The Good Doctor

TV Show • 2017 • Drama  

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A young surgeon with Savant syndrome is recruited into the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital. The question will arise: can a person who doesn't have the ability to relate to people actually save their lives?
This tv show contains 55 potentially triggering events.
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Season
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Your Triggers
Does the dog die?
216 supporters
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5
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librarypunk
S6
 E11
A dog is hit by a car and limps away injured in opening scene.
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Unanswered Triggers
Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
49 supporters
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Is an animal sad?
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Is there on-screen pooping?
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Are there sudden loud noises?
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Is there decapitation?
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sheregenerated13
S1
 E14
Idk if i'd say outed since the adult present (grandma) with the teenager/patient was aware (transphobic comments, but aware). We/viewers find out the person is trans when they are doing their exam and lift up the sheet/covering and are surprised. Then it's discussed and there is misgendering, questions, etc. Transgender care wasn't part of the residents' medical training and there are varying reactions (autistic main character misgenders and asks repeated questions, another resident corrects him and tries to stop the questioning & misgendering, etc.) The patient has been on puberty blockers but the parents (not present) didn't want the grandma to know.
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Are there end credit scenes?
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Is there BDSM?
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Is someone abused with a belt?
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Are any hands damaged?
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Abandonment
Is a child abandoned by a parent?
21 supporters
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0
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24
Abuse
Yes
11
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2
1
Unhinged.but.handsome
Dr. Shaun Murphy's father and mother. The mother enabled it
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sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
When Shaun goes back to see his father around 34-36 minutes into s3e10, he says he forgives him. The father (who has appeared apologetic in this episode thus far) then reverts and it's super triggering. I wish I just skipped the whole episode, but I don't think anyone noted it here so I didn't know to. I hope this helps someone avoid being triggered!
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Is someone stalked?
22 supporters
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26
Is there domestic violence?
56 supporters
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13
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18
Yes
0
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Yes
18
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5
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sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
When Shaun goes back to see his father around 34-36 minutes into s3e10, he says he forgives him. The father (who has acted apologetic in this episode thus far) then goes back to being overtly awful and it's super triggering.
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Is a child abused?
73 supporters
Yes
25
No
18
3
Yes. Main character goes through physical and emotional abuse in childhood flashbacks.
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Addiction
0
AdrianadB
S6
 E9
The episode ends with a drug overdose
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Is there addiction?
9 supporters
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13
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10
2
LionChild
At least one patient character mentions having had a drug addiction, and as such refuses anesthesia, in the fear she might relapse.
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Yes
13
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13
2
A big part of the plot in the third season is one character’s mother who has an alcohol addiction
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
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1
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23
Does a horse die?
57 supporters
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Yes
1
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29
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
102 supporters
Yes
30
No
20
3
LionChild
A pet rabbit is thrown against a wall, and an audible crack can be heard, indicating the rabbit's neck is broken.
The rabbit is shown later in a doctor's office, but no blood is ever shown.
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Are animals abused?
119 supporters
Yes
24
No
20
4
LionChild
A pet rabbit is forcibly grabbed by the scruff, and thrown against the wall.
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0
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31
Yes
19
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21
0
SleepyBagpuss
S1
 E1
Dead pet rabbit
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Are rabbits harmed?
41 supporters
Yes
21
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1
3
S1
 E1
A rabbit is killed by being thrown at a wall.
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Does a cat die?
107 supporters
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28
Does a pet die?
93 supporters
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28
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20
1
Shaun’s pet rabbit is killed by being thrown at a wall in S1 E1
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Does a dragon die?
17 supporters
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31
Are there spiders?
30 supporters
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26
Are there snakes?
11 supporters
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2
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25
Are there bugs?
19 supporters
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8
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21
1
S3 ep 1, a patient has an infection with maggots
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Assault
Is someone drugged?
19 supporters
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Yes
7
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2
Is there pedophilia?
70 supporters
Yes
13
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22
6
S2
 E9
Whole episode is about a pedophile
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Is someone held under water?
11 supporters
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0
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22
Is rape mentioned?
46 supporters
Yes
6
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22
0
TheDogsBreakky
S6
There is an episode where a patient has been raped.
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Yes
12
No
15
2
siaFahren
S1
 E1
In the first few minutes, the main character has a flashback on a soccer field of a boy getting beaten by a group of tweenage kids.
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Yes
18
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10
0
sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
At the end, Shaun has a meltdown and is hitting his foot and head, sort of flailing his arms. His friend comes up behind him and tries to keep him from hurting himself a bit, then ends up hugging him, and holds him firmly. Shaun calms a bit and sort of holds her back. It ends with them in that same position, but lying sideways on top of a bed as Shaun processes and calms/regulates/etc. Friend is trying to be supportive during Shaun's suffering and it's portrayed as working/being helpful.
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Yes
19
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16
2
epithode
S6
 E8
I haven't watched it but went to look what episode this person had tagged. It's episode 8.
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Bodily Harm
Yes
16
No
1
1
LionChild
A character is shown with self harm scars from cutting.
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Yes
3
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0
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sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
No, but note that an athlete has a neck injury in this episode. A few episodes ago there was a severe face injury right at the beginning of it, but I don't recall the episode number.
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Does someone struggle to breathe?
19 supporters
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Yes
12
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0
Is there cannibalism?
26 supporters
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0
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25
Yes
3
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20
0
Unhinged.but.handsome
S3
 E19
A 16-17 year old is crushed to to death during an earthquake, but it's not instant. He bleeds to death.
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Is someone choked?
12 supporters
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0
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11
Yes
6
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23
1
KathrynG
There is an episode in S1 with a car accident in which someone is burnt severely and spends time in a burn unit.
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Is someone buried alive?
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26
Is there body horror?
31 supporters
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0
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3
Is there amputation?
17 supporters
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13
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9
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LionChild
There are cases that result in amputation.
One episode in season one almost ends with amputation of a character's leg, but the leg is ultimately saved.
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25
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LionChild
However, a minor character has a hole drilled in their skull, to relieve pressure from a bleeding under the scalp.
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Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
12 supporters
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2
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22
Is there a hanging?
27 supporters
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0
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27
Does someone asphyxiate?
16 supporters
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Yes
6
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2
Are any teeth damaged?
29 supporters
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Yes
4
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20
Does someone become unconscious?
3 supporters
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Yes
12
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0
Does someone break a bone?
16 supporters
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Yes
14
No
1
Does someone have a seizure?
5 supporters
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Yes
10
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6
0
Hibye
At least two episodes have it as the main topic (male and female). Multiple episodes where medical procedures or surgery is required. A male patient deliberately self harms.
The dialogue and drama may be triggering in these episodes too. It is implied in more than one episode that implies suffering is the price of sexual desire. Women are shamed by themselves and others (but also stood up for.)
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Is there finger/toe mutilation?
33 supporters
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2
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19
Is someone tortured?
59 supporters
Yes
3
No
24
0
Mentions of torturous experiences and practices, but nothing visible
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Does someone fall down stairs?
5 supporters
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22
Yes
14
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19
4
LionChild
The main character's brother dies as a child, falling to the ground from atop a standing train cart.
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Is there eye mutilation?
65 supporters
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1
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23
Is someone stabbed?
7 supporters
Yes
6
No
0
0
sheregenerated13
S1
 E1
I'm not sure about violent attack sort of stabbing since I just started, but note that in episode one an emergency surgery is done with a knife (looks like a box cutter, maybe) in an airport. I expect more blade uses in hospital settings, given it's a medical show.
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Is there excessive gore?
57 supporters
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Yes
2
No
5
Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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0
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22
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
Yes
21
No
6
2
LionChild
The main character's younger brother died when they were kids, falling to the ground from the roof of an old train cart. The fall is shown, and the body after it hits the ground, but the initial impact is not shown.

One episode features a boy that is diagnosed with a severe form of cancer. It is alluded that nothing can be done, and that he will ultimately die. This is not shown on screen however.

A pair of conjoined twins undergo surgery to separate them, which unintentionally results in one of the girls' death. The scene is very emotionally upsetting.
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Is a minor sexualized?
65 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
8 supporters
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3
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8
Yes
5
No
20
1
Unhinged.but.handsome
S3
 E20
Dr. Mendeldez dies after the earthquake
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Does a non-human character die?
16 supporters
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Yes
6
No
21
Does someone die?
11 supporters
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Yes
16
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0
Disability
Is the r-slur used?
24 supporters
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Yes
2
No
23
5
Unhinged.but.handsome
The main character, Dr. Shaun Murphy is played by Freddie Highmore, who is not autistic. That can be very triggering to a lot of people.
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Drugs/Alcohol
Yes
3
No
12
1
Unhinged.but.handsome
S6
 E9
Dr. Perez does at the very end of the episode. He was triggered by him feeling guilty and blaming himself for a bulimic guy almost killing himself when he throws up (he's already caused so much damage to his body)
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Family
Is someone kidnapped?
5 supporters
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Yes
3
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23
Does a parent die?
11 supporters
Yes
15
No
7
2
The other comment is correct, plus another character’s mother dies also in S3, when she is also an adult
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Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
Yes
13
No
13
1
A woman cheats on her husband unknowing why (turns out to be a medical issue)
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Yes
9
No
21
3
S2
 E17
Shaun’s special toy scalpel that means the world to him from his childhood is broken in a meltdown. As an autistic person myself, I had a breakdown over it, it was really triggering!
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Yes
11
No
5
0
sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
Shaun's abusive father, offscreen, due to cancer, if I recall correctly. We see him on his deathbed throughout the episode.
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Fear
Are there jumpscares?
34 supporters
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Yes
2
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24
Is someone possessed?
9 supporters
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0
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25
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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0
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26
2
LionChild
No ghosts per day, but the main character does often see his younger brother, who died when they were children. The brother often appears when the main character is distressed.
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Are there clowns?
9 supporters
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0
No
25
0
sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
There's a lake or something that one of them goes into at night, holds their breath / pretends to drown to trick the other into going into, but has to resurface before the tricked person touches the water. Could be triggering, but note that everyone is fine after / no one drowned, and the camera doesn't go into the water.
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Is trypophobic content shown?
14 supporters
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1
No
23
Are there razors?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
8 supporters
Yes
4
No
1
0
sheregenerated13
S1
 E1
Not sure about razors in other episodes since I just started, but there is an emergency surgery on someone who just got critically injured and he has to use a knife that looks like a box cutter or something razor-like in order to save the injured kid. Note that one line from one of the security officers says something along the lines of him being lucky they didn't just shoot him (tackled to the ground instead.)
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Yes
9
No
0
0
LionChild
In the first season, we see the main character's daily routine, which involves showering.
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Are there mannequins?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
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22
Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
12 supporters
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Yes
4
No
20
Does someone vomit?
60 supporters
Yes
35
No
3
1
Baksilek
S5
S.5 E.12

/32.42 min
----------------------
S.5 E.14

/ watch from 7 min
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Is someone eaten?
20 supporters
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0
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23
Does someone spit?
9 supporters
Yes
10
No
0
0
LionChild
A small scene occurs where the main character (doctor Murphy) is sitting and waiting for a patient to release gas, an indicator that her bowels are working properly after gastrointestinal surgery.
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Is there audio gore?
33 supporters
Yes
9
No
2
0
sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
The athlete lifting 800lbs of weights is unjured when he insists on one more repetition/lift. You hear his bones crack when he is injured.
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Is there farting?
5 supporters
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Yes
3
No
16
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
4 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
27 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Yes
2
No
22
0
sheregenerated13
S1
 E14
No slurs so far but a lot of misgendering from the main character and the stereotypical 'phase' comment is made by the grandma during the first scene with them both. (I am both autistic and trans and have mixed feelings about the rep so far but TBD.)
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sheregenerated13
S2
 E9
In this episode, the residents speculate that the patient may be trans based on the patient being on antiandrogens. However, the patient is not trans. If he were, this scenario could be highly problematic due to harmful stereotypes about trans and LGBTQ+ individuals. Instead, the patient is a cis white man, which is statistically more common. Additionally, the patient self-harms because he struggles with his urges. This content may be triggering for some viewers, so please take care while watching.
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Is there bisexual cheating?
19 supporters
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Yes
0
No
23
Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
1 supporters
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Yes
2
No
26
Yes
16
No
0
0
Unhinged.but.handsome
It's a medical show
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Is there a mental institution scene?
1 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Yes
39
No
1
1
LionChild
The series is a medical drama, so most of the series takes place at a hospital.
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Yes
15
No
1
1
LionChild
Several characters have different forms of cancer at different stages. Some recover, others don't.
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Mental Health
Yes
14
No
6
1
For several episodes a doctor has PTSD from the height of the COVID pandemic
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Does someone have a mental illness?
13 supporters
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Yes
7
No
0
Yes
16
No
14
3
McThunderCockFace
In S3 E2 a female patient with a blood clot is admitted to the hospital. Prior to the surgery, Dr. Brown rolls up the patient’s hospital gown and sees multiple cuts on her thighs
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Yes
39
No
2
18
DeenGray
The show says that autistic people are useless unless they have "savant"-like skills, and that our autism causes us to be bigoted. This is basically what a white suburban Christian mom who runs a mommy blog’s idea of autism is.
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
24 supporters
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Yes
8
No
11
Is there D.I.D. misrepresentation?
13 supporters
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Yes
0
No
22
1
In one episode a man struggles to control his urges around children and decides it’s best to commit suicide as he didn’t want to hurt people

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Is reality unstable or unhinged?
12 supporters
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Yes
5
No
0
Yes
8
No
0
1
Unhinged.but.handsome
Dr. Murphy does on multiple occasions throughout the show
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Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
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Yes
5
No
1
Is there ABA therapy?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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Yes
3
No
17
Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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Yes
10
No
15
Yes
4
No
8
Yes
25
No
1
1
LionChild
The main character is autistic, and experiences meltdowns. These might be interpreted as anxiety attacks by some, as they include heavy breathing, yelling, flailing, crying, and general emotional distress.
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Is there a claustrophobic scene?
14 supporters
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Yes
3
No
13
0
Unhinged.but.handsome
S6
 E9
A young man is bulimic
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Yes
24
No
1
6
LionChild
The main character suffers abuse as a child from his father, mainly grounded in his behavior as autistic. As an adult, he is subject to scrutiny and discrimination from some of his co-workers, but also patients.
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LionChild
A man steps in front of a bus, and is run over.
The scene cuts away just before the bus hits, but two characters reacting to the death are shown instead, who are obviously distressed.
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Noxious
Are there underwater scenes?
5 supporters
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Yes
3
No
0
Does a baby cry?
14 supporters
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Yes
9
No
0
Is there shakey cam?
24 supporters
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Yes
2
No
23
Is there screaming?
8 supporters
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Yes
2
No
1
Is there obscene language/gestures?
5 supporters
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Yes
1
No
18
0
LionChild
However, bright lights are sometimes shown from the perspective of the autistic character, and are shown as especially uncomfortable.
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
9 supporters
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Yes
0
No
19
Is the fourth wall broken?
6 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
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Yes
3
No
19
Is there childbirth?
14 supporters
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Yes
11
No
15
Are there abortions?
13 supporters
Add comment
Yes
6
No
21
Are there babies or unborn children?
12 supporters
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Yes
14
No
1
Yes
9
No
21
1
LionChild
Mentions of miscarriage, but never shown on screen.
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Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
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Yes
1
No
21
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
34 supporters
Yes
1
No
22
0
sheregenerated13
S1
 E15
Between 13 minutes and 14 minutes, an uncecessary inclusion of 'fat' is used by a doctor to make a point (this happens when preparing a room, over once the doctor leaves the room, though the two residents briefly touch on the inclusion after-- saying it was unnecessary but do laugh after so if you want to skip that, add another 30 seconds or something.)
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Unhinged.but.handsome
S1
 E14
During the episode "She", Dr. Murphy kept misgendering, saying extremely transphobic things, invalidating a trans girl and was just being disgusting. It's no excuse that he's autistic. That's extremely triggering for a lot of trans people.
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Does the black guy die first?
17 supporters
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Yes
0
No
12
Yes
0
No
27
0
sheregenerated13
S1
 E15
Don't think this counts as a slur, but note that around 22-23 minutes, a doctor shares that some people probably think he's gay because he's stylish so that could be a homophobic/flamboyant sort of trigger.
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1
One patient is a neo-nazi
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Yes
2
No
26
0
sheregenerated13
S1
 E14
Sort of. A trans girl patient has her gown or sheet or whatever covering moved for an exam and transphobic comments are made.

I put notes about transphobia in another section.
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Is there hate speech?
21 supporters
Yes
14
No
14
1
LionChild
A neonazi is treated at the hospital, and speaks poorly of one of the residents.
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Yes
11
No
20
6
Yes, autism is portrayed in a very stereotypical manner.
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Yes
11
No
12
3
LionChild
A lesbian woman dies in a bus accident, and as a result of an accident, made by a resident at the hospital. The mistake was not intended, obviously, but the woman does anyway.
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0
sheregenerated13
S2
 E18
TRIGGER WARNING The very beginning of s2e18 Shaun is beat up in a bar for having autistic traits (including him stating he doesn't like being touched.) I am skipping ahead because my friend told me at some point this happens and I guess no one else reported it here yet. My friend told me he repeats "i am a surgeon" repeatedly as he is beaten.

Also, just in general, there's a lot of ableism in this show. The ableism from the initial main cast sort of settles down as they learn and grow to like Shaun, etc, but any new characters pretty much start with ableism too, etc.
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Are there n-words?
22 supporters
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Yes
0
No
27
Is there aphobia?
14 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
23
Race
Is there blackface?
20 supporters
Add comment
Yes
0
No
23
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
27 supporters
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Yes
0
No
25
Religious
Is religion discussed?
10 supporters
Add comment
Yes
5
No
0
Sex
Is there sexual content?
36 supporters
Add comment
Yes
10
No
12
Yes
7
No
13
0
Unhinged.but.handsome
Dr. Browne is
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Are there nude scenes?
26 supporters
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Yes
0
No
16
Is there bestiality?
53 supporters
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Yes
0
No
24
Does someone lose their virginity?
9 supporters
Add comment
Yes
6
No
22
Are there incestuous relationships?
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0
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28
Sexism
Yes
4
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20
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
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8
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3
Does someone have a chronic illness?
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20
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0
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
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4
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7
Is someone terminally ill?
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11
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0
Social
Yes
10
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18
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sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
Shaun lived in a train car as a kid and it's mentioned in this episode.
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Are there anti-abortion themes?
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22
Are there fat suits?
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22
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
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25
Yes
14
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2
2
Some episodes have sad endings
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
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0
A bus crashes, causing severe injuries.
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
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6
Does a plane crash?
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Yes
10
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MyBestIsWhatIOffer
S2E9 "Empathy" which happens to the end
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
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25
Is there blood/gore?
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0
1
They show internal organs and cutting and bleeding in them.
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
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1
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sheregenerated13
S3
 E10
A character holds their breath underwater, trying to trick another into thinking they're drowning so that they get in the water to swim. No one drowns, but it's discussed (statistics, fear of drowning, etc.)
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Is there gun violence?
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