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Is ABC's 'The Good Doctor' Based on a True Story?


ABC's hit TV show The Good Doctor follows an autistic surgeon with savant syndrome trying to prove himself to his hospital co-workers. Of course, the show has many dramatic ups and downs as the main character, Shaun Murphy, works to prove he is capable of working in a hospital, despite the fact that he is not neurotypical. 

The story is as heartwarming as it is dramatic, but many wonder: is The Good Doctor based on a true story? Well, not really.

Is The Good Doctor based on a true story? Nope — it's based on a South Korean TV show of the same name.

Actor Daniel Dae Kim, known for his role on Hawaii Five-O, wanted to buy the rights for the show after seeing a show by the same name on South Korean TV. That show also followed an autistic doctor who was trying to prove himself in the medical world despite his co-workers' lack of acceptance of his communication struggles.