Atypical: Season 1 (2017)


Season 1

Critics Consensus

Great performances and a likable, realistic family dealing with autism lift Atypical above its alarming tonal shifts and predictability.



Critic Ratings: 40


Audience Score

User Ratings: 817
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Air date: Aug 11, 2017
Air date: Aug 11, 2017
Air date: Aug 11, 2017
Air date: Aug 11, 2017
Air date: Aug 11, 2017
Air date: Aug 11, 2017
Air date: Aug 11, 2017
Air date: Aug 11, 2017

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Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, tells his overprotective family that he wants to start dating. His father Doug (Michael Rapaport) is at first enthusiastic and encouraging until he discovers that the girl Sam wanted to date is his much-older therapist Julia Sasaki (Amy Okuda). Realizing that her boy is finally growing up, Sam's mother Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) finds herself at loss with what to do and tumbles into an affair with a bartender, Nick (Raul Castillo). Sam's younger sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) lands an athletic scholarship at a prestigious but faraway high school. However, she hesitates to take the scholarship, believing that her leaving will negatively affect Sam. The first season of "Atypical" also stars Nik Dodani as Sam's best friend Zahid, Jenna Boyd as Sam's pretend girlfriend Paige, Graham Rogers as Casey's boyfriend Evan, and Rachel Redleaf as Evan's sister Beth.

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Critic Reviews for Atypical Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18)

With a couple of actors' actors -- Leigh and Rapaport -- and Gilchrist at the helm, "Atypical" still manages to mostly stay on track. It's a good newcomer with the potential to get better.

Aug 9, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This family is really hard to dislike, and they become people remarkably easy to root for, thanks in large part to writing that is more empathetic and believable as the show unfolds, and a simply fantastic ensemble.

Aug 9, 2017 | Full Review…

A standout is the deadpan Brigette Lundy-Paine as Sam's overprotective but no-nonsense younger sister, who oversees Sam's entry into the dating pool.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Gilchrist, who isn't on the spectrum, is persuasive and thoughtful enough to avoid making Sam feel like a stereotype, even in more mawkish or predictable moments.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Chronicling the 18-year-old life of a young man on the autistic spectrum, "Atypical" does a fine job capturing choice insights into our protagonist's mind, but its overarching story is as predictable as they come.

Aug 11, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Zahid, a nerdy South Asian friend obsessed with girls, boobs, and sex, is such a one-note caricature that it all feels a bit 1980s and ass-backwards, mostly.

Aug 4, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

If there were points for good intentions, "Atypical" would rack up buckets. Outside of the main storyline, the B and C plots are more hit and miss.

Nov 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

And yet, there's something fundamentally uncouth about Atypical's place in Netflix's ongoing desire to virtue-signal to every corner of its audience without confronting the complex problems that might actually lead to sincere virtue.

Oct 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

As all the family, plus Sam's somewhat flaky therapist, are given storylines of their own, the result occasionally feels like a mish-mash not so much of different plots as of different genres - some of them complete with non-autism clichés.

Sep 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Atypical does a great job of giving the audience a piece of how Sam feels during certain situations by distorting visuals and sounds.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Atypical: Season 1

  • Jan 28, 2019
    Michael Rapaport is a horrible human being. The fact the show has someone in the cast that calls minors coc*suc*ers , and who is constantly bullying people on twitter is disgusting. Its even more disturbing given the plot of the show being about a young adult with autism. Sad, was a good show but I will never be able to watch it the same again.
  • Jan 16, 2019
    Hilarious with great story line. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of five is because Jennifer Jason Leigh seems mis-casted as the mother.
  • Dec 05, 2018
    So good that I had to binge watch. Funny and moving
  • Dec 04, 2018
    Adelie, Chinstrap, Emperor, Gentoo these are four types of Arctic penguins. I know this because I have been emotionally invested in a Netflix series called Atypical. Atypical, The Netflix series is about Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old high school senior on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, and his family. Atypical is created and produced by Robia Rashid and Seth Gordon. Starring Keir Gilchrist, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Michael Rapaport. This show makes you sit back and think differently about how you have may have treated someone with autism or another disability poorly, and it shows you how you can be more understanding to someone with a disability. In the first season, Sam tells his family that he is trying to find a girlfriend. His dad Doug is at first encouraging until he finds out that the girl Sam wanted to date is his 28 year old therapist Julia Sasaki. Having a child that is on the autism spectrum comes along with a lot of stress. With Sam's mom tumbles into an affair with a bartender, Nick. Sam's younger sister Casey receives a track scholarship at a prestigious school. However, she hesitates to take the scholarship, believing that her leaving will negatively affect Sam. Alsp, casey's friends find out that she is leaving her high school, and start to become very distant. At the end of the season, Casey rides past the bar on her bike catching her mom making out with the bartender Nick. (include somewhere that she has a bf) Casey leaves for her new high school and is off to a rough start. It takes casey some time to fit in with all of the preppy rich kids that attend, but eventually becomes best friends with Izzie, the track team captain. Casey's boyfriend isn't to fond of Casey's new preppy friends. Sam deals with Casey's leaving through drawing. Sam admits his love for his therapist, and things begin to unravel. He is forced to find a new therapist , but is unable to find one he is comfortable with the way he was with Julia. Sam and Paige have a “Casual” relationship throughout the whole second season. Until the very last episode where he admits that he is in love with Paige. Sam's guidance counselor, Ms. Whitaker, discovers Sam's drawings and encourages him to apply to university. Doug learns about Elsa's affair and makes her leave the house. However, the stress of housework makes Doug relent and allow Elsa to come back home, though he keeps his distance out of resentment. Sams runs away, because some guys wrote things like “freak” in his yearbook. Therefore At the end of season 2, Sam graduates and gets enough courage to be able to do the valedictorian speech for his on and on off girlfriend Paige. She was unable to do the speech because she yelled at the kids that called Sam those things. Casey starts exploring new grounds and finds out she might be into her bestfriend Izzie. In my opinion, the point of this netflix original is that it emphasises that even dramatically different people can face the same problems as we as “ Normal” people face. At first you have a hard time relating to the main character Sam, but as time goes on you grow an attachment to him. Atypical succeeds us by spreading an eye opening message. The message of this show is that someone with bigger disabilities, face the same problems that us “normal” people face, he may struggle more than we do day to do, But at the end of day he still has the same feelings and struggles as us. This show sets an amazing example for how people with autism feel. It is a show which points out the harsh realities that these people on the Autism spectrum face. Overall this is a show that most people will have seen or be able to relate to because of the struggles of an everyday family, only difference is that it is through the lens of someone on the autistic spectrum. The characters and the drama feel realistic and down to earth for the most part and the comedy is mild but entertaining. The acting in this show is amazing as well. I would rate this show a 10/10, it has changed my perspective on people with autism and has provided me with a very thorough understanding of what it is like on a daily basis for someone who struggles with it.
  • Nov 04, 2018
    "Atypical" é uma série agradável e tocante que nos mostra claramente o que um jovem autista enfrenta no seu dia-a-dia e como o mesmo encara os diversos problemas que surgem. Um definitivo must-watch.
  • Oct 25, 2018
    I'm in love with this series! Can't wait for more seasons! Amazing cast and great story-line finally educating people about people on the spectrum and their families.
  • Oct 16, 2018
    Atypical is probably one of my favorite shows of all time. It handles real life issues very maturely but still finds great humor and entertainment value within them.
  • Oct 10, 2018
    Have never been more excited/related to a show as much as Atypical.
  • Sep 28, 2018
    It’s actually pretty good. Except for every time Jennifer Jason Leigh is on screen. Always the unsympathetic provocative female role. Even she must be discouraged. I did not enjoy Last Exit to Brooklyn and her role here is a repeat of that.
  • Sep 28, 2018
    Can not wait for season 3!!!

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