Atypical

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Laughs, heart, in excellent series about teen with autism.

Netflix Drama 2017

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 24 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 95 reviews

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age 16+

Really good but tons of sex references

The show that revolves around sexual desires and situations, with plenty of crass/mysogenistic/rude sexual content. I don't understand why Common Sense rates this 13+. Having said that I agree that the positive messages and characters are really worth watching - just for a much older age group that will understand the humour and the nature of the sexual depictions.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

Very enjoyable and thoughtful as well as hilarious

This is about the struggles and triumphs of Sam, who is on the Autism spectrum, but also about his sister, Casey, who sometimes protects him but likes to tease and torture him. The show deals with Sam's unique difficulties but also his family's. The parents have not dealt with his autism well (the father abandoned them for several months and the mother has an affair). They do not fit into the "normal" social circle of other parents, which feels real, since Michael Rapaport as the father is just unlikable, as is Jennifer Jason Leigh, whose performance is far too manic. Sam also has trouble fitting in at school. His best friend, Zahid, is also like a Yoda, who tells him how to handle everything from dating to learning how to lie on his college application (Sam is very literal and usually doesn't lie). Some parents might find Zahid's frequent sex talk off-putting or even immoral but I can't imagine that many kids will! They hear it every day. Sam has a good therapist, Julia, but things go awry when he tells her he loves her and she yells at him, causing a breakdown. Sister Casey also has challenges: she must decide whether to go to a private school and is tormented by her track teammates since she is their best runner. She is torn as well between supportive boyfriend, Evan and her new and often nasty love interest, Izzie. The latter is having lots of difficulty coming out as a Lesbian and often takes out her frustration on Casey. this feels like a very realistic portrayal of some teens' experience. Actually, this show would be even better if the young people were left to their own devices!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

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