On Aug. 11, Netflix introduced a new show called “Atypical,” created and written by Robia Rashid.
Rashid has produced other shows such as “How I Met Your Mother” and “The Goldbergs.”
The show focuses on high school senior Sam Gardner, (Keir Gilchrist), who has Autism and a prominent fascination with Antarctica.
Sam follows his interest in dating and finds it harder than he expects. His autism makes cultivating relationships more difficult, as socializing and identifying social cues are harder for him.
Sam’s family and personal life play a big role in his dating journey. His mother Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh), father Doug (Michael Rapaport), and sister Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) aid him with advice and support, while also providing their own storylines for the show.
Julia Sasaki (Amy Okuda), Sam’s therapist, mentions dating in one of their sessions, and explains to him that although there are misconceptions, people on the Autistic Spectrum are able to, and often do, date. Julia helps him navigate dealing with his Autism along with the crazy world of relationships that has been opened up to him.
Sam quickly develops a crush on Julia despite her being his 26-year-old therapist.
Throughout the episodes, Sam learns how to better communicate his feelings and how to identify other people’s feelings.