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Atypical: Season 1 Reviews

August 22, 2017
Atypical takes a while to get used to. The transitions from humor to heft can be jarring. The voice-overs from Sam are supposed to take us into his world, give his perspective, and they do, but in a surface sort of way.
August 18, 2017
Atypical falls somewhere between a smart network show and a provocative cable series.
August 14, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
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.
August 14, 2017
This show desperately wants to get its depiction of autism right, and wants to pat itself on the back for doing so. All of which makes the uninspired characterization of Sam all the more infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
August 11, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
August 10, 2017
Atypical presents a point of view and a lead character that are, well, atypical in the TV landscape. But its sweetness and predictability make it a little too typical to be great.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 10, 2017
The overwhelming strength of Atypical is how very human it is, of its affection for its messy, relatable characters.
Full Review | Original Score: B
August 10, 2017
Watchable but inconsistent, the half-hour series dilutes its genuine pathos and strengths with characters and situations that seem to have parachuted in from a different show.
August 10, 2017
Atypical doesn't attempt to show how Sam is "just like us," mostly because he's not. And that's what makes him a complex and unique television character worth watching.
August 10, 2017
All of the performances in the show are great, which is helpful since the writing occasionally slips into predictable rhythms.
August 9, 2017
Repeatedly wrongheaded decisions, mostly from Elsa, turn Atypical into a contrived mess shockingly fast; you watch it go from potential Netflix gem to no-thanks network hash in roughly four episodes.
Top Critic
August 9, 2017
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 9, 2017
Friends and therapists factor in, making the subplots interesting, but it's the glimpse of what daily life looks like for a family with someone on the spectrum that I find intriguing.
August 9, 2017
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.
August 8, 2017
Gilchrist's performance, even more than the script, makes the point that being on the autism spectrum doesn't make anyone less of a person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 7, 2017
The most enjoyment I got out of "Atypical" was the opportunity to write this scathing review.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4