Fans’ time with “Atypical” has not come to an end after all.
Netflix has officially renewed its freshman comedy series for a second season, the streaming service announced this afternoon. The news comes just a little over a month after “Atypical” made its debut on Netflix at the start of August. In addition to the renewal, the streaming service has also given the series an expanded order of 10 episodes for its second season, as opposed to the 8 that it ran with in its first.
The series is written, created, and executive produced by Robia Rashid (“How I Met Your Mother,”) and is a coming of age story told from the point-of-view of Sam (played by Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old boy on the autistic spectrum, as he searches for love and independence. While Sam struggles to find a happy place for himself in society too, the series also focuses on the rest of his family members, as Sam’s journey forces them all to question what they thought it meant to be “normal” in the first place.
In addition to Gilchrist, “Atypical” boasts an impressive cast for itself, including Jennifer Jason-Leigh and Michael Rappaport as Sam’s parents, along with Brigette Lundy-Paine, and Amy Okuda.
There’s no telling how successful “Atypical” was – since Netflix does not release official ratings, though, the series was met with only lukewarm to mildly positive reviews when it premiered last month. However, this isn’t the first time that the streaming service has renewed one of their original series – despite it not making much of an apparent impact amongst the general TV viewing community – for more seasons either.