As Netflix's latest original series to reach stream-hungry subscribers, Atypical manages not only to carve out its own comedy-drama niche on the service, but it's a show that deserved to be watched by everyone, even if it's only once. For those who saw the trailer and somehow weren't already convinced, here are some of the high points of the new series, and why the show stands out as not only a great portrayal of life with autism, but as a great dramedy in general.

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Atypical Shows How Autism Affects Everyone, Not Just Sam

Perhaps the biggest and most unique element Atypical has going for it is in how it depicts the entire family dynamic being affected by the fact Sam has autism. (His condition is admittedly heightened beyond TV-level extremes, but that's a separate conversation.) From his younger sister Casey having holding his lunch money daily so that he doesn't lose it, to his parents taking him to a particular location for Sam to "case the joint" so that he will be comfortable going there at a later date, everyone make changes in their lives to accommodate Sam.

Atypical excels in casually showing all the ways these family members have adapted their lives to incorporate and make room for Sam's distinct day-to-day needs, while still having separate lives that sometimes have to be relished away from the teenager. It also shows how their efforts can be a thankless job, as Sam rarely shows appreciation for them going the extra mile, but the reality behind it is more refreshing than everyone acting super happy the whole time.

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