Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist, United States of Tara) is an 18-year old on the autism spectrum. He’s decided it’s time to find go on a date, find a girlfriend and fall in love.
As a result, his mother, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight, Anomalisa) finds herself on her own life-changing path – and the family (father Doug and sister Casey) are going to have to make some adjustments.
This new featurette from Netflix features creator Robia Rashid and the cast – as well as some new footage from the show. Season one of Atypical will premiere on Netflix on Friday, August 11th.
In this behind-the-scenes featurette, the cast and creative team of Netflix’s series Atypical share personal insight and discuss the universal themes of the new comedy with heart. Atypical is a coming of age story told from the unique perspective of Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum as he searches for love and independence.
Jennifer Jason Leigh stars as Sam’s mother, Elsa, who is on her own journey of self-discovery as her son realizes more independence. Michael Rapaport plays his father, Doug, who longs to build a closer relationship with Sam. Brigette Lundy-Paine plays Sam’s scrappy sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda plays his therapist, Julia.
Premiering with eight episodes on August 11, Atypical was created and written by Robia Rashid (How I Met Your Mother).