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Atypical póster.jpg
Genre Coming-of-age
Created by Robia Rashid
Composer(s) Dan Romer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) Robia Rashid
Seth Gordon
Mary Rohlich
Producer(s) Jennifer Jason Leigh
Running time 29–38 minutes
Production company(s) Weird Brain
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Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Netflix
Original network Netflix
Original release August 11, 2017 (2017-08-11) – present (present)
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Atypical is a coming-of-age[1] television series created 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. It was renewed for a ten-episode second season on September 13, 2017.[2] The second season will premiere on September 7, 2018.


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.


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 said in an interview for Vulture, "[Rashid] wrote the script. We talked a ton and I did research and I watched movies and I read books".[7]

Cast and characters[edit]



  • 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, whom Casey stands up for after witnessing her get bullied by stuck up mean girl Bailey Bennett.


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

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Antarctica"Seth GordonRobia RashidAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
2"A Human Female"Michael Patrick JannMike OppenhuizenAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
3"Julia Says"Michael Patrick JannBrian TanenAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
4"A Nice Neutral Smell"Seth GordonAnnabel OakesAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
5"That's My Sweatshirt"Michael Patrick JannDennis SalduaAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
6"The D-Train to Bone Town"Michael Patrick JannMike Oppenhuizen & Jen ReganAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
7"I Lost My Poor Meatball"Joe KesslerRobia RashidAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)
8"The Silencing Properties of Snow"Michael Patrick JannRobia RashidAugust 11, 2017 (2017-08-11)


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 77% at Rotten Tomatoes, with an average rating of 5.32 out of 10.[15] The acting, including Gilchrist's performance, was generally well-received,[16][17][18] although Gilchrist's portrayal received criticism from some quarters for being inaccurate and stereotypical.[19][20] The lack of autistic people in the cast was also questioned.[20][21]


Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2018 Satellite Awards Best Musical or Comedy Series Atypical Nominated


  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 (December 5, 2016). "'Looking' Star Raúl Castillo Joins Netflix's 'Atypical' (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  12. ^ Chaney, Jen (August 10, 2017). "Atypical Is a Sensitive Look at Life With Autism". Vulture. Retrieved August 15, 2017. 
  13. ^ Goldberg, Leslie (October 17, 2016). "Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist to Star in Netflix Family Comedy 'Atypical'". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 17, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Atypical - Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Atypical: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 22, 2018. 
  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". Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  18. ^ Lowry, Brian (August 10, 2017). "'Atypical' explores autism via mostly ordinary Netflix show". CNN. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  19. ^ Moss, Haley (August 11, 2017). "My Autistic Opinion: Atypical is a Stereotypical Representation of Autism". The Huffington Post. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ a b Rowe, Mickey (August 8, 2017). "Netflix's "Atypical" Was a Major Disappointment for Autism Representation". Teen Vogue. Retrieved August 12, 2017. 
  21. ^ 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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