Atypical

Last updated on 15 October 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. It was renewed for a ten-episode second season on September 13, 2017.[2]

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Plot

Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old from Connecticut 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. When Sam wants to surprise his crush with chocolate-covered strawberries, Doug drives him to her house only to discover that Sam's crush is Julia, Sam's 26-year-old therapist. 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,[3] who previously worked on How I Met Your Mother and The Goldbergs as a producer.[4] 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.[5][6] 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".[7]

Cast and characters

Main

Recurring

  • Graham Rogers as Evan Chapin,[3] Casey's boyfriend
  • Nik Dodani as Zahid,[10] Sam's best friend, a "dweeby and foul-mouthed lothario"[8]
  • Raúl Castillo as Nick,[11] a bartender Elsa has an affair with[12]
  • Jenna Boyd as Paige Hardaway, Sam's "practice girlfriend"
  • Rachel Redleaf as Beth Chapin, Evan's sister who Casey stands up for after witnessing her get bullied by stuck up mean girl Bailey Bennett.

Episodes

Season one was released on August 11, 2017, and consisted of eight episodes.[5][13]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original release date
1 "Antarctica" Seth Gordon Robia Rashid August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
2 "A Human Female" Michael Patrick Jann Mike Oppenhuizen August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
3 "Julia Says" Michael Patrick Jann Brian Tanen August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
4 "A Nice Neutral Smell" Seth Gordon Annabel Oakes August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
5 "That's My Sweatshirt" Michael Patrick Jann Dennis Saldua August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
6 "The D-Train to Bone Town" Michael Patrick Jann Mike Oppenhuizen & Jen Regan August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
7 "I Lost My Poor Meatball" Joe Kessler Robia Rashid August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
8 "The Silencing Properties of Snow" Michael Patrick Jann Robia Rashid August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)

Reception

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

However, Gilchrist's portrayal also received some criticism for being inaccurate and stereotypical.[21][22] The lack of autistic people in the cast was also questioned.[22][23]

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. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 13, 2017). "'Atypical' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Bacle, Ariana (August 10, 2017). "Atypical star Keir Gilchrist on new Netflix show: 'Everybody's kind of odd'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 13, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "First Look: Teen with autism comes of age in Netflix's 'Atypical'". USA Today. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  6. ^ Thaxton, Ryan (July 18, 2017). "Watch: Netflix's Atypical Trailer Is Hilarious, but Will It Be Poignant?". Paste. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "After Atypical, Keir Gilchrist Is Done Playing Teenagers". Vulture. August 11, 2017. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  8. ^ a b Gilbert, Sophie (August 13, 2017). "Atypical Is So Close to Great". The Atlantic. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Schwindt, Oriana (2016-12-05). "'Looking' Star Raúl Castillo Joins Netflix's 'Atypical' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-06.
  12. ^ Chaney, Jen (August 10, 2017). "Atypical Is a Sensitive Look at Life With Autism". Vulture. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (2016-10-17). "Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist to Star in Netflix Family Comedy 'Atypical'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-10-17.
  14. ^ "Atypical - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  15. ^ "Atypical: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes.
  16. ^ Gay, Verne (August 9, 2017). "'Atypical' review: Netflix breaks barriers with comedy about autism". Newsday. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  17. ^ Tallerico, Brian (August 9, 2017). "Great Cast, Empathetic Writing Make "Atypical" Stand Out". rogerebert.com. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  18. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 10, 2017). "'Atypical' explores autism via mostly ordinary Netflix show". CNN. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  19. ^ Goodman, Tim (August 7, 2017). "'Atypical': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  20. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (August 10, 2017). "Review: Autism, Hormones and Family in Netflix's 'Atypical'". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  21. ^ Moss, Haley (August 11, 2017). "My Autistic Opinion: Atypical is a Stereotypical Representation of Autism". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  22. ^ a b Rowe, Mickey (August 8, 2017). "Netflix's "Atypical" Was a Major Disappointment for Autism Representation". Teen Vogue. Retrieved August 12, 2017.
  23. ^ 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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