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: 41


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User Ratings: 951

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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
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Air date: Aug 11, 2017

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Tv Season Info

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 (41) | 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…
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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

Atypical portrays autism through a series of tired male nerd stereotypes. The result is a show that mires everyone-autistic and neurotypical-in the same dreary gender roles as ever.

Sep 16, 2019 | Full Review…

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…

Engaging and intelligent.

Apr 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Atypical: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    coming from someone on the spectrum, I found this show entertaining and insightful. fantastic characters and Wonderful scripts, make Atypical one of the best shows Netflix has to offer.
  • May 15, 2020
    Cute premise, but tires quickly. And watching that deranged Michael rapaport is just too cringe to recommend
  • May 10, 2020
    Interesting characters, good plot and an emotional ride, Atypical really delivers, with great dialogue and moving performances.
  • Mar 27, 2020
    Quite an entertaining series with well-written and well-acted characters. They plotline may not a bit "too much at once" at times, but the characters & their emotions feel real.
  • Feb 16, 2020
    Great first season. Perfect mix of drama and comedy. Some moments really hit you out of nowhere.
  • Jan 22, 2020
    I can see the pedigree of this production, it nods at previous 'sit coms' like Dobie Gillis, and even 50's style comedies, but cleverly transposes this into the modern context. A family and the relationships offers us a glimpse of 'ordinary people', aspiring and contending with today's cultural changes. I liked this series very much.
  • Dec 20, 2019
    Funny and subtle. A comedy that brings with it specific family dramas, which makes it genuinely unique.
  • Dec 19, 2019
    This is a very good show! It pulls you in, it's heartwarming, it's funny and you definitely become attached to the characters! My girlfriend and I just finished binge watching all 3 seasons waiting on a 4th!
  • Dec 07, 2019
    It was surprisingly good. I didn't expected it.
  • Nov 30, 2019
    The best so far. The scripts are so well written and the acting has hit its stride. So well done.

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