For the last few years the word Autism has been bandied about in political discussions, but efforts to educate people on the condition are in many cases met with lack of interest. Some people don't care about a thing until it effects them directly. With the expanding media platforms including streaming services, it is easier now for movies and series to present concepts to the general audience and help remove the stigma and increase understanding.
Looking at the trailer for Netflix's new series Atypical, this looks like a show that will not only present an honest and positive look at a young autistic male coming of age, but also look at the effect it has on his family.
Sam (Keir Gilchrist) would like to get to know a nice girl. The challenge, however, is that the 18-year-old is on the autism spectrum. And when his therapist (Amy Okuda) encourages him to find a girlfriend, his newfound independence complicates his relationship with his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Michael Rapaport as Sam's father and Brigette Lundy-Paine as his sister Casey.
There is a moment in the trailer where Sam tells his friends that he wishes he was normal, and one of his friends tells him that no one is normal… that is a good message.
Atypical's eight-episode first season will premiere on August 11.