
    September 24, 2018
    19
    9

    Season2

    Episode Number1

    Shaun’s proposed treatment for a homeless patient puts him and Dr. Kalu in Dr. Andrews’ crosshairs. Claire tries to overcome Dr. Melendez’s reluctance to do a risky heart operation. Dr. Glassman faces a difficult decision about his health.

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  • 21
    February 24, 2020
    13
    1

    Season3

    Episode Number16

    When Dr. Shaun Murphy makes an emotional confession, the result may not be as desired. Meanwhile, he becomes obsessed with performing an autopsy on a Jane Doe, which challenges his relationships at the hospital; and Dr. Claire Browne, Dr. Morgan Reznick and Dr. Marcus Andrews treat a male college student with a mysterious split personality disorder.

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  • 22
    March 9, 2020
    13
    1

    Season3

    Episode Number18

    Claire and Shaun treat a patient with a rare form of dwarfism. Reznick, Lim and Park treat a young man who had both arms torn off in a previous farming accident. Shaun reacts to an emotional situation.

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  • 23
    October 8, 2018
    17
    9

    Season2

    Episode Number3

    Dr. Melendez, Dr. Brown and Dr. Park have given a young married couple two choices about their future: save the wife’s life or their future ability to start a family. Meanwhile, when Dr. Lim has to take care of some personal business, she leaves oversight of the emergency room to Dr. Murphy and Dr. Reznick; and Dr. Glassman’s post-op recovery leaves him struggling to get the rest he needs for recovery and also confronting his relationship with his daughter.

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  • 24
    October 15, 2018
    11
    3

    Season2

    Episode Number4

    Shaun recalls his own past to help an intellectually disabled teenager face separation from his mother, while Claire is put between an injured teenage rock climber and her worried parents. Meanwhile, Glassman’s post-op hallucinations force him to confront a personal tragedy.

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  • 25
    March 19, 2018
    11
    4

    Season1

    Episode Number17

    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.

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