Atypical has been renewed for Season 3 by Netflix. The critically acclaimed series is coming back with 10 new 30-minute episodes. The comedy has been praised for its positive and realistic portrayal of autism, with season 2 bringing in eight actors on the autism spectrum to portray different characters, in an effort to better reflect the community. Atypical also brought in Dr. Michelle Dean, who received her PhD from UCLA and worked at the UCLA Center for Autism and Research and Treatment, to serve as a consultant to ensure an accurate depiction of the autism spectrum disorder.
In the second season of streaming hit Atypical, which premiered in September 2018, the characters dealt with marriage troubles, graduating high school, and moving to a new school, while introducing some unique new characters. So far, the cast returning for season 3 has not yet been announced. Season 2 starred Keir Gilchrist, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Rapaport, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Amy Okuda, Raul Castillo, Nik Dodani, Graham Rogers, Fivel Stewart, Jenna Boyd, and Casey Wilson. The new season was announced with a short video clip and a longer behind-the-scenes featurette, which put the focus on the actors on the autism spectrum.
Atypical is a coming of age comedy that follows Sam, an 18-year-old, who is on the autism spectrum as he learns to navigate life, find love, learn what it means to fit in, and graduate high school. Sam's journey is often funny and emotional, but always rooted in reality. The rest of his family has to deal with change in their own lives as they all struggle with the central theme of the show, which is what does it really mean to be normal? As Atypical actress Nikki Guttman says, "It's good to be unique, if we were all perfect, the world would be boring." The show goes to great lengths to question the concept of being normal.
Atypical also brought in David Finch, who is also on the autism spectrum to write for the series, giving another unique perspective into the lives of people who are on the spectrum. The autism spectrum is very broad, which the hit series tries to get across. Not all people on the spectrum have the same experiences or even abilities, which often leads to confusion for people who aren't familiar with the spectrum.
Atypical Season 3 will more than likely debut on Netflix in August or September of next year, if it follows the same patterns as the first two seasons. Regardless, fans of the series will be happy to know that the show is safe after the streaming platform canceled some other shows over the past few weeks. Casting information is sure to be announced soon, but let's hope that they bring back Sam's peer group for season three. While we wait to find out, you can check out the announcement for the third season as well as the behind-the-scenes featurette below, thanks to the Netflix streaming Facebook page.