Whether they were searching for another "This Is Us" tearjerker or not, fans found one in "The Good Doctor."

"This Is Us" returns tonight (Sept. 26), but last year it was *the* new fall show. It quickly became known for making viewers cry, which is only going to continue in Season 2. Meanwhile, "The Good Doctor" just premiered Monday night on ABC after "Dancing With the Stars." The medical drama comes from the creator of "House," and stars "Bates Motel" lead Freddie Highmore. It's based on the South Korean series of the same name, and follows a surgical resident with autism and savant syndrome.

"The Good Doctor" viewers fell in love with young Dr. Shaun Murphy in the first episode, "Burnt Food," which also made them cry more than they expected. In that respect, and in the heartwarming feel-good factor, the show earned itself many comparisons to "This Is Us."

"The Good Doctor" hasn't wowed critics as much as fans, with reviewers much preferring "This Is Us" (and "House"). "The Good Doctor" Season 1 airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on ABC. "This Is Us" Season 2 airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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The Good Doctor TV Show Poster
The Good Doctor
ABCTV14September 25, 2017
Based on 15 critics

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NBCTV14September 20, 2016
Based on 34 critics

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