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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

'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. Sheldon Cooper, the character played by Jim Parsons on "The Big Bang Theory," whose early years are the subject of the new "Young Sheldon" on CBS, is never diagnosed, in either show, but he fits the profile, at least as popular culture understands it.

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