Atypical has genuine representation without coming off as preachy and read on to why it needs to be your next binge-watch.
Atypical, which released its first season on Netflix in 2017, follows a teen, Sam, who is on the autism spectrum, as he navigates his life and decides to experience romance and tries to become independent. The show also follows the different events taking place in the family members' lives.
Over the seasons, the viewers get an insight not only into the lives of people dealing with autism but also how their near and dear ones deal with it. As the final season of Atypical releases on Netflix, we are giving you five reasons to watch this heartfelt and educational show which puts across its points without being preachy.
A bit on the nose but due to the absence of much content dealing accurately with mental health issues, this show is definitely a breath of fresh air. It not only educates people on how to interact with people on the autistic spectrum but also makes us empathise more. The series goes about breaking stereotypes one must have held for autistic people without reducing Sam to just his condition. With subsequent seasons, the show features not only more autistic actors but writers on the spectrum for an authentic portrayal.
Even if you are not on or live with someone on the spectrum, the show is going to be highly relatable for you. As Atypical explores family dynamics and hidden secrets coming to light, one can’t help but relate with the Gardner family and see themselves reflected in it.
These 30-minute-long episodes not only have good comic timing but also endearing characters with their own quirks and eccentricities. For instance, Sam’s obsessions with Antarctica and Penguins is bound to grow on you and make you go aww. Sam’s friend Zahid not only provides comic relief but is also a loyal sidekick.
LGBTQ+ representation for the win! To avoid spoilers, we will just say that it explores the sexuality of one of the pivotal characters as they go through a cascade of emotions.
Elsa Gardner and her midlife crisis
Elsa Gardner, Sam’s mother, is left bereft when her son announces that he wants to pursue romance and be more independent. She had always played the role of that hovering overprotective mother, with her relationship with her husband and daughter taking a backseat. But as the identity of that overprotective mother is suddenly taken away from her, we see her midlife crisis play out.