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How To Watch “The Good Doctor” Online In The UK: Seasons 1 And 2

Fans of the good-hearted Dr Shaun Murphy are getting their fix again, as The Good Doctor Season 2 is back from its mid-season break. UK fans might be wondering how and where they can watch The Good Doctor online or streaming on their telly, legally, WITHOUT an expensive Sky/Cable subscription.

If you’re not on board yet, The Good Doctor is an American medical drama that tells the story of Dr Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, who you might also remember from Bates Motel), a surgeon who had a troubled childhood due to suffering from savant syndrome. Moving from his small town to California, he starts working at the big San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital.

The show, which was created by David Shore (who was also the mind behind House M.D.), also stars Richard Schiff and Nicholas Gonzalez, and is broadcast on ABC in the US.

After a very popular first season, The Good Doctor came back for Season 2 on September 2018, then went on a winter break – and returned on January 8. UK viewers always have to wait a few weeks until the episodes reach us – so Season 2 returned on January 29.

Where Can I Watch The Good Doctor In The UK – Past And Current Episodes?

In the UK, The Good Doctor normally airs on Sky – but as Cord Cutters, we’re here to talk about your other viewing options – those not involving a full-on Sky (or Virgin, BT, etc’) subscriptions.

If you’re wondering, The Good Doctor is NOT on Netflix in the UK or the US.

These are your major options:

1. NOW TV – Seasons 1 and 2

Sky’s on-demand service, meant to compete with Netflix, offers a cheaper price over Sky’s regular TV offerings – and without a long contract (see my guide on getting cheap NOW TV passes).

The first season of The Good Doctor is available as a box-set on NOW TV’s Entertainment Pass – so you can catch up on past episodes. Don’t forget you can get a 7-day free trial.

Season 2 is also available to stream, with new episodes coming every Tuesday.

Note: Season 2 is currently set to expire on NOW TV on 18 April 2019. The episodes will be back at some point after that as a box-set, though there’s no official date yet.

Pros

  • Cheap, monthly subscription (£7.99 a month) – includes The Good Doctor and many other programmes.
  • Includes Seasons 1 and 2, and the new episodes on a week-by-week basis.
  • Available on several platforms

Cons

  • Picture Quality - only gets up 720p, without Full HD
  • No subtitles
  • Season 2 available for a limited time, and will then disappear until later this year

Watch On: NOW TV Box (get it here), Chromecast, Apple TV, Gaming consoles, Certain models of Smart TVs (No Amazon Fire TV).

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2. Amazon Instant Video – Season 1

Amazon’s video on demand library offers Season 1 of The Good Doctor as a one-time purchase.

Season 2 will be available for purchase on-demand – probably sometime in the near future.

Pros

  • Buy and own forever – without seasons expiring on you mid-watch
  • Full HD quality (1080p)
  • Subtitles!
  • Available on a lot of platforms

Cons

  • Gets expensive if you buy multiple seasons
  • Season 2 not available yet

Watch On: Amazon’s website, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Smartphones, Gaming consoles (NO Chromecast or Apple TV for now).

Quick Tip: With Amazon, you can also go the old-fashioned way, and get the first season on DVD.

3. Google Play Store – Season 1

Google’s play store offers Season 1 of The Good Doctor, as a separate one-time purchase.

Season 2 will be available for purchase on-demand – probably sometime in the near future.

Pros

  • Buy and own forever – without seasons expiring on you mid-watch
  • Full HD quality (1080p)
  • Subtitles!
  • Available on a lot of platforms

Cons

  • Gets expensive if you buy multiple seasons
  • Season 2 not available yet

Watch On: Chromecast, certain models of Smart TVs, Roku, smartphones and certain other devices via the YouTube app (No direct Amazon Fire TV or Apple TV support).

Writer and news editor based in London, I cut the TV cord back in 2014 and never looked back. I watch A LOT of TV, and thankfully I can choose whatever I want to watch without depending on archaic channels.

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