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You can also find recent changes, including new seasons and removed shows, at the bottom of this list.Atypical is the kind of single-camera sitcom that would feel right at home among ABC’s family sitcoms like Speechless, Black-ish, Fresh off the Boat and The Goldbergs (in fact, creator Robia Rashid previously worked as a producer on The Goldbergs). It’s a charming coming-of-age show about Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist), an 18-year-old from Connecticut with high-functioning autism.
He’s arrived at an age when he’s decided that he’d like to date and have sex. The first season — a batch eight half-hour episodes — covers his awkward encounters with women, his inappropriate crush on his therapist, and his relationship with the teenage girl he eventually asks to prom. It also deals with the challenges of his parents. His father (Michael Rapaport) is trying to figure out how to truly connect with his son for the first time while his mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) aims to find her own identity apart from being the mother of an autistic child. It’s the older sister (Brigette Lundy-Paine) who is the real stand-out of Atypical. Like the big sister in the film and book series, Wonder, she aims to both support her brother while also carving out a life of her own separate from Sam. It’s not a groundbreaking series, and it has been criticized for its stereotypical depiction of autism, but it nevertheless funny, heartwarming, and very sweet.In theory, American Vandal sounds silly and sophomoric, and it is, but it’s also a genuinely brilliant, incredibly clever, smartly written satire of true-crime documentaries.
It plays just like any other true crime docuseries — interviews, investigations, multiple suspects, and numerous conspiracy theories — only the crime here is not a murder. It’s a high-school student who has been accused by the school board of spray painting dicks on 27 cars, a crime that threatens his ability to graduate. It’s a brilliant whodunnit that just happens to also be the best parody of 2017. Before Walter White, there was Nancy Botwin, a suburban housewife turned pot dealer to take care of her kids after her husband dies.
Weeds is a light comedy that grows progressively darker over the course of the series as the stakes are raised, but the show works best in its early seasons when it’s just a grieving mom (Mary Louise Parker) out of her depth trying to sell dime bags in a conservative suburban community. It’s funny, offbeat, and irreverent, and populated with an amazingly funny supporting cast (Justin Kirk, Kevin Nealon, Elizabeth Perkins, Romany Malco). Weeds, however, loses its allure in later seasons as Nancy Botwin works herself up the chain from small-time pot dealer to distribute to international drug kingpin and forgets about why she got into the drug business in the first place: To provide for her kids.