Critic Consensus: The A Word overcomes an uneven start to offer a thoughtful, warm-hearted look at the engagingly messy lives of its protagonists -- and a glimpse of challenges too rarely seen or discussed on television.
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If The A Word sounds dark and depressing, it isn't. Joe's autism is the central plot point, but this is also a messy soap opera about a family that's always butting heads.
What drives the show forward, and makes it a landmark portrayal of a disorder too often stigmatized or left undiscussed, is that second, all-important A Word: acceptance.
I did not feel what I knew I was meant to feel; did not feel what the family are going through.
The A Word is a family drama where a member of that family has a disability rather than a "disability drama", which is an intriguing enough proposition.
For the most part this is a quality piece of drama tackling an emotional issue. There's some great writing, some good performances and enough moments of warm humour to leave you feeling just a little bit uplifted.
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