Netflix has unveiled a trailer for the coming of age comedy series Atypical, from the point of view of young-man on the autism spectrum.
Atypical is created and written by Robia Rashid (How I Met Your Mother) and Academy-Award winning producer Seth Gordon (Undefeated). The show follows Sam (Keir Gilchrist) and 18-year-old on the spectrum who is on a funny and emotional journey of self-discovery. While Sam searches for love and independence, his family must grapple with change in their own lives as they explore the question: what does it really mean to be “normal”?
Atypical’s Keir Gilchrist is no stranger to roles exploring the mind. In 2009 the actor was cast in the Golden Globe award winning Showtime series United States of Tara, which depicts the life of a mother with dissociative identity disorder. He also had a lead role in the 2010 film, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, which follows a teen with depression who checks himself into a mental health clinic. Gilchris is also well-known for his role in films, It Follows, and The Stanford Prison Experiment.
In addition to Gilchrist, the series stars Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) as Sam’s mother, Elsa, Michael Rapaport (Hitch) as Sam’s father, Doug, Brigette Lundy-Paine (Irrational Man) as Sam’s scrappy sister, Casey, and Amy Okuda (How to Get Away with Murder) as his therapist, Julia.
According to Netflix, series creators have taken steps to ensure an accurate depiction of those on the autism spectrum by consulting Michelle Dean. Dean received her PhD from UCLA and worked at the UCLA Center for Autism and Research and Treatment before joining the faculty of CSU Channel Island.
Atypical will feature eight-half hour episodes. Rashid and Gordon will serve as executive producers on the series, alongside Mary Rohlich, with Jennifer Jason Leigh as producer.
Atypical launches on Netflix Friday, August 11. Check out the trailer below: