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Atypical (2017)

Rayting:   8.3/10 76K votes
Country: USA
Language: English

Sam, an 18 year old on the autism spectrum, decides it's time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam's mom on her own life changing path as her son seeks more independence.

Episode Guide

Season 4

Season 3

Season 2

Season 1

Best Atypical Episodes

Top 20 (Ranked)

September 7, 2018star9.2 1421 votesS2E10 Ernest Shackleton's Rules for Survival
November 1, 2019star9.0 1107 votesS3E6 The Essence of a Penguin
August 11, 2017star8.9 1448 votesS1E8 The Silencing Properties of Snow
July 9, 2021star8.9 765 votesS4E10 Dessert at Olive Garden
November 1, 2019star8.8 986 votesS3E10 Searching for Brown Sugar Man
November 1, 2019star8.8 922 votesS3E8 Road Rage Paige
July 9, 2021star8.6 580 votesS4E8 Magical Bird #2
September 7, 2018star8.5 1005 votesS2E9 Ritual-licious
November 1, 2019star8.5 810 votesS3E9 Sam Takes a Walk
August 11, 2017star8.4 1280 votesS1E4 A Nice Neutral Smell
September 7, 2018star8.4 987 votesS2E6 In the Dragon's Lair
September 7, 2018star8.4 978 votesS2E4 Pants on Fire
November 1, 2019star8.4 842 votesS3E5 Only Tweed
November 1, 2019star8.3 881 votesS3E7 Shrinkage
November 1, 2019star8.3 863 votesS3E4 Y.G.A.G.G.
August 11, 2017star8.2 1223 votesS1E5 That’s My Sweatshirt
August 11, 2017star8.2 1179 votesS1E6 The D-Train to Bone Town
August 11, 2017star8.2 1177 votesS1E7 I Lost My Poor Meatball
September 7, 2018star8.2 939 votesS2E7 The Smudging
August 11, 2017star8.1 1621 votesS1E1 Antarctica

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User Reviews

Kylkoog 9 September 2018

betsat. I absolutely love this show! And as always Jennifer Jason Leigh is brilliant! Please renew for a third season. The show brings to light so many things (not just autism but all things in life) it really is the best show on Netflix, and quite frankly, a fresh breath of air in the world of tv shows. Bravo 5/5 Stars 2 thumbs up!

Kylkoog 9 September 2018

I absolutely love this show! And as always Jennifer Jason Leigh is brilliant! Please renew for a third season. The show brings to light so many things (not just autism but all things in life) it really is the best show on Netflix, and quite frankly, a fresh breath of air in the world of tv shows. Bravo 5/5 Stars 2 thumbs up!

vgoodness-59302 20 August 2017

Atypical watchseries. I'm watching "Atypical". (thank you Lauren). I'm so glad I stumbled (with a little shove by my sister "L") on this Netflix original series. Here's my "Atypical" reasons why. I'm a Mom with similar feelings and fears as the Mom in the series, so I can relate. My "atypical" son *loves* the main actor Keir Gilchrist, therefore I do, and more specifically, one of the only movies my son can actually sit through the whole thing is a Keir Gilchrist movie called "It's Kind of a Funny Story".

The main character, "Sam", hyper focuses on the Arctic and penguins relating everything, pretty much, in life, to that focus, like my son relates everything to Minecraft. He gets stuck on words, takes things literally, smiles awkwardly when expected on cue, and is effing hilarious...All atypical qualities that makes the movie and my son, exceptional.

I give this series 10 stars but more importantly, I give this series the full one hour sit through per episode with Minecraft and "I like pie" word rant breaks in between.

aleminio 6 October 2018

I absolutely loved it and watched everything in 1 go. Even my girlfriend who can barely finish an episode of anything without stopping in the middle and continuing at some other time, has watched both seasons in one evening. Which leads to my only disappointment from this show so far, and that's the fact that the seasons are quite short.

The show is basically a comedy with some drama elements about an autistic high-school teenager. Unlike most of the other high-school shows out there, I actually liked this one because of the the amazing script. The time at school isn't the focus of this show. It's about everyone surrounding the autistic kid such as family, friends, therapists etc. You get to touch and feel all of their lives and the writers really did a great work to make you feel as if you're part of that family. The dialogues are not banal, the jokes are good and some of the characters are sweet as a candy and you'll just love them.

There are some exaggerated parts, but It really isn't that bad and I guess it's part of what makes the show feel a bit more light and fun rather than being too serious.

So far it's one of my most favorite TV shows that I'd recommend anyone to watch, and it's suitable for the entire family.

stephen-790 30 October 2018

I'm hoping that in Season 3 her character is less annoying, if not I will have to stop watching.

countedto3 29 September 2018

Sam from Atypical is so much like my son, and yet so different. Sam's roller coaster life has given my son hope for his future. He was feeling as if he could not graduate high school and have a life. My son is 15 and a sophomore. Sam's character is mesmerizing, funny, sad, interesting, and plain amazing! Watching Sam has been such a great way for my son to recognize that life for him is going to be tough but, we can laugh and cry and freak out. It's alright. It will all work out some how. My son watching Sam and Paige has also given him hope in having a girlfriend that likes him for who he is. Atypical is the absolute best show to watch for families with a child on the spectrum - despite all the horrible reviews. I'm sure those reviews are from people that do not see Sam in children on the spectrum. Which is kind of the point - no child on the spectrum is the same and the reviews that say we need to keep trying to find the perfect way to represent kids with autism do NOT understand autism's unique characteristics. I think those people should make their own show about their views of autism and leave Atypical alone. It's amazing and wonderful. Sweet and inspirational. Sam is a super amazknf kid - and so similar to my son and my students - yep! I'm also a teacher that works in a school for children with autism. I love every single one of my students, and all their unique abilities. Sam Gardner - keep on keeping on. Don't let horrible people keep you down - they just don't get you! And that's alright. You are a bright shining star! And so is your real person, Keir, because without your incredible skills - Sam would not have been in my living while my son watched with a laundry basket over his head because he doesn't like big spaces either.

robert-b-norby 12 August 2017

This is a show about the everyday life of a family with an 18 year old boy with autism. Not the extreme kind, but the kind that makes it just bearable for him to go to school and keep a part time job - and wanting girls hehe.

I fell in love with all family members (and a few others) in the very first episode, and the love just grows. I have to give kudos to the writers and actors for portraying a "normal" family with such real challenges given their situation, in such a realistic and beautiful way. Nothing is overly exaggerated like most other sitcoms, and this is not comparable to the Big Bang Theory and Sheldon. This is far more realistic, and thus touching. It's not funny because of punchlines, it's funny because of situations. And no background laughter.

Sam - the main character with autism - is brutally honest (I guess, like Sheldon), and is (like most people on the spectrum) highly fixated on a few key subjects, that he naturally is an expert at. Que laughter! :D But he seems real. His challenges are in fact very real, and I know this first hand from having a brother at his age with autism as well. It is clear that the creators of this show has some deep personal experience with this condition (sorry if that's the wrong term to use:S English is not my first language). To me, this ads a huge emotional thumbs up.

Whether or not you are invested in the subject of autism, I will be shocked if you don't fall for this show. The story follows all the characters, and so the show doesn't become too monotone in it's depiction. We follow the younger sister's challenges with having a big brother that depends on her at school, along with sports and guys, and the parents and their challenges with getting time for themselves, and dealing with their social group as the ones with an autistic kid. And a whole bunch of other things.

When I am watching this show, I feel like I am watching the evolution of sitcoms that, instead of making foolish situations and punchlines with background laughter that drive the show through humor, I'm instead learning and reflecting and smiling my way through each episode with, if possible, deeper respect for all people that have to make special sacrifices in order to create their every day lives. I almost feel like a better person, and kinda want to thank the creators for that.

I hope this places your expectations exactly where they should be, and that you put it on and enjoy it as much as I did! :)

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