Autism At Center Of New Netflix Series ‘Atypical’
The coming-of-age story of an 18-year-old with autism is headed to Netflix.
The streaming service said it will debut the eight-episode series “Atypical” later this summer.
The half-hour show is presented from the perspective of Sam, a teen on the spectrum played by Keir Gilchrist, who’s looking to gain independence and find love.
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“While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with change in their own lives while exploring the question: what does it really mean to be ‘normal?'” Netflix said in describing the show.
In a first-look clip released this month, Sam is seen justifying to his mom, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, why he wants to start dating before finally declaring that “at some point, I really, really hope that I get to see boobs.”
To ensure an accurate depiction of autism, Netflix said show creators worked with a professor of special education at California State University Channel Islands.
“Atypical” will be available on Netflix beginning Aug. 11.