Atypical – TV Review

Sam (Keir Gilchrist) is an eighteen-year-old  high school boy on the autistic spectrum who sees a counsellor, Julia (Amy Okuda) who encourages him to explore the possibilities of finding love. His mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who has been protective of him for his whole life, and struggles with Sam’s quest to find love. Along his journey, he finds a different relationship with his father (Michael Rappaport). Then there’s his sister, Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) who is struggling with her relationship with Sam. She’s mean to him in the way that only sisters can be to sisters, but she also takes care of him, and needs to figure out who she is away from him.

I really liked this show. I feel like it is a pretty accurate representation of one experience of autism. I like that Sam takes a lot of notes and tries to figure out love – something that we all struggle with. How do you know when you’re in love? I also liked that it was not just about Sam and his journey. We saw other characters and how their lives worked, including how they dealt with having Sam as a key focus in their lives, love it and/or hate it.

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