Netflix Orders Autism-Themed Comedy Atypical Starring Jennifer Jason Leigh

Michael Ausiello

Netflix has made an Atypical series pickup, ordering eight episodes of the autism-themed family comedy starring Jennifer Jason Leigh.

The coming of age story follows Sam (played by The United States of Tara‘s Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old on the autistic spectrum who is on a search for love and independence. His funny yet painful journey of self-discovery upends his entire family, forcing them all to grapple with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme: what does it really mean to be normal?

Leigh stars as Sam’s mother, Elsa, and Michael Rapaport (Justified) plays his father, Doug.

The series was created by Robia Rashid (The Goldbergs, How I Met Your Mother, Will & Grace). Seth Gordon (The Goldbergs) will direct the premiere.

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