IMDb rating: 8.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 87%
In case you’ve missed it, Atypical is about 18-year-old Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autism spectrum, and how he and his family deal with his special needs as well as their own dramas. If this is news to you, I’m a little envious because you have all four seasons ahead of you to enjoy.
In the final season, Sam is grappling with challenges at college after having moved out of home, and his sister, Casey (Bridget Lundy-Paine), is trying to decide whether or not to tell her father that she’s dating her best friend, Izzie.
When it comes to representation, Atypical hits all the right notes. The first season drew criticism for not using autistic actors but that was remedied from Season 2. Kerry Magro writes on The Mighty: “I love how I could relate in several ways to Sam’s character. Growing up with autism, I also started college at 19 and it was a dream come true. After years during my adolescence of being told by experts that I would be lucky to graduate from high school one day, I truly saw getting into college as a milestone that I could do anything I wanted in this world.”
The Los Angeles Times says, “Atypical is irreverent when it needs to be, insightful when it counts and, above all, empathetic to the pressures of growing up – on or off the spectrum.”
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