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Off Topic: Atypical – TV Show review

Over the past fews days I did lots of work from home (supposedly in holidays, ha, work always finds you!) and as I hate complete silence I decided to watch something while working on my computer. I started with some Arrow episodes but while the action is nice the plot wholes often times are just too much to enjoy it, even as a background noise. Therefore I looked for something else and, by coincidence, stumbled upon Atypical.

IMDB describes the show as follows:

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.

That was enough to sound kinda ‘interesting’ to me but upon checking it out, it became so much more. The show not only highlights the struggles of someone in the autism spectrum but also highlights that Sam, even though he is in the spectrum, has the same issues as every other 18 year old teenager and it’s fascinating to see how he handles it. It’s also fascinating to see how he is aware of his own ‘causing scenes’ – which is something I wasn’t aware of. I have to admit that I thought I knew a bit about autism but thanks to a few aspects of the show I realized that only scratched the surface.

Moreover the show highlights the issues of the Sam’s parents (Jennifer Jason Leigh & Michael Rapaport) which are also fascinating to follow and easily to relate to. Then there also is Sam’s sister who is torn between having to protect him but also living her own life and figuring out what to do while growing up.

Last but not least the always relatable Amy Okuda plays Sam’s psychiatrist who also isn’t free of mistakes, failures and problems in her own life.

Of course this show also has the obvious goof ball in the cast with Sam’s best friend and has lots of comedy show jokes built in which don’t hinder the story telling though and Sam being hilarious on his own while just going through life and observing the world around him is, as I said before, fascinating.

I watched the whole show within three days and am very much looking forward to the next season.

Sascha Funk

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Sascha is the publisher of and switched from an online marketing agency life in Europe to a teaching and education life in Thailand. He also writes about Teaching & Technology.

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