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August 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm #1202172143
The series is a coming-of-age comedy series that will focus on the life of an 18-year-old (Keir Gilchrist) on the autism spectrum.
Debuts August 11.August 1, 2017 at 9:25 pm #1202172146
I’m really excited for this. They released a full trailer today and it looked excellent. Keir Gilchrist looks very good in this and if this is any good we should look out for him on the awards circuit.August 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm #1202172157
Yep, pencil Gilchrist in.
A show like this sinks or swims on the lead performance, though, and Gilchrist (who previously played gay son Marshall on United States of Tara) makes the whole thing work as Sam. He skillfully gives us a window into the mind of this closed-off character, and he doesn’t soft-pedal Sam’s ugly meltdowns, either, when things don’t go as planned. There’s some talk that an autistic actor should’ve played this role, but that complaint is shortsighted: An actor of Gilchrist’s caliber can do a tremendous job of humanizing a condition like autism, and he proves that here. Gilchrist’s performance is so strong, in fact, that Atypical suffers a bit whenever Sam’s off-screen.August 8, 2017 at 4:16 pm #1202179177
I am writing this off because it has 65 on Metacritic so far.August 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm #1202179329
Excited for this, I Love the autism spectrum theme, not gonna miss this one even if it has a zero on MC.August 8, 2017 at 5:48 pm #1202179332
Also the actor seems the perfect choice. I could see him nailing this part.August 9, 2017 at 12:55 am #1202179732
I think this will be divisive at best because of the subject matter. The reviews I’ve read either rave about the show or flat out pan it, but all the reviews I’ve read also rave about Gilchrist’s performance, so there’s that. Either way, I’m excited for this and ABC’s The Good Doctor – even if they get mixed reviews.August 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm #1202181800
68 on metacritic but even the worst review says that Gilchrist is amazing in the role. I’m not going to count him out completely but I won’t predict him unless the show really catches on with the public.August 11, 2017 at 5:17 am #1202182097
Just finished two episodes.
Excellent premiere! This didn’t disappoint at all, but at the same time I can see why its divisive. Keir Gilchrist is excellent in episode 1 – a Golden Globe nod would be highly deserved. Some cheesy dialogue here and there, but the writing is solid. Episode 1 does a great job at establishing where these characters are and where they’re going. Jennifer Jason Leigh was wonderful as Sam’s overprotective mother. Some brilliance too from Brigette Lundy-Paine as Sam’s sister, Casey. In fact, all 5 series regulars came through even with limited screen time
MVP: Keir Gilchrist
Episode 2 had less Gilchrist which I think has its pros and cons. You’re constantly hoping for him to pop up on screen, but at the same time episode 2 is a great showcase for Jennifer Jason Leigh and Michael Rapaport. The scene with Sam and his father is heartbreaking and Gilchrist’s narration adds depth to what could have been a very offensive scene. Ugh soo good. Even with JJL having more screentime,
MVP: Keir Gilchrist
Grade: BAugust 11, 2017 at 7:29 am #1202182153
Episode 3: Julia Says
Another strong episode. Sam standing up to his mom was great, but Julia lowkey needs to back off too. Lol. Gilchrist continues playing the shit out of this role. His expressions in the car scene was everything. I lowkey hate that Elsa is starting to become unlikable as a character, but I’m really enjoying the complexity that JJL brings. Brigette Lundy-Paine was easily the MVP here. I felt her performance in my soul. Such a well-rounded role for her. The show really does a great job at fleshing out these characters!
MVP: Brigette Lundy-Paine
Episode 4: A Nice Neutral Smell
The funniest episode yet! Nice work from everyone. Sam’s initial annoyance with Paige was HILARIOUS. I loved how lowkey soapy this episode was – from Sam pulling a random girl’s ponytail and getting cut to Elsa’s Raul Castillo flashback every time the jacket came up. Either this or the Pilot, Antarctica on paper would be a winning submission if Gilchrist got an emmy nomination. Probably the best written episode of the bunch (so far).
MVP: Keir Gilchrist
Grade: AAugust 11, 2017 at 8:08 am #1202182181
To those who have binge watched the show, I have a question. What is the good category placement for Jennifer Jason Leigh? Lead or supporting? Also, I wanna hear about her Emmy nomination chances if ever.August 11, 2017 at 8:49 am #1202182236
To those who have binge watched the show, I have a question. What is the good category placement for Jennifer Jason Leigh? Lead or supporting? Also, I wanna hear about her Emmy nomination chances if ever.
At first, because of the premise, i’d say Supporting, but in the opening credits she’s listed first ahead of Gilchrist…and she’s definitely co-lead. So yeah, she’ll most likely go lead. A Globe Nom is definitely on the cards. They live for big movie stars on TV. She has a shot at the Emmys. It’s a complex role as she plays an overprotective mother of an autistic 18 year old, but she also cheats on her husband..So we’ll see how it plays out .
The show’s best shot at the Emmys is Gilchrist, then writing then JJL then everyone/everything else.