Atypical: A show on the spectrum

Atypical a show on the spectrum


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.

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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*.

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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?

10 thoughts on “Atypical: A show on the spectrum

  1. Oh, happy to see your thoughts! I’ve been watching this show slowly and didn’t realize it was only 8 episodes. So I’m probably almost through.

    I was likewise surprised by the bullying at school. That was very difficult to watch. But I’ve liked the show as a whole! I’m not a huge fan of the mother, but I think she’s a very likely-to-exist character.

    It does seem in line with other things I’ve read about autism and I’m glad to see Netflix promoting strong content like this.

    1. Yeah it ends rather suddenly!
      Yeah the mother character is – hmmm like you say a likely character. I kind of love her/hate her. It kind of shows the tolls the family has taken.

      Glad you liked my post, I was very nervous posting it!

  2. I’ve refused to watch this show, because this portrayal of autism is played out. The only autistic people we see in media are allo cis het white boys, and I’m tired of it. As an autistic woman, I wish there were a thought to the rest of the people on the spectrum before we get even more of these Sheldon Cooper-esque portrayals.
    There’s also a large contingent of gross white cis men on the reddit/4chan side of thing that talk about being “incel” or involuntarily celibate, and a lot of them say it’s because girl’s don’t understand what it’s like to be a nerdy boy, or a boy with different interests, and this show plays into it a lot.
    I’m glad you enjoyed it, but I’m not watching it at all. I’m good.

    1. I agree, it’s a problem. I’m hoping that perhaps with shows like this getting an audience it will encourage more realistic and varied portrayals in future. Thanks for your feedback I’m glad to hear your opinion

  3. I managed to stay off of Netflix for about a month (what????) but I just heard about this one last night and it went on my to watch list. It sounds pretty interesting and hopefully it’s a good representation. We need more diverse tv shows.

  4. Nice to reads someone’s thoughts on the program when they don’t have any connection to ASD.

    I just wrote my first ever blog on here, on this very topic. Not sure if you read it, I’m new to this app. It says my thoughts on it as a mother to a child who has autism.

    In the internet world it seems Autism is well known. But in the real world, it’s not like that at all.

    People are not educated so don’t deal with situations well.

    They should of hired an autistic person to play sam though. So many disabled actors out there.

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