Netflix’s new series Atypical is looking to put a different spin on the coming-of-age comedy, but anyone who has experienced a moment (or more) of teenage anxiety can probably relate to the show’s protagonist.
Premiering Aug. 11, Atypical stars Keir Gilchrist as Sam Gardner, a high school senior on the autism spectrum who decides it’s time to start dating, and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Elsa, his perhaps overprotective mom. In a first-look clip, Sam asserts that he’s ready to go outside his comfort zone.
“Talking to girls makes me a little nervous,” he says, “but Julia [his therapist] says it’s good to do things that scare you.”
Elsa doesn’t sound entirely convinced when she tells him, “Fear is also there for a biological reason: I mean, fight or flight, right?”
But Sam stands his ground. “Mom, I’m getting older,” he says, “and at some point, I really, really hope that I get to see boobs.”
Ayptical was created by Robia Rashid (The Goldbergs) and also stars Michael Rapaport, Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Amy Okuda. Watch the first clip above.