Netflix's 'Atypical' Renewed for a Second Season


“Atypical,” a new Netflix original series centered around autism, has been renewed for a second season. Its renewal comes less than a month after the show’s premiere. 

The show centers around Sam, an 18-year-old high school senior on the autism spectrum, as he navigates first-time love and other aspects of life. The show also depicts the lives of Sam’s family and how Sam’s autism affects their lives.

“Atypical” was met with mixed reviews from the autism community. There were parts of Sam’s character — played by Keir Gilchrist, a neurotypical actor — that people found stereotypical, while others liked certain aspects of his portrayal, like stimming.

Robia Rashid, the show’s creator, previously told The Mighty the show did its best to have people in the autism community involved, noting, “We have several crew members who are parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). We had an autism researcher and expert on staff who read every outline and script and watched every cut to give notes. It’s something we feel very strongly about and are always working on.”

However, some people on the autism spectrum believe the show did not go far enough, as “Atypical” only features one autistic actor, Anthony Jacques, who had a small speaking part.

Season two will have 10 episodes.


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