Not every viewer of the show was excited to see her, as social media was made clear. “Things I am learning by watching [‘The Good Lawyer’],” one Twitter user wrote after watching the episode. “I am not ready to accept [Felicity Huffman] again. Therefore, I will not be watching the show if it gets picked up.” Another user revised, “How quickly the industry has been to welcome her back is shocking.”
On March 12th, 2019, Huffman and “Full House” star Lori Loughlin (another fallen star looking for redemption) were listed among 50 individuals who were alleged to have participated in a multimillion-dollar operation in which parents could pay to increase their child’s chances of getting into a better school. The actor expressed regret about her involvement in the scam, and ultimately pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s test scores improve. She served 11 days of a two-week sentence.
While the sentiment among most “The Good Doctor” fans is that Huffman served her time, others feel she was granted privileges that would not have been afforded to a non-celebrity. for example,@JOHNCRUZnolloyd made the common comparison of Huffman’s case to that of Tanya McDowell, who was sentenced to five years in prison after falsifying records to get her son into a different school district (though McDowell’s plea deal also contained six other charges).
It seems unlikely that Huffman’s involvement will deter most fans of “The Good Doctor” from tuning in to the new series, though, even if watching him argue on the side of the law will take some getting used to.