Medical dramas have pretty much been a staple of TV since forever. And this year two newbies popped on the scene — The Good Doctor and The Resident — and are both pretty much amazing.
But they’re both super different so if you’re trying to pick which one to watch, then I’ve got you covered. Let the face-off begin!
The Good Doctor
The Lead: Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, an autistic young doctor how to navigate the hospital
Where You Know Him From: Bates Motel
You’ll Love Him Because: He’s completely adorkable and throws himself into every role you takes on. As Shaun, he’s super lovable and you’ll find yourself rooting for him every time
You’ll Love the Show If: You like low-key drama without being too soap-opera-y and a heart warming story.
Shows It’s Like: House, MD. The two shows actually have the same producer and The Good Doctor is essentially House if you replace a grumpy doctor with an autistic one.
The Bottom Line: The Good Doctor is very entertaining and everyone is excellent in their roles. But it’s not juicy enough to make me excited each week for it to air. I’ll usually watch it once I’ve watched everyhting else from that day.
The Lead: Matt Czuchry as Conrad Hawkins, a badass, rule-breaking doctor showing a new intern the ropes
Where You Know Him From: Gilmore Girls, The Good Wife
You’ll Love Him Because: Um, look at him! He’s sexy as hell plus a damn good actor. He’ll make you feel all the feels every time.
You’ll Love This Show If: You love serious drama, romantic intrigue, tear-worthy scenes, and badass babes
Shows It’s Like: The Good Wife and This is Us. Same level of drama, twists, and turns. Will definitely make you cry every few episodes.
Bottom Line: This show is juicy AF, but can also cross the line into soap-opera territory. But Matt Czuchry is so unbelievably charismatic and charming, he just lights up the entire screen. His chemistry with Emily VanCamp is not the best, but the rest of the show makes up for it.
Sorry, Freddie but I got to go with The Resident this time. The Good Doctor is definitely worth watching but it’s not addictive. The Resident will have you on the edge of your seat. And as soon as the episode ends, you’ll find yourself dying for more.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel and when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her obsessing over her tuxedo cat Tom or hoarding drugstore lipsticks.