Netflix has released the first trailer and official key art for season 2 of its critically acclaimed original series 'Atypical', which is returning to the streaming service on September 7. It is almost like an assurance that the heartfelt dramedy about an autistic boy's quest to find love and make something meaningful out of his life will certainly take a different turn in Season2.
Season 1 of 'Atypical' mostly weaves itself around a coming of age story that follows Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum, as he searches for love and independence. While Sam is on his funny and emotional journey of self-discovery, the rest of his family must grapple with the change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal? Probably Season 2 will help answer this question through its 'slice of life' style of storytelling. Season 1 saw the family struggle with their own vice as they try to hold on to each other through all bad times.
There's nothing predictable about Atypical Season 2, streaming September 7th, only on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/qvR5BjVjCr— Atypical (@Atypical) August 20, 2018
However, probably in Season 2, things will take an alternate turn as things fall apart, and the family tries to get through all the obstacles that life has to offer. The old cast will be back for the second season, which includes Jennifer Jason Leigh as Sam's mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self-discovery, Michael Rapaport as his father, Doug, Brigette Lundy-Paine (Margot vs Lily, The Glass Castle) plays Sam’s sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda (How to Get Away with Murder) plays a therapist, Julia. Additional cast includes Nik Dodani (Alex Strangelove) who plays Sam's best friend, Zahid, and Jenna Boyd plays Paige, Sam's on again, off again girlfriend.
In spite of its success in Season 1, the show was criticized for its stereotypical portrayal of autism. Mickey Rowe, an autistic writer/actor, claimed that the show used the disease as a means of humor. “[The script] seems to play into stereotypes that I’ve experienced firsthand that could have easily avoided and that may present damaging information about autistic people,” Rowe claimed. “As he does each of these things, it feels like the audience is supposed to laugh at how weird and different Sam is. This is the crux of Atypical’s comedy, but there’s nothing that funny about turning someone’s disability into a punchline.”
Check out the new trailer below: