The Good Lawyer: everything we know about The Good Doctor spinoff

Kennedy McMann and Felicity Huffman in The Good Doctor
Kennedy McMann and Felicity Huffman in The Good Doctor (Image credit: ABC/Jeff Weddell)

ABC was planning to build on the success of The Good Doctor with a spinoff show, The Good Lawyer. While the show's main characters got an introduction in The Good Doctor season 6, that looks to be all we're getting on this show, as The Good Lawyer has been canned.

The Good Lawyer was created by David Shore and Liz Friedman, who are the showrunners for The Good Doctor.

For more information on that and the series overall, here is what we knew about The Good Lawyer.

The Good Lawyer release date

Things looked like they were full steam ahead for The Good Lawyer in spring 2023, but the Hollywood strikes impacted the show from premiering in fall 2023 as initially planned. Despite many of ABC's scripted shows returning in winter/spring 2024, The Good Lawyer is not one of them, as Deadline reported that the network decided to not move forward with the spinoff.

The Good Lawyer plot

The Good Lawyer, like The Good Doctor, was going to focus on a young professional that has a neurological development condition, in this case, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

The series focused on Joni, a brilliant, funny and self-aware young lawyer who is relatively new to her prestigious law firm. Living with OCD, which can take a toll on her personal and professional life, she does not want to be treated differently and her attention to detail allows her to see cases in ways others often can't.

Many of the main characters for The Good Lawyer appeared in a The Good Doctor episode to introduce them to audiences. Read WTW's recap of the episode right here.

The Good Lawyer cast

Kennedy McMann was set to lead The Good Lawyer as Joni. McMann actually has OCD in her real-life. This would have been the second TV series that McMann is going to lead, having previously starred as the titular detective in The CW series Nancy Drew.

Alongside McMann in the series was Felicity Huffman, who played Janet Stewart, serving in the mentor role for Joni much like Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) does for Shaun on The Good Doctor. Huffman is best known for her run on Desperate Housewives, but she has also been in When They See Us, Get Shorty, American Crime, Sport Night and is an Oscar-nominee for Transamerica. The Good Lawyer is Huffman's first role since she completed her prison sentence for her involvement in the college admission scandal a few years ago.

The only other announced cast member was Bethlehem Million as Abbie, Joni's big sister, roommate, best friend and biggest cheerleader. Million has appeared in And Just Like That…, Flatbush Misdeameanors and Sick.

The Good Lawyer trailer

The only trailer we have for The Good Lawyer at this time is the promo for The Good Doctor episode that serves as the legal drama's pilot episode. 

How to watch The Good Lawyer

The series has not yet come to air full-time, but if you want to watch The Good Doctor episode that launches The Good Lawyer, you can do so on ABC, which is available on all basic cable packages, as well as live TV streaming services like FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV. The episode is then going to be available on-demand on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus in the UK.

Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.