Atypical: A Heartwarming Netflix Review

Another Binge Watching with Bae Experience

I told you we watch a lot (too much) television. We thought that by not getting cable we wouldn’t get sucked in. Then along comes this glorious thing called Netflix. It took us maybe 3 nights to finish the first season of “Atypical” and I am ready for season two!

“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.” –IMDB

This review may does contain spoilers, read at your own risk. Also, this show may be triggering for some as the main character is on the Autism Spectrum.

First Thoughts

Did you know that Netflix has the option to watch trailers now? It’s a dangerous tool because I now have a growing list of shows to watch. “Atypical” came up as a suggested show and we needed a break from our current obsession, “Van Helsing.” (not finished that season yet, but review coming soon.)

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Photo Credit: https://www.autismspeaks.org/sites/default/files/docs/atypical.jpg

My first thought while watching “Atypical” was, “I am SO glad they made the show like real-life.” There isn’t anything over the top or inappropriate depiction of the characters. If anything I feel like it is completely accurate with High School dating. No matter who you are, finding a boyfriend/girlfriend is never perfect. As a mom, I was crying through a lot of it. Seeing their family dynamics change as Sam decides to find a girlfriend was extremely touching.

What I Didn’t Like

What I didn’t like was how normal cheating has become in this day and age. Why not communicate with your partner what is happening and what you are going through? To explain: Elsa, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, cheats on her husband Doug with a bartender. Honestly, I was not happy with that part. I understand that he left when things got hard but still if you are back together you go put in the work to make it work. Obviously, I am not in her shoes and it’s hard, but as the child of divorce, I just hate that. (Also, it’s just a character but I’m emotionally involved now)

PLUS: The father, Doug, is played by Michael Rapaport and he is just a big teddy bear in my eyes. I was getting so mad at Elsa (the character) because Rapaport always plays a loveable character.

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Atypical Season 1: Photo Credit: http://www.indiewire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/atypical_108_unit_00731_r.jpg?w=780

Also, the language regarding sex was a little much for me. We are a sex positive household but we also promote respecting women and boundaries. Sam’s best friend Zahid, played by Nik Dodani, was over the top with sexual innuendo. However, I DO like that Zahid treated Sam like an equal while also understanding his specific needs. That part I loved. 

What I Loved

The fact that the writers paid attention to the sister as well. They showed a side that so many people forget about, the sibling’s role in the family dynamic. Personally, I do not have the same experience that Casey, played by Brigette Lundy-Paine, is going through. However, I appreciate that they highlighted her struggles as well. 

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Atypical Season 1: Photo Credit: https://metrouk2.files.wordpress.com/2017/08/atypical_104_unit_00099_r.jpg?w=620&h=414&crop=1

Also, it was an emotional roller coaster that both my husband and I looked forward to watching. That was possibly the best aspect. We not only watched together, we laughed and cried together too. As parents, we both have become softened a little especially in parenting situations. I would definitely recommend this show for parents, hands down.

Atypical – A Must See

Sit back, turn on Netflix, and add this one to your watchlist. You will get sucked in, your heart broke, a little laughter, and feel a whole lot of hope.👍👍👍👍👍
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2 comments

  1. Heather says:

    I love your review, and feel the same way! My oldest son has autism and sensory processing disorder, and while we aren’t in this phase of life yet (he’s 7) everything this show touched on was so, so needed! The sibling dynamic is SO HARD to navigate for us right now, and this really shined light that things would be okay. As for the cheating, AHH!!!! Why is that so sensationalized in the media?! I’m ready for season 2! This was much easier to watch, and left me less of a mess, than the show Parenthood. I tried to watch that show 4 times, and finally just had to skip the first 3 or 4 episodes. They were too much for me personally to handle.

    • <3 Love mama. <3 Parenthood is a really heavy show, I watched all of it a few years ago and it still stays with me. Also, right? Why does the media like to portray cheating as acceptable? I will never understand that, why can't they show people working through issues and communicating?

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