Atypical – Why new Netflix Series on “Autistic” Sam might be Worth your Time


Introducing an upcoming series for a new generation of Netflix viewers that broaches the topic of understanding autism! Watch the trailer of this upcoming Netflix show – Atypical!

The first season of Atypical is scheduled to go on air by August 11th.

The television series stars Keir Gilchrist, who goes by the name Sam, as an 18-year-old autistic teen who puts up with the world despite his unusual characteristics.

Before you read more interesting things about the series, allow us to introduce the main characters.

Below are the main characters of the series:

  • Keir Gilchrist as Sam
  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Elsa: Sam’s Mother
  • Michael Rapaport as Doug: Sam’s Father
  • Brigette Lundy-Paine as Casey: Sam’s Sister
  • Amy Okuda as Julia: Sam’s Therapist

Some characters have a recurring role. Below are the names of the supporting actors:

  • Nik Dodani as Zahid
  • Raúl Castillo as Nick
  • Rachel Redleaf as Beth Chapin

Interestingly, the trailer starts with picky lines when Elsa asks Sam about his ongoing therapy sessions. Sam wittily says,

The therapist thinks I should put myself out there and find someone to have sex with.

When he sees the surprise on his family’s faces, Sam quickly adds

The therapist didn’t say the sex part and I have added to it.

The writer, Robia Rashid, has done an amazingly wonderful job of writing, as she catches the audience off guard and makes them impatiently wait for the series to go on air.

Robia Rashid
Atypical is Written and Directed by: Robia Rashid

The trailer moves back and forth to keep the audience glued to their seats. It shows Sam saying “I am weird and that’s what everyone says and thinks of me.”

Sam further goes on to describe his emotional struggles and says that at times he doesn’t understand what people mean when they say things that are meant to be understood in a different way.

Sam struggles many a time to say the right things or understand the hidden meanings behind words expressed differently and says, “Sometimes, I wish I could have been normal.”

We believe the author wanted to stress the importance of the difficulties autistic individuals face when trying to understand something, such as a sarcastic remark spoken in a normal tone, expecting a different reaction as a whole.

At this point, Sam believes he cannot pick up girls, as he thinks he is not great on picking up signals. Interestingly, the genre revolves around the immediate folks trying to help Sam pick up the girl.

The therapist convinces Sam that people on the autism spectrum do date and that they are no different than their regular peers.

His friends console him and beautifully say, “Nobody is Normal,” something which each and every one of us can relate to.

Sam, although facing many troubles, overcomes the initial family hiccups and understands that the line “Practice makes perfect” is a perfect lie.

He goes on to say that humans cannot be perfect because we are not all machines.

Sam highlights, “Practice only makes you better and not perfect.”

We at AutisMag believe that the author has done a good job of trying to bring the actual reality of autistic people to life with witty one liner’s.

Indeed, Atypical is one such TV show that will surely generate some interest, especially with families and adults dealing with Autism. Netflix has gone as far as employing external consultants to ensure that the main character, Sam, closely resembles adolescents with Spectrum conditions.
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People with Autism are often misconstrued, and hence there is an element of risk that some may not be able to directly connect with the characters in Atypical. That said, we expect the very best from Netflix – and would certainly like to believe that they would have our back!

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