Netflix Orders Autism-Themed Comedy Atypical Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh

Netflix has made an Atypical series pickup, ordering eight episodes of the autism-themed family comedy starring Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The coming of age story follows Sam (played by The United States of Tara‘s Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum who is on a search for love and independence. His funny yet painful journey of self-discovery upends his entire family, forcing them all to grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal?

Leigh stars as Sam’s mother, Elsa, and Michael Rapaport (Justified) plays his father, Doug.

The series was created by Robia Rashid (The Goldbergs, How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace). Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs) will direct the premiere.

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  1. Lori says:

    Interesting, there are hardly any shows with autism featured since Parenthood. I have an autistic teen, will check it out.

    • Have you checked the A Word ? It’s a british show, not about a teen but about a family with 5/6 year old who is finally diagnosed with autism. It’s based on an israeli format that is also very successfull. The A word has already been renewed, it has Morven Christie, C. Eccleston and Lee Ingleby among the adults, the kid is played by Max Vento.

  2. ms. moore says:

    It’s great there will be a show featuring autism!! Society needs to show more acceptance to those individuals on the spectrum… I will most definitely be watching.

  3. peterwdawson says:

    At least another show’s willing to give their character autism and actually call it that. More than a couple of shows have characters clearly showing signs of something from the autism spectrum but refuse to actually call it that.