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The Good Doctor: Freddie Highmore stars in season four trailer

Season five of The Good Doctor is officially a go at ABC. The network pleased fans on Monday by confirming the series as the first of its current television season to be picked up for another instalment, expected to premiere at the end of 2021 or start of 2022.

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The gripping ordeals of brilliant doctor Shaun Murphy (played by Freddie Highmore) will officially continue on ABC.

Murphy, a gifted surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, debuted in the hit series’ first season back in 2017.

Although the series has dipped in viewership with recent seasons it remains a ratings darling for ABC, pulling in 3-4 million US viewers with each episode of season four.

It currently stands as the number one show for the Monday 10pm slot, and rakes in over 12 million viewers over 35 days of multi-platform viewing.

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Freddie Highmore and Antonia ThomasThe Good Doctor season 5: Fans thrilled as medical drama renewed by ABC 'No-brainer!' (Image: ABC)

Richard Schiff and Freddie HighmoreThe Good Doctor is officially returning for season five (Image: ABC)

The Good Doctor was confirmed as the first renewal for the network’s current broadcast season, which was also the case last year.

Highmore’s leading surgeon is joined by the likes of Dr. Claire Browne (Antonia Thomas), Dr. Marcus Andrews (Hill Harper) and Chairwoman Allegra Aoki (Tamlyn Tomita) at the St. Bonaventure Hospital in California.

The latest season has also developed Shaun’s romantic relationship with Lea Dilallo (Paige Spara), head of the hospital’s IT department.

Each season has attracted some divided reviews so far, but reactions from most fans were positive when the show’s fifth outing was confirmed.

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