Atypical: Season 1 (2017)

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Atypical

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

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Episodes

Air date: Aug 11, 2017

Sam investigates dating tips in the hopes of getting a girlfriend. Elsa, his overbearing mom, struggles to give him his independence.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2017

Sam gets some help from Doug, his dad, after he discovers his crush is already spoken for. Elsa finds herself back at the bar after misplacing her credit card. Gossip about Evan reaches Casey.

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Air date: Aug 11, 2017

Sam resolves to revise his style; Casey realizes unknown family information. Feeling useless, Elsa seeks recognition outside the family.

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After Sam discovers a classmate is attracted to him, he lists pros and cons to determine if he should make her his girlfriend. Casey receives a very important offer.

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Sam becomes rattled after Paige invades his bedroom. Casey visits Clayton Prep and gets a taste of what life away from her brother would be like.

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Paige proposes having an autism-friendly school dance to the PTA. Sam makes preparations for losing his virginity. Doug and Julia help each other.

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When Paige makes a confession to Sam, he creates a checklist to figure how he feels. Things with Nick suddenly get too real for Elsa.

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After a disastrous dinner with Paige's family, Sam makes amends at the school dance. Casey's fury at her mom affects her relationship with Evan.

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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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  • 3d ago
    Amazing first season, a smart script, great performances, brings Atypical straight into the running for one of the best shows Netflix has ever produced.
  • 5d ago
    The first season would be five stars if they hadn't made the mother so hateable. All in all it was still a good beginning to a show that has only gotten better.
  • Jul 21, 2021
    Such a fantastic character set and good storytelling. An enjoyable series. Well performed and well written.
  • Jul 18, 2021
    It has its outstanding moments and it's cringeworthy moments.
  • Jul 16, 2021
    Really funny and informative about autism.
  • Jul 12, 2021
    Stop it with the sister, nobody cares, waste of time.
  • Apr 30, 2021
    "I'm a weirdo, that's what everybody says. Sometimes I don't know what people mean when they say things and that can make me feel alone even when there are other people in the room. All I can do is sit and twiddle…" For somebody like Autistic main character, Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), stimming or "twiddling" is a major part of the Autistic experience. Atypical (2017) is a Netflix comedy-drama created by Robia Rashid and directed by Seth Gordon. It follows intelligent, Antarctica obsessed Sam as he navigates life as a teenager with a disability, and the challenges that come with both such as relationships/friendships, sensory challenges, school, work, and his parents' sudden separation. Despite these challenges, Sam remains empowered. The depiction of his Autism is real, and relatable to many, and he isn't treated differently because of it. When he does come across these challenges or has what his parents (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport) refer to as a "meltdown" it's not seen as a bad thing. Instead, he receives help from his amazing support system of friends, family and therapist Julia (Amy Okuda). Sam is by no means limited by his disability, maintaining a job, good grades, and relationship with girlfriend Paige (Jenna Boyd). Although he uses coping skills such as "twiddling" and other sensory based coping techniques such as making himself a human cocoon, using noise cancelling headphones, or escaping into a documentary, and immersing himself into a world of snowy tundras and penguins, Sam is never put in a position where he or anyone else wants to "fix" his autism. Atypical is a heartwarming comedy-drama perfect for anyone. It's an easy watch with a fantastic representation of a character with a disability that often isn't seen in the media. Sam has incredible depth, and a lovable personality. Through his challenges and triumphs, you find yourself rooting for him, and even feeling inspired by him. Sam Gardner is nothing if not empowered.
  • Jan 10, 2021
    Loved it. Definitely recommend it!
  • Jan 03, 2021
    Atypical: Season One is a family oriented Netflix series based around an 18 year old boy on the autistic spectrum played by Keir Gilchrist. The story starts out with Keir ready to take the next step to start dating and with the help of his mother played by Jennifer Jason Leigh and his father Michael Rapaport. While Keir is on his self-discovery, his family grapples through drama of their own. His sister changes schools to a more prestigious high school on a track and field scholarship so she can no longer help or protect her brother. His mother struggles with reality and to escape from the situation she seeks passion in all the wrong places and his dad deals with his own strUggles of self worth and anxiety. Overall it was a great emotional first season leading to new chapters in their lives in the next few seasons.
  • Dec 31, 2020
    I see potential in ‘Atypical'. I feel like the show doesn't know ENTIRELY what it wants yet, but I want to see more. 6.6/10, C+

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