Worth Watching: ‘Good Doctor’ Treats Covid, Leap of Faith in ‘Soulmates,’ Time Travel on ‘General Hospital’

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The Good Doctor

A selective critical checklist of notable Monday TV:

The Good Doctor (10/9c, ABC): The medical drama alerts you at the start of its fourth season that theirs is “a made-up story about a real battle still being fought.” The first half of an emotional two-part opener finds Dr. Shaun Murphy (the terrific Freddie Highmore) and his colleagues at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital overwhelmed by a mysterious new virus that begins with a cough. Preoccupied about how quarantine is barring him from amorous visits in his new relationship with Lea (Paige Spara), Shaun initially exults in the masks that put everyone on his level: “Now no one can read people!” But it soon gets very serious as the scope and severity of COVID-19 grips the entire staff — including a housebound Dr. Glassman (Richard Schiff), who’s frustrated at being kept away. Besides, they’re still not over grieving Dr. Melendez. Especially Claire (Antonia Thomas).

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Shaun shepherds four new doctors vying for surgical resident positions at St. Bonaventure.

Soulmates (10/9c, AMC): In another intriguing installment of the dramatic anthology, Charlie Heaton (Stranger Things) stars as Kurt, a sweetly awkward farmboy who can’t get over learning that his genetically matched soulmate died before he could ever meet her. Turning to prayer to assuage his suicidal despair, Kurt succumbs to the cult-like Church of Righteous Transition, which promises to connect lost souls with the spirits of their one-and-onlys. But is this really salvation? Malin Akerman (Billions) co-stars as another grieving romantic who offers to be his buddy along the journey.

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Plus, she opens up about working with Charlie Heaton and more.

General Hospital (check local listings): In its nearly 60-year history, the daytime drama has tried just about everything — though apparently not time travel. In what’s believed to be a series first, two of its younger characters — Josslyn Jacks (Eden McCoy) and Trina Robinson (Sydney Mikayla) — are transported back in time, courtesy of a museum’s magical ancient voting booth, for a fantastical civics lesson. They end up in 1920, the year American women won the right to vote, among a gathering of suffragettes who look suspiciously like the current residents of Port Charles. The message: Don’t take this precious right for granted.

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Singing and Dancing: It’s a pivotal moment for TV’s top performance competitions, as NBC’s The Voice (8/7c) brings its “Blind Auditions” phase to an end, setting up next week’s “Battle Rounds.” And ABC’s Dancing with the Stars (8/7c) crushes two dreams in a double elimination following a “Relay Dance” in which the couples are divided into three groups, each couple taking turns as a team dances either a cha-cha, samba or Viennese waltz.

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The pro-dancer-turned-judge turns the tables again for a Paso Doble with girlfriend Hayley Erbert.

Inside Monday TV: CBS’s The Neighborhood is still two weeks away from premiering a new season, so cast members including Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Tichina Arnold and Beth Behrs play for charity on a new edition of CBS’s The Price Is Right at Night (8/7c)… More intrigue on Fox’s Filthy Rich (9/8c) when Ginger (Melia Kreiling) finds a new use for the tape of her kidnapping, an outcast Margaret (Kim Cattrall) seeks a new manufacturer for her Proverbs 31 perfume, and daughter Rose (Aubruy Dollar) pays a visit to the “real” Jason (Joe Solana Simon) when he wakes from his coma… In the finale of HBO’s peculiar art-house drama We Are Who We Are (10/9c), Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) and Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) spend one last day together, sneaking away to a concert in Bologna before she leaves Italy behind.