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'The Good Doctor' comes on strong and 'Young Sheldon' proves a gentle 'Big Bang' precursor in new shows bringing geniuses to life

Monday brings to broadcast television two series about socially awkward, misfit young geniuses — characters "on the spectrum," in the now much-used phrase, though only one is identified outright as such.

ABC's "The Good Doctor" makes it specific: Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a surgical resident freshly arrived at a San Jose hospital, with autism and savant syndrome.

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Monday's TV Highlights: 'People of Earth' on TBS

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The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon Amy (Mayim Bialik) answers Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) marriage proposal in the season premiere of this smart comedy. Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Melissa Rauch, Kunal Nayyar and Kevin Sussman also star. Then, viewers are treated to the pilot of the prequel-spinoff series based on the childhood of physics genius Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage).

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'Star Trek: Discovery' marks a welcome return to TV and upholds the legacy of the famed space drama

"Star Trek" is back, you may have heard on your subspace communicator, in the shape of a television series for the first time since "Enterprise" completed its four-year mission in 2005. There have been movies since, running on their own timelines, with different people, but to my mind "Star Trek" requires the authority of a TV cast and crew. So welcome back to your home medium, Esteemed Franchise.

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In 'Tales From the Tour Bus,' Mike Judge animates wild tales from some of the most talented country musicians
Saturday's TV highlights and weekend talk shows: Gladys Knight in 'Oprah’s Master Class'

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Halt and Catch Fire Donna (Kerry Bishe) makes a play to land a heavy hitter, while her ex (Scoot McNairy), has a talk with one of their daughters about a troubling issue at school. 9 p.m. AMC

Oprah’s Master Class In the first of two new episodes, Usher describes how he dealt with fame at a young age and the role that family has played in shaping his career and life.

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TV This Week, Sept. 24-30: 'This Is Us,' 'Marvel’s Inhumans' and more

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The new documentary “Legion of Brothers” salutes the first U.S. troops in Afghanistan in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. 6 and 8:30 p.m. CNN

The newsmagazine “60 Minutes” winds up for a 50th season. 7 p.m. CBS

To boldly go: The new online series “Star Trek: Discovery” offers its pilot episode on network TV as well. With Michelle Yeoh and “The Walking Dead’s” Sonequa Martin-Green.

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