Netflix’s Atypical will have a third season, unlike many other shows that have been canceled like Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Hater Back Off, The Get Down, and many more. While some shows have not been canceled, they are coming to an end like House of Cards. However, mega streaming service has ordered season three of the thirty-minute dramedy, which will include ten episodes just like its last season.
Atypical is a Bildungsroman, a coming of age story, in which the main character, Sam Gardner played by Keir Gilchrist (It Follows) is on the Autism spectrum. Gardner’s desire to be himself and create a life of his own challenges societal notions and stigma that surrounds the condition.
The series is backed by research and attempts to depict the character of Gardner with honesty and accuracy as it pertains to his autism. Robia Rashid (How I Met Your Mother, The Goldbergs), who has created the show, brought Michelle Dean to the team since season two. Dean has a received a Ph.D. from UCLA and worked for the UCLA Center for Autism and Research. She helps to keep them honest with Gardner’s autism.
While this show is centered on the journey of Sam Gardner, his family members also try to navigate their lives all the while complicating and dissecting what it means typical, or atypical for that matter. Pressing forward with this season, Netflix is giving a voice for those who may be autistic and have never yet seen themselves on the screen represented without stigma and with the truth.
The third season’s release date is still to be announced but for those who haven’t watched the first two seasons, it may be the right time to get watching. For those who have been watching since day one, you can rest easy knowing it’ll be coming back.