I love how human Shaun Murphy is.
As a viewer, I get the same emotions toward him that I do other protagonists in other shows. Yes, his autism is a pretty big part of him, but it’s not entirely him. I am saddened by his backstory not because he has autism. I am proud of him when he saves somebody not because he “overcame” his autism. I laugh at the actual jokes he makes not just at his misunderstandings. I get mad at him when he fucks up big time. I get happy when he does. I get excited when other characters see him for who he is. I just appreciate this character so much!
He is not the “autistic character” of the show. He is the fucking protagonist and The Good Doctor does a great job of putting that before us.