For all you fans waiting for Atypical season 4, all is not lost. The show is returning with more.
Beginning with a typical demand of dating by Sam Gardner, Netflix’s coming-of-age comedy Atypical is three seasons old now. Quintessentially comic, the series manages to get it right on the spectrum of autism only lately with season 3.
- What makes autism tick on TV?
- Is Atypical another clichéd comedy on autism?
- Where does it fail?
- Will there be Atypical season 4?
- Why Atypical season 4 looks promising?
- Kisses, confusion and other takeaways from season 3
Having shown marked improvement on dealing with the genre, there is hope that another installment of Atypical won’t be a typical joke on autism. Scroll down to find when Atypical season 4 releases and if it will strike the right chord with autism this time around.
What makes autism tick on TV?
Needless to say, and insensitive as it is, autism sells on TV. Ever pondered, why? If we look back, TV and films are flooded with drama on the spectrum.
But most shows tell a dark, dramatic sob story laced with hysteria. Every autism is unique but TV has attached a stereotype to it. Thanks to OTT, we have some shows that tell the story in a lighter vein.
Is Atypical another typically clichéd comedy?
There is no definite answer to this. Creator Robia Rashid (also involved with Goldbergs), chooses comedy as a warm route to make the world understand the intricacies of autism. On many accounts, she has fared well on giving us subtle insights into the condition. But what makes the series different is the on-point depiction of the Gardners (Sam’s family) grappling with their autistic family member.
The embarrassed father, overtly protective mother and overlooked sister makes the show relatable to families struggling on a day-to-day basis with autism. While Sam’s dating plot drives the main engine, the family’s struggle to deal with autism runs in the background.
Where does Atypical fail?
The central theme, autism, gets a backseat somewhere, and issues of love, relationships, midlife crisis and infidelity take the central stage. Sometimes, the show takes an academic route loaded with too much of the autism jargon.
Will there be Atypical season 4?
Netflix hasn’t made any announcement on the renewal of Atypical for a season 4. Going by the release dates of previous seasons, we may have some news soon. Though the critics have given a positive response for the show, ultimately, Netflix considers viewership as the benchmark to renew a show.
Why a possible season 4 looks promising?
Season 1 fell short in accurately depicting autism and was severely criticized. But then with season 2, the series made a brilliant comeback and saved itself from slipping into the already crowded genre. Since its inception, it has shown considerable improvement when it comes to understanding the condition. Season 3 was brilliant and left us on a promising note for a possible season 4.
Kisses, Confusion and other takeaways from Atypical season 3
The season ended with Izzie publicly kissing Casey (Sam’s sister), making the latter question her sexuality. Season 4 will delve deeper into the curious case of Casey. Sam’s entered college in season 3 but having skipped the ethics test, might ruin his pursuit of independence. It isn’t all sad for him as he patched up with his best friend, Zahid, and both decide to become roomies.
Doug and Elsa reflect on what was lacking in their marriage end up kissing each other. But Doug’s still seems unconvinced. All is well, or all seems well will be explored in the next season, if any.
The finale of season 3 widely opens the door for another dramatic chapter. Atypical is an insightful take on a heavy subject. Cocooning it with comedy saves us from yet another sob story. In the end, it is worth watching and worth waiting for another season.
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