'Atypical' Season 3: Release date, cast, plot, trailer, news and everything you need to know about the Netflix show
Netflix’s 'Atypical' is beloved for its unconventional portrayal of autism, subtle humor and above all, the brilliant storytelling of relatable problems from a novel standpoint.
The show follows a teenager Sam, who is in the autism spectrum, and his family who all live an atypical life together in the typical modern world. Season two of the show aired back in September, and because of how well-received it was, Netflix greenlit a season 3, which seems to be just around the corner. So, as we wait for Netflix to finally bring back the show, here's everything you need to know about Season 3:
On September 28, Netflix released a video wherein all the main and recurring cast members of the show revealed the release date for Season 3. The new episodes of 'Atypical' will be added to the Netflix library will be added on Friday, November 1.
The production started back in April, with the official account for ‘Atypical’ putting up a casting call along with the caption “It's all happening."
Among the many heart-warming responses was a comment from one mom who wrote, "My daughter and I watch this with our little dude. He has Asperger’s and he relates. Even when we’re told he shouldn’t. We love it." That is the charm of 'Atypical' and we cannot wait for the trailer to arrive.
'Atypical' has been following Sam as he tries to make sense of the world around him. Being on the autistic spectrum, he is constantly protected by his parents, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Doug (Michael Rapaport). However, Sam initially finds a friend in his sister, Casey (Brigette Lundy-Paine) a confident athlete who loves her brother just as much. In order to not hold himself back from experiences, he follows his therapist, Julia's (Amy Okuda) to find a girlfriend. Season 2 saw Sam come out of his shell and finally get into a relationship with his classmate, Paige (Jenna Boyd), who is absolutely in love with Sam.
While Sam was busy dealing with Paige, Casey, on the other hand, discovered her sexuality in the most surprising situation. She is falling in love with her former nemesis turned best friend, and it has pretty heart-warming to watch. The last we saw them they were holding hands in a car. Chances are season 3 will pick up with Casey confronting her reality and do a lot more than holding hands with her potential girlfriend.
On the other hand, Season 3 might also see Elsa and Doug work on their marriage which almost broke down when Elsa started an affair with a young bartender in Season 2. Hopefully, the two will get back together.
The show stars Keir Gilchrist as a teenager in the autism spectrum who is obsessed with Antarctica.
The other main characters on the show are his family, therapist, his best friend and his girlfriend. While Brigette Lundy-Paine, plays Casey, Sam’s overprotective sister, his parents Elsa Gardner and Doug Gardner are portrayed by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport respectively.
Amy Okuda plays Sam’s therapist Julia Sasaki, whom he had a crush on for a while. Meanwhile, his best friend Zahid is portrayed by Nik Dodani and girlfriend Paige Hardaway bu Jenna Boyd.
Sara Gilbert, best known for her role as starred on ABC’s ‘Roseanne,’ will be joining the cast of 'Atypical' for season three in a recurring role. Her character is called Professor Judd, a university Ethics professor who is known for her irritable demeanor.
Eric McCormack, best known for his role as Will Truman on 'Will & Grace,' is also expected to have a recurring role in Season 3 as an eccentric university art professor. Professor Shinerock is expected to be a huge part of Sam's story when he joins college next season.
Robia Rashid, who was a producer on long-running shows such as ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘The Goldbergs’ created ‘Atypical’ for Netflix. The veteran writer and producer, who was adamant about wanting the autism community to have a say in the show, had hired David Finch as a consultant and a writer.
He is on the autism spectrum and reads all the scripts for the show. He watches all the cuts and visits the sets during shoots to ensure that the show continues to be authentic.
On July 19, Nick Dodani, who plays Zahir, taunted fans about the trailer that hasn't been dropped yet. The official Instagram for 'Atypical' posted a photo of Zahir with long hair, and teased that this is a new character who is going to be introduced in season 3, called "Zahair," to which Dodani responded with, "Zahair is Zahid’s twin sister, in case y’all were wondering. You’ll see in the trailer that’s dropping on" leaving fans more desperate for a trailer for 'Atypical's season 3.
Commemorating the end of shooting for season 3, Dodani shared a selfie of him and Gilchrist, joking he might get a tattoo mark the day as well.
Where to watch
When season 3 of 'Atypical' premieres, it will be added to the Netflix library. Until then, you can refresh your memory with seasons 1 and 2 of the heartwarming series.
Season 2 recap
While season 1 was more of a story of Sam and everyone in his life was in the periphery, season 2 was more of an ensemble show with everyone getting unique storylines. While Sam navigated through his romantic feelings, his parents got separated for a while trying to figure out how to salvage their relationship after a partner cheats. His sister Casey, possibly had the most growth, having shifted to a new school, finding her tribe there and even questioning her sexuality.
Season 2 had ended with Sam telling his girlfriend that he loves her, Casey taking the first step to admitting that she may have feelings for her “favorite person” and Doug and Elsa deciding to give their marriage another shot – only for Doug to throw that in the wind and visit a woman he has been getting cozy with.
Despite the ambitious and well-intentioned attempt, season 1 of 'Atypical' was called out for the lack of autistic actors and writers. However, season 2, rectified it to a large extent by hiring more autistic cast and crew. Hopefully, season 3 will go one step further in this regard.
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