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Atypical 

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Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, decides it's time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam's mom on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence.

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Robia Rashid
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jennifer Jason Leigh ...  Elsa Gardner 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Keir Gilchrist ...  Sam Gardner 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Brigette Lundy-Paine ...  Casey Gardner 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Michael Rapaport ...  Doug Gardner 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Amy Okuda ...  Julia Sasaki 17 episodes, 2017-2018
Graham Rogers ...  Evan Chapin / ... 16 episodes, 2017-2018
Nik Dodani ...  Zahid 16 episodes, 2017-2018
Jenna Boyd ...  Paige 16 episodes, 2017-2018
Raúl Castillo ...  Nick 10 episodes, 2017-2018
Nina Ameri ...  Luisa 8 episodes, 2017-2018
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Atypical is a coming of age story that follows Sam, an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny yet emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal? Written by ahmetkozan

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Every family is atypical. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Michael Rapaport was in an episode of The Big Bang Theory (2007) where he has a very literal and pedantic conversation with Lenard and Sheldon. There are lots of theories of Sheldon Cooper being on the spectrum although this has never been confirmed. In fact Mayim Bialik (Amy and real life neurobiologist) stated that it wasn't important to add the label of autism because it wouldn't change who he is as a person. In this series Doug struggles to come to terms but still treats Sam as if he would any other person neuro-typical or neuro-diverse. See more »

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Relatable
13 August 2017 | by scythertitusSee all my reviews

Reading some other reviews it seems like the representation of Autism is slightly skewed in this show, but in my opinion it successfully walked a fine line between being accurate and presenting something that everyone can relate to. Hopefully that helps people understand the condition, while also still having an entertaining show to watch.

As a show it excels in character presentation as every main has their own quirks and struggles to overcome. Some of these struggles may be left unresolved and this is probably the only place the show falters a little. It felt like some things were left open-ended to allow for another series, so there isn't complete satisfaction in all the story lines by the end. But you can only begrudge a show so much for that, and while a tight closed story would be nice, it is better than turning into Wayward Pines where your complete story is so successful that you have a second series that is completely contrived because you had nowhere to go at the end of the first.

Overall this is a show that most people will have seen before about the struggles of an everyday family, through the lens of someone on the autistic spectrum. The characters and the drama feel realistic and down to earth for the most part and the comedy is mild but entertaining. It wasn't revolutionary, but it was enjoyable and definitely worth devoting a minor binge to in its 8 episode run.


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