This post is a little different as it isn’t about books but there you go. So I recently watched (binged) a show called Atypical. It centres around an Autistic teenage boy and his journey through love and independence. This is less a review on the show and more on how it made me think, so I’ll paste a little synopsis below for you before getting into my thoughts. This is spoiler free.
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.
Overall the show was funny, with a whole cast of interesting characters. There was a lot going on but it wasn’t hard to follow, I really enjoyed it. Before I knew it we’d watched the whole thing in one evening. I understand there’s been mixed reviews on the show, I’m still researching different opinions, so this is just my thoughts on t.
I wanted to write about this show because it really opened my eyes. Not so much on the Autism itself, as I wasn’t completely clueless, but more on how others react to it. Obviously, I’m not a teenager anymore, but seeing scenes where he was in school and how the other teenagers were being SO cruel to him just… *sigh*.
I was bullied in school – but I mostly shrugged it off at the time. It’s affected me more later in life than it did then, but it’s just horrible watching how cruel these kids can be. It made me think, surely if they know that he is autistic, they would understand why he was ‘weird’ in their eyes, and be kinder? But they weren’t, and the reality is, kids aren’t always kind. I think it’s less on the kids and more on the parents to educate their kids on kindness, maybe? I don’t know.
The show itself was great, funny, eye opening and raw. I don’t personally have anyone in my life on the spectrum, so I can’t judge on the accuracies of the depiction of Autism. However, I’ve read some reviews and I read an article interviewing the creator, Robia Rashid, and it seems that a lot of hard work has gone in to make this show as accurate as possible, shedding light on Autism as a whole, and that I think was done very well. Again, there are mixed reviews however and I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.
It’s currently on Netflix, and there’s about 8 episodes so is an easy binge watch, I definitely recommend you check it out.
Have you watched it? What did you think? Did you like it? Am I completely off base?