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Netflix nails it with Atypical. Back in April I got the chance to screen the first episode of the new Netflix Original Series, Atypical, that premieres on August 11th. Laughter, tears, and heart in your throat moments are what that first episode brings. More than that, it’s relatable for so many parents and teenagers. After screening the second and third episodes last month, I can tell you without a doubt that Atypical on Netflix is a MUST watch.
Netflix’s new heartfelt comedy series, Atypical, is a coming-of-age story from the point-of-view of Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum.
Atypical on Netflix stars Keir Gilchrist as Sam, Jennifer Jason Leigh as Sam’s mother, and Michael Rapport as Sam’s dad. The actors have a fantastic chemistry on camera, which grabs you from the opening scene. Elsa (played by Jennifer Jason Leigh) is like a lot of mothers out there. She wants to do the best for her children, is a tad bit over-protective, and has lost herself among motherhood.
“At this bar, for the first time since probably Sam was diagnosed I wasn’t worried or scared. I was just having fun with a group of strangers who had nothing to do with Autism. – Elsa”
Doug (played by Michael Rapaport) is like a lot of fathers out there. He wants to do the best for his children, often has no clue how to connect with them, and just wants to flirt a little with his wife in the kitchen, or the closet. They also struggle with raising a special needs child, each in their own way.
What does it really mean to be “normal”?
The first relateable moment for me is when Sam is talking to his therapist Julia, played by Amy Okuda, and she tells him to “Put himself out there.” To which he responds, “Out where?“. That moment made me laugh and choke back tears because my son is literal, just like Sam. I sometimes forget how specific we have to be with my son. A few weeks ago at my parent’s house, my dad was carrying in the air conditioner and asked my son to hold open the door. The door which he held open until someone returned to tell him to close because his directions were to hold it open and no one specified to him for how long.
Being a teenager is just plain awkward. That alone makes Atypical relatable for all teenagers. Sam is autistic and manuevering through typical teenage challenges likes first dates, wanting to have sex, and working at a job. Then you have Sam’s sister Casey (played by Brigette Lundy-Paine) who has some shining moments of her own. Sticking up for her brother, fights with parents, and her first kiss – which by the way, her reaction made me feel like I just had my first kiss! She’s good and maybe one of my favorite parts about Atypical.
Atypical grabs your heartstrings like Parenthood, the relatablness of Roseanne, and the humor of How I Met Your Mother. The later isn’t surprising though, as Atypical was created by Robia Rashid who created How I Met Your Mother. One of my all time favorite series, and Atypical now joins that list!
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