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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Critic Ratings: 41

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Episodes

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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 (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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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…
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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…

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…

Engaging and intelligent.

Apr 12, 2018 | 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Atypical: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Nov 16, 2019
    Just really liked it. I worked in the scientific field and see Sam in many of my colleagues. The storyline is great. A feel good experience. Highly recommend it.
  • Nov 09, 2019
    The series approaches the Autism theme in a very engaging and didatic - without being boring - way. The greater events on the plot are also very interesting. However, the dialogues are not well written and the episodes use the same tacky narrative of shows such as Grey's Anatomy.
  • Nov 05, 2019
    Love the show! It brings family challenges and relationship dynamics to the screen, following issues that we usually oversee or don't accommodate! The show is unapologetic on issues like autism, sexuality and parenthood - it's a great show that has such a grounded and humble cast who invite us into their life of challenges & opportunities! Highly recommend this show & hope that Netflix will get us a season 4 with many more episodes!
  • Nov 01, 2019
    Keir Gilchrist delivers as he did in It's Kind of Funny Story.

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