Netflix’ newest show, Atypical, is about an autistic child, Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), just trying to survive his senior year of high school, with the challenges of dating and life.
The people to help him through it all?
- His father (Michael Rapaport), who has never had much of a connection with his son, but with girls coming into the picture, that may just change
- Mis mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) has always been closest to Sam, but is now struggling with her own rocky relationship and losing track of him
- Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine), Sam’s younger sister, and the fastest runner in the school, has her own social problems, but that won’t stop her from protecting Sam at all costs and guiding him through his troubles.
- Julia (Amy Okuda), Sam’s therapist and the lady he crushes on the most
- Zahid (Nik Dodani), the smooth talking ladies man who works with Sam at an appliance store, will be his wingman ’til the end of Earth and back
Dude, nobodies normal. -Zahid
Casey reminds me of a friendlier version of Unbreakable‘s Xanthippe, and Rapaport is a surprisingly sweet and charming-self. Meanwhile, Sam’s levels of taking everything seriously makes the show funnier and more enjoyable.
I hadn’t known anything about this show ahead of time but found it to be a great binge, and it gets an 8.5 out of 10.