'Atypical': Season 2 premieres September 7 on Netflix
Sam and his pals will be back soon on Netflix's show 'Atypical' in September to show the world that there is no such thing as normal
Netflix announced the release of the second season of 'Atypical' on social media and the comedy-drama series is supposed to hit the streaming platform on September 7. The show, which originally consisted of eight episodes during its debut season last year, has increased the number episodes to 10 for its second season.
Created by Robia Rashid (who is also behind shows like 'The Goldbergs', 'How I Met Your Mother', 'Will & Grace') who also serves as the writer and executive producer, the show is being executive produced by Seth Gordon and Mary Rohlich. Gordon, who has been the director of 'Horrible Bosses', 'The King of Kong', and 'Baywatch', has directed multiple episodes in the series. 'Atypical' received a Satellite Award nomination in the Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical category for the first season.
"Sometimes in life you need your team behind you and sometimes you need to be someone else's team." pic.twitter.com/4AoJsrgBiI— Atypical (@Atypical) August 13, 2018
As the plot goes, 'Atypical' is 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 changes in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: What does it really mean to be normal?
Jennifer Jason Leigh (who is also an executive producer of the show) stars as his mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self-discovery. Michael Rapaport plays 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.
The additional cast for Season 2 include, Nik Dodani (Alex Strangelove) who plays Sam's best friend, Zahid, and Jenna Boyd plays Paige, Sam's on-again-off-again girlfriend. As the series follows the "normal" experiences of Sam, Rashid said, "The theme of Atypical is that no one’s normal, but Sam’s probably the most normal one of all of them. One of the cool things about Atypical is that this is a guy who’s just like all of us.”
While the show has been criticized by many for its stereotypical projection of autism, Gilchrist stated that his character was drawn from several people around him who suffered from autism. He said, "For whatever reason — I don’t think it was purposeful or anything — I just happen to have a lot of friends with siblings or friends growing up or even neighbors... [who] was on the spectrum...I just kind of happened to have a little extra experience with, which definitely helped with preparing for the role and even auditioning. I just kind of came to the table with a little more personal experience.[sic]"
Watch the announcement video below.