Sam is finally going to his favorite part in the world. Will we see more of him?
'Atypical' has its incredible development story both in front and behind the camera. Created by Robia Rashid, 'Atypical' follows the story of an 18-year-old Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), who is on the autism spectrum. The series debuted on Netflix on August 11, 2017, and received backlash for its lack of autistic actors and inaccuracies in its depiction of autism.
The second season though, was a much better improvement as Netflix hired autistic actors and writers to work on the show. This development was carried on to season 3, resulting in overwhelmingly positive reviews.
Now that season 4 has arrived, some of you might be wondering if Sam's story will continue beyond that. Let us discuss the possibility of the fifth season of 'Atypical'.
Here is everything we know about 'Atypical' Season 5.
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but no, 'Atypical' season 5 is not happening at all. Netflix canceled the show after four seasons. Cancelations are always sad news, but at least the showrunners were given enough notice to give their characters the ending they deserve.
Some shows like 'Cursed' ended after just one season and left us with a cliffhanger.
During its renewal announcement, creator and showrunner Robia Rashid expressed her sadness that the season is ending. However, she is grateful for the chance to tell the story.
"I'm thrilled we'll be doing a season four of Atypical. And while I'm so sad to be nearing the end of this series, I am extremely grateful to have been able to tell this story," Rashid said in a statement via THR.
"Our fans have been such beautiful, vibrant supporters of this show. Thank you for being so open to Sam's voice and stories and those of the entire Gardner family. It's my hope that the legacy of Atypical is that more unheard voices continue to be heard and that even after this series ends, we keep telling funny, emotional stories from underrepresented points of view."
The fourth season of 'Atypical' premiered on Netflix on July 9, 2021. It released ten episodes, just like the two seasons before it. 'Atypical' season 4 is the final run for the series. It is no longer returning for season 5.
Since season 4 was already the series finale, it's just about right that our characters get nothing but happy endings. However, those stories could always easily get picked back up without sacrificing the satisfying conclusions from season 4.
Season 5 could've always explored Sam's life as a person of the spectrum, facing new challenges that come along his way. Aside from Sam, the fifth season could also explore what happens to the Gardners as they open a new chapter in their life. Sam's father asks him to go on a trip to Antarctica to study penguins. That is awesome, considering how Sam is obsessed with them. We can already imagine the possible challenges that Sam and his family will encounter while living in a new continent. But since season 5 is no longer happening, all of those scenarios will only remain in our heads.
'Atypical' is led by four main cast lists.
Keir Gilchrist stars as Sam Gardner, an 18-year-old young man on the autism spectrum. He is interested in Antarctica and loves penguins.
Brigette Lundy-Paine stars as Casey Gardner, Sam's sister. She is very protective of Sam, much like their mom Elsa Gardner, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Michael Rapaport stars as Doug Gardner, the patriarch of the Gardner family.
Amy Okuda stars as Julia Sasaki, Sam's dedicated therapist.
'Atypical' is no longer returning for season 5, but we take comfort in the fact that Sam and the Gardners got the happy endings they deserve. The four seasons of 'Atypical' are all available for streaming on Netflix. In case you need a little ray of sunshine to liven up your damp days, you might want to give it a binge-watch again. You can watch the official trailer for 'Atypical' season 4. Do you have favorite 'Atypical' moments? Tell us in the comments.