Netflix original attempts to be ‘Atypical’

“Normal is overrated.” Ahhh, growing up. The awkward teen years.

It’s been a staple of TV for decades. The Wonder Years. Dawson’s Creek. Boy Meets World. Coming of age…that’s what it’s all about.

In Atypical, a new original Netflix streamer, the comedy gets shaded a little darker as producers Robia Rashid, Seth Gordon and Mary Rohlich craft a dramedy about an 18-year-old boy (played by Keir Gilchrist, United States of Tara) on the autism spectrum.

It looks like a mix of legit comedy (from the producers of The Goldbergs) and coming-of-age drama.

Gilchrist does a good job of looking like he’s 18 (he actually looks closer to 15 here), especially since he’s almost 25 years old. But hey, if those Beverly Hills, 90210 kids can play high schoolers in their thirties, why can’t he?

Atypical streams into homes via Netflix on Friday, August 11.

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