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Atypical 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (2017– )
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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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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
Amy Okuda ...  Julia Sasaki 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Michael Rapaport ...  Doug Gardner 18 episodes, 2017-2018
Nik Dodani ...  Zahid 17 episodes, 2017-2018
Graham Rogers ...  Evan Chapin / ... 16 episodes, 2017-2018
Jenna Boyd ...  Paige 14 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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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

11 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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16:9 HD
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While casting True Romance (1993), which co-stars Michael Rapaport, Jennifer Jason Leigh was offered the role of Alabama Whitman. That role was eventually given to Patricia Arquette. See more »

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I have AS, and LOVED IT
12 August 2017 | by MrMcMurphySee all my reviews

--- First, I think certain symptoms of AS are exaggerated in all movies/shows. It MIGHT be me, but I think the (1) taking things literally and (2) poor social judgment are the two most exaggerated (they're definitely VERY real, just maybe not to the extent portrayed in movies/shows-- at least, in my experience/observation, if those two are present to the extent portrayed by Hollywood, so are other concomitant symptoms of more severe autism). Don't get me started on "The Accountant" (puke).

However, it's Hollywood, and understandable. The rest of the show is so great that I don't care about that relatively small exaggeration (which, again, might just be my own ignorance anyway). I actually kind of like it. Even if it's exaggerated, it adds an entertaining aspect to the show. And I'm not some whiny snowflake that needs to nitpick a relatively minor and understandable Hollywood embellishment because AS is "my identity," which gives me some sort of soapbox to feel special about (can't stand those people!).

Like I said, loved it!

I care about ALL of the characters.

I love, love, LOVE Michael Rapaport as the father. But they're ALL great. Seriously, even less integral characters like the bartender and boyfriend were perfect. I'm very sensitive to overacting and unjustifiable drama, and I noticed ZERO of the former, and only one small instance of the latter (possibly a not very realistic reaction by the daughter, to support a message that the writer wanted to communicate more than the circumstances justified), but it was only once, and minor.

Overall, the events that unfold are justified by the circumstances (you feel as though everything that follows is an inevitable and realistic consequence of the circumstances).

Also, NOT BORING. There is no fluff! No boring explanations or transitions. The writers do an EXCELLENT job of making fun and interesting things happen IMMEDIATELY. One thing, after another. Engrossing from the beginning, and it STAYS that way.

All I ask to the creator, Robia Rashid, and the writers, etc, please do not get comfortable or "satisfied." Please do not become one of the MANY shows that has a great first season, then loses that original drive that made the first season so great. Please do not settle on anything. You made magic happen in the first season. Please maintain that same commitment to make season two magic as well.


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