Netflix renews autism drama Atypical for a second season

Matt Sayer 14 September 2017 NEWS


The controversial series isn't giving in to its critics.

Despite backlash from some mental health advocates, Netflix has decided to go ahead with a second season of Atypical, its comedy-drama series exploring the challenges of growing up with autism.

As noted by The Hollywood Reporter, the new season will increase the episode count from eight to ten, with creator Robia Rashid returning to helm the project.

The first season of Atypical starred Keir Gilchrist as Sam, an 18-year-old high school student grappling with the difficulties of autism while also attempting to find love in a new relationship. Sam's parents, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and Michael Rapaport (Justified), struggle to empathise with their son, while Sam's sister Casey (played by Brigette Lundy-Paine) protects her brother from those who fail to understand the complexities of his condition.

In other Netflix news, the streaming service is teaming up with the South Australian government for a new political thriller series, and it recently dropped another high-school drama in the form of #realityhigh.

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