Parents' Guide to

As We See It

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Earned laughs in great series about neurodiverse roommates.

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Excellent representation of amazing people

Representation and inclusivity of this group of special needs young adults is fantastic and even as an adult made me think a lot about what challenges are faced by the individual and their families. The challenges are heartbreaking at times but then the happiness the characters feel (and as a viewer I felt for them) was ten fold. These characters are overcomers. Their advocates are amazing people too. There is a lot of foul language (f***), a lot! And descriptive sexual conversations, especially with Violet. I guess it’s all real life stuff but I would be uncomfortable for my child watching it. I’d say 16+ or maybe even 18+ if you’re a more conservative home.
age 16+

View of living on the spectrum

Amazing!! This show is so true to life! Anyone who knows someone or actually is on the spectrum, would appreciate this show. I highly recommend watching it. It has a 16+ rating which I think is appropriate. Absolutely one of the best shows/series I’ve seen!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say: Not yet rated

Powerful, emotionally honest, and by turns hilarious and heart-rending, this dramedy about three roommates with autism spectrum disorder trying to navigate their confusing adult lives is simply beautiful. Every young adult, of course, feels something like an imposter; the rules of being a grownup at all, much less a successful one, are usually learned by breaking them. But to Violet, Jack, and Harrison, the customs of everyday life are almost inexplicable, and they only rarely understand the point of fitting in at all. Jack's technical know-how is enough to land him a software job, though his brutal honesty turns off coworkers and potential friends alike. Violet is just barely able to hold down a job making sandwiches at Arby's and mistakes anyone who gives her attention for either her new best friend or a potential boyfriend. And for his part, Harrison can barely leave the apartment at all; walking a few blocks and order his own croissant is a major victory.

Even so, each roommate is lovable, as we begin to understand what it's like to be each of them. After all, who can't relate to Violet's search for connection, for the overwhelming world of smells and sounds that make Harrison want to hide inside, to Jack's impatience with all the falseness of relating to other people? Alternately painful and triumphant, their stories feel individual and lived-in, perhaps because showrunner Jason Katims has a son on the autism spectrum, perhaps because each of the actors playing the show's central trio of roommates identifies as being on the spectrum, perhaps because this show portrays these particular characters just right: as distinct individuals whose struggles and successes are just as messy as everyone else's.

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