Atypical

Last updated on 23 August 2017

Atypical is a coming-of-age dark comedy[1] television series created and written by Robia Rashid for Netflix. It focuses on the life of 18-year-old Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autism spectrum. The first season was released on August 11, 2017, consisting of eight episodes. The series was generally well received by critics.

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Plot

Sam Gardner, an 18 year old with autism, announces that he wants to start dating.

His father, Doug, has struggled to connect with Sam and is thrilled when Sam approaches him for advice. He agrees to drive Sam to his crush's house so he can surprise her with chocolate-covered strawberries. There, he discovers that Sam's crush is Julia, Sam's 27 year old therapist who lives with her boyfriend. Doug quickly pulls Sam away and tells him to find a girlfriend his own age. Sam decides he needs a "practice girlfriend" and, with the help of his friends and family, begins to learn the social nuances of dating.

As Sam grows more independent, his mother Elsa struggles to find a life outside of being his guardian. During a night out with friends, Elsa meets a bartender and begins an affair with him. Sam's younger sister, Casey, breaks a track-and-field record and receives an athletic scholarship to a prestigious but distant high school. Although she wants to attend, she is nervous about what leaving will mean for Sam. Her concerns are exacerbated when she discovers that Doug abandoned their family for a while after Sam's diagnosis and that Elsa is having an affair.

Meanwhile, Julia finds a strawberry Sam left behind during his visit. She accuses her boyfriend of cheating on her, which leads him to break up with her. After he moves out, Julia discovers that she is pregnant with his child.

Background

The series, originally known as Antarctica, was created and written by Robia Rashid,[2] who previously worked on How I Met Your Mother and The Goldbergs as a producer.[3] For a more accurate portrayal, she consulted with Michelle Dean, a California State University professor who worked at UCLA's Center for Autism Research and Treatment.[4][5] Gilchrist told in an interview for Vulture, "She [Rashid] wrote the script. We talked a ton and I did research and I watched movies and I read books".[6]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

Episodes

Season one

Season one was released on August 11, 2017, consisting of eight episodes.[4][12]

Episode name Episode number
"Antarctica" 1
"A Human Female" 2
"Julia Says" 3
"A Nice Neutral Smell" 4
"That's My Sweatshirt" 5
"The D-Train to Bone Town" 6
"I Lost My Poor Meatball" 7
"The Silencing Properties of Snow" 8

Reception

Upon release, Atypical received generally positive reviews by critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the first season received a score of 66, based on 20 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews",[13] and a score of 79% at Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.35 out of 10.[14] The acting, especially Gilchrist's performance, was generally well received,[15][16][17] but some critics found the series poorly written.[18][19]

However, Gilchrist's portrayal received some criticism for being inaccurate and stereotypical.[20][21] The lack of other autistic people in the series was also questioned.[21][22]

References

  1. ^ a b Wagmeister, Elizabeth (October 17, 2016). "Netflix Greenlights 'Atypical' Autism Family Comedy Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh". Variety. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Andreeva, Nellie (October 17, 2016). "Netflix Greenlights Autism Comedy From ‘The Goldbergs’ Duo; Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist & Michael Rapaport To Star". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 14, 2017.
  3. ^ Bacle, Ariana (August 10, 2017). "Atypical star Keir Gilchrist on new Netflix show: 'Everybody's kind of odd'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "First Look: Teen with autism comes of age in Netflix's 'Atypical'". USA Today. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Thaxton, Ryan (July 18, 2017). "Watch: Netflix's Atypical Trailer Is Hilarious, but Will It Be Poignant?". Paste. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  6. ^ a b "After Atypical, Keir Gilchrist Is Done Playing Teenagers". Vulture. August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Gilbert, Sophie (August 13, 2017). "Atypical Is So Close to Great". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Spellberg, Claire (August 22, 2017). "Who is Brigette Lundy-Paine? Meet the Star Making Waves in ‘Atypical’ and ‘The Glass Castle’". Decider. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  9. ^ Petski, Denise (November 3, 2016). "'Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later' Casts Joey Bragg; Nik Dodani In 'Atypical'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 3, 2016.
  10. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (2016-12-05). "'Looking' Star Raúl Castillo Joins Netflix's 'Atypical' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  11. ^ Chaney, Jen (August 10, 2017). "Atypical Is a Sensitive Look at Life With Autism". Vulture. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  12. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (2016-10-17). "Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist to Star in Netflix Family Comedy 'Atypical'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  13. ^ "Atypical - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "Atypical: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes.
  15. ^ Gay, Verne (August 9, 2017). "'Atypical' review: Netflix breaks barriers with comedy about autism". Newsday. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  16. ^ Tallerico, Brian (August 9, 2017). "Great Cast, Empathetic Writing Make "Atypical" Stand Out". rogerebert.com. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  17. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 10, 2017). "'Atypical' explores autism via mostly ordinary Netflix show". CNN. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  18. ^ Goodman, Tim (August 7, 2017). "'Atypical': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  19. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (August 10, 2017). "Review: Autism, Hormones and Family in Netflix's 'Atypical'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  20. ^ Moss, Haley (August 11, 2017). "My Autistic Opinion: Atypical is a Stereotypical Representation of Autism". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  21. ^ a b Rowe, Mickey (August 8, 2017). "Netflix's "Atypical" Was a Major Disappointment for Autism Representation". Teen Vogue. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  22. ^ Murray, Noel (August 11, 2017). "My teen son has autism. Here's what Netflix's new dramedy Atypical gets wrong.". The Week. Retrieved August 12, 2017.

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