Netflix Year in Review: 17 best Netflix Originals of 2017

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14. Atypical

I didn’t initially know what to expect from this coming-of-age comedy, but boy, did it deliver.

Atypical follows Sam, a teen on the autism spectrum. As he makes moves towards independence, his family—who has largely centered their lives around his diagnosis—must now tackle their own identities outside of Sam.

Sam begins his journey into adulthood by deciding to pursue a girlfriend: his therapist, Julia. Obviously, this choice in a companion is a little outrageous and serves as a catalyst for the whole family to change. His father connects with Sam in new ways over life and love, his mother struggles to find her new role after guardianship, and even his sister considers big life choices with new eyes in the face of her brother’s newfound independence.

Young Keir Gilchrist is a straight rock star as Sam. Additionally, screen vets Michael Rapaport and Jennifer Jason Leigh bring real credibility and support to the show, allowing Gilchrist to really spread his wings as he explores such a unique role as their son. I believe every moment this endearing cast delivers.

This show tackles some really heavy issues with a lighthearted perspective. Atypical is loving and realistic, and certainly never mocking. This story is definitely emotional, but still provides plenty of laughs. Its inaugural season is not perfect, but it, like its protagonist Sam, has so much potential for growth.

Thankfully for Atypical fans, it would seem that Netflix tends to agree with this sentiment. The series has been renewed for a second season with 10 episodes.