Netflix Picks Up New Original Series About Autism, 'Atypical'


Netflix has picked up a new original comedy series, “Atypical,” about Sam, a teenage boy with autism spectrum disorder, who is on a journey to find love and acceptance.

The eight-episode series stars Keir Gilchrist as Sam and Jennifer Jason Leigh as his mother. So far it appears as though none of the cast members are on the autism spectrum.

“Atypical” is the second special needs-related comedy to be picked up by a major network this year. ABC’s “Speechless,” starring Micah Fowler, was picked up early for a full first season following the success of its pilot episode.

“Atypical” will begin production later this year in Los Angeles.

The Mighty reached out to Netflix and has yet to hear back. 

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