Atypical

TV Show • 2017 • Drama  

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Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, takes a funny, yet painful, journey of self-discovery for love and independence and upends his family.
This tv show contains 45 potentially triggering events.
Season
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Does the dog die?
224 supporters
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Zimirus
Season 3 Ep 4 mentions a dog that is sick but it was actually a ruse, the dog is fine
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Unanswered Triggers
Is someone abused with a belt?
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Does a woman get slapped?
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Is religion discussed?
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Are there demons or Hell?
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Is someone stabbed?
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Are there underwater scenes?
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Are there sharks?
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Is there incarceration?
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Are there dislocations?
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Abandonment
2
Akipaki
SPOILER! (I think... lmao)
You get to know that Sam and Caseys dad left them when they were young but came back after 8 months. Their mom took care of them.
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Is an animal abandoned?
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5
Abuse
Are there abusive parents?
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8
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3
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4
Is someone stalked?
21 supporters
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18
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28
10
Emsmovies
Main character a teenager breaks into his therapists apartment because he wants her to be his girlfriend. He doesnt understand this is wrong but the situation is vey uncomforgable for the therapist and affects her life. Nothing major thought.
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kaiaaa
Izzie is introduced in season 2. She has 3 younger siblings. Over the course of the show it is implied that her mother is neglectful and even emotionally abusive. Many times, teenage Izzie seems to be given too much responsibility in taking care of the siblings and the house. The mum bullies her, implying that she will never be anything. The mother is introduced in S4E5 and shown on-screen again in S4E6.
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Is a woman brutalized for spectacle?
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20
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Nylah_jp
Sam is manipulated very easy.
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Is a child abused?
75 supporters
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27
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23
5
kaiaaa
Izzie is introduced in season 2. She has 3 younger siblings. Over the course of the show it is implied that her mother is neglectful and even emotionally abusive. Many times, teenage Izzie seems to be given too much responsibility in taking care of the siblings. The mum bullies her, implying that she will never be anything. The mother is introduced in S4E5 and shown on-screen again in S4E6. Sam's mum has a hard time trusting Sam with more responsibility and independency.
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Addiction
11
anniestuff1
There is a character who frequently smokes weed
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Is there addiction?
10 supporters
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25
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19
3
magazinekirby
In season 4 Izzie’s mom struggles with alcoholism
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48
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2
3
luchoowo
Alcohol is severely shown tru the whole show, but it's just casual and nobody is alcoholic
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Animal
Were animals harmed in the making?
78 supporters
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4
Does a horse die?
59 supporters
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50
Does an animal die?
(besides a dog, cat or horse)
107 supporters
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12
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41
10
Anonymous
In the second season, the main character mentions having had a turtle years ago who died unexpectedly, but the turtle who died is never shown nor is the turtle's death.
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Are animals abused?
125 supporters
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45
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Is there a dead animal?
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3
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31
Is an animal sad?
51 supporters
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6
Are rabbits harmed?
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4
Does a cat die?
111 supporters
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2
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54
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lucygracechristopher
kitten is ok!
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Does a pet die?
97 supporters
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6
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1
1
There is mention of sams pet turtle dying, no actual death in the show tho.
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Does a dragon die?
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46
Are there spiders?
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42
Are there snakes?
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42
Are there bugs?
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44
Assault
Is someone drugged?
20 supporters
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7
Is there pedophilia?
74 supporters
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7
Is someone held under water?
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7
Is rape mentioned?
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6
Is someone beaten up by a bully?
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7
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Is someone restrained?
14 supporters
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8
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13
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30
10
AlinaMayim
Main character's friend repeatedly makes sexual commentary about women and it can be very uncomfortable. There are also some situations with the main character himself involving sexual interest, and even a scene where he breaks into his therapist's home to leave her a present of chocolate covered strawberries.
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6
Bodily Harm
Yes
31
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10
5
wizardlup
Shaving, but no self-harm style cutting.
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3
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1
LennieLovesMovies
S4
 E8
Casey's bites her fingernails when stressed and her damaged cuticles are shown on screen for a significant amount of timem they are bloody and red.
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Is there throat mutilation?
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3
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26
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kushiecat
in season three, a character struggles to breathe but ends up being ok. It is not a very graphic scene at all.
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Is there decapitation?
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4
Is there cannibalism?
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22
Is someone crushed to death?
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7
Is someone choked?
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4
Is someone burned alive?
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39
Is someone buried alive?
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31
Is there body horror?
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6
Is there amputation?
16 supporters
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13
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15
2
oreoicecrem
paige accidentally cuts her finger off
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Does a head get squashed?
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40
Is there Achilles Tendon injury?
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6
Is there a hanging?
28 supporters
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33
Does someone asphyxiate?
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1
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3
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4
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35
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TheAnarchistAgenda
In group therapy someone says that they would let all of their teeth fall out before they change dentists, this occurs in more than one episode
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Does someone become unconscious?
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5
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29
5
Markjackson
Someone fractures their foot though
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Does someone have a seizure?
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39
Is there genital trauma/mutilation?
53 supporters
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20
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42
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8
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FranklinKing
Someone accidentally cut of their fingertip about 13 minutes into episode 4 of season 2
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Is someone tortured?
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39
Does someone fall down stairs?
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8
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Nylah_jp
No, but season 2 episode 4 Doug collapses but he didn't die haha
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Is there eye mutilation?
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40
Is there excessive gore?
61 supporters
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10
Children
Is an infant abducted?
12 supporters
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0
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5
Does a kid die?
31 supporters
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41
Is a minor sexualized?
67 supporters
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4
Creepy Crawly
Are there bedbugs?
12 supporters
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3
Death
Does someone sacrifice themselves?
7 supporters
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5
Does a major character die?
15 supporters
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0
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4
Does a non-human character die?
18 supporters
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3
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1
Does someone die?
11 supporters
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7
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0
0
LennieLovesMovies
S4
 E4
Dougs work friend Chuck dies of a heart attack after his retirement
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Disability
Is the r-slur used?
26 supporters
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24
No
0
4
Rivers180
Yes. In an early episode in season 1 a girl yells at Sam for pushing her and asks if he's an r-slur.
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1
greenseaturtle
The main character is played by Keir Gilchrist, who does not have autism. However, starting in Season 2, the support group that Sam attends is played by real autistic actors.
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Drugs/Alcohol
Does someone overdose?
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8
Family
Is someone kidnapped?
6 supporters
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0
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34
Does a parent die?
12 supporters
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0
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41
Does someone cheat?
13 supporters
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64
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0
7
FranklinKing
It's a major part of season 1
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Is a child's toy destroyed?
18 supporters
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0
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23
Does a family member die?
14 supporters
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0
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5
Fear
Are there jumpscares?
36 supporters
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40
Is someone possessed?
9 supporters
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35
Are there ghosts?
5 supporters
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2
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36
1
Nylah_jp
Kathy comes over and says that there is a ghost in their house
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Are there clowns?
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36
Is trypophobic content shown?
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4
Are there razors?
S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® (1-800-DONTCUT)
9 supporters
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4
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1
Yes
41
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1
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TheAnarchistAgenda
A wife gets in the shower with her husband, we don't see much of it
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5
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0
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greenseaturtle
Several scenes take place in clothing stores. Mannequins can briefly be seen in some shots. Unless you have a severe mannequin phobia, nothing overtly disturbing ever happens involving a mannequin.
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Gross
Does someone wet/soil themselves?
14 supporters
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16
Does someone vomit?
64 supporters
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17
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45
30
musicbyzach
Part of the reason why I love this show is because no one actually throws up. It’s great because a show or movie never needs that and it’s so unnecessary especially to me as an emetaphobe. A small but very big reason.
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Is someone eaten?
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0
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4
Is there on-screen pooping?
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4
Does someone spit?
9 supporters
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36
No
1
Is there audio gore?
34 supporters
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0
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21
Large-scale Violence
Are there 9/11 depictions?
4 supporters
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0
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6
Law Enforcement
Is there copaganda?
18 supporters
Yes
2
No
11
0
greenseaturtle
On the contrary, this show actually does a very good job of showing how people with autism can become victims of police violence. The cops in the show are depicted as being flippant of the situation they caused, and even though Sam's parents start a training course to prevent something like that from happening again, cops are never glorified or given undue praise or forgiveness during the show.
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LGBTQ+
Is there deadnaming or birthnaming?
27 supporters
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5
Are there transphobic slurs?
36 supporters
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0
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5
Yes
0
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4
Is an LGBT+ person outed?
18 supporters
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3
Yes
13
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2
2
greenseaturtle
Sam's mother cheats on her husband with another man and later in the series she casually brings up having had some same-sex relationships when she was younger. However, she never identifies herself as bisexual.
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Medical
Is electro-therapy used?
17 supporters
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0
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35
Yes
14
No
28
0
siennammmmm
when zahid and sam go for a physical, needles are used.
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Is there a mental institution scene?
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32
Yes
38
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3
5
FranklinKing
There is an harmless scene in a hospital because someone fractured their foot at the of season 1

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17
8
poopy
In season 4 a character has testicular cancer
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Mental Health
Does someone suffer from PTSD?
32 supporters
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1
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5
Does someone have a mental illness?
13 supporters
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6
No
0
Yes
7
No
39
4
nikaaaaaa
Casey developed anxiety in season 4 and she bites her nails and fingers into making them bleed. Not specifically self harm but it can be really triggering since she's hurting herself to control the anxiety
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18
No
4
2
greenseaturtle
Actual person with autism here: this show is actually a mixed bag in terms of representation. While Season 1 can come off as a bit backward and stereotypical, Keir Gilchrist's performance becomes more nuanced and well-researched in later seasons, and there are several actual autistic actors in the form of Sam's support group. I wouldn't go so far as to say that watching this show makes someone an expert on ASD, but I found myself enjoying and relating to it.
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Is a mentally ill person violent?
25 supporters
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0
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13
0
greenseaturtle
No characters are stated or implied to have D.I.D.
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0
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6
Is reality unstable or unhinged?
14 supporters
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0
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3
Does someone have a meltdown?
7 supporters
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3
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0
Is there misophonia?
29 supporters
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2
No
8
Is there ABA therapy?
15 supporters
Yes
6
No
2
4
JoeLollo
S2
It’s not shown in the show but during the second season Elsa wanted Sam to go to someone described multiple times as a “behavioral therapist,” and the attempt is unsuccessful since Sam goes to his peer group instead.
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Is there body dysphoria?
10 supporters
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4
Is there body dysmorphia?
19 supporters
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30
Yes
0
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15
Yes
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0
17
luckyfish
at the end of season 1 the main character has a sensory overload on the bus. this is very similar to an anxiety attack. in season 2 Doug has an anxiety attack and collapses
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1
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34
1
oreoicecrem
paige gets locked in the closet though she's very calm
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oreoicecrem
In one episode, Casey gets all depressed and stays in bed for a long time. When she gets out of bed she reveals that she hasn't eaten in 40 hours, and needs food now. This is due to depression/low mood, not an eating disorder but it can still be triggering.
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0
26
annie.wolfe
although it may seem subtle or even look absent entirely to a non-autistic person, there are themes of this throughout the entire show such as the parents wishing their autistic son was normal, portraying autistic people as violent or hopelessly clueless, and the show being set up for the viewer to laugh at the autistic character instead of with him many times.
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Noxious
Are there sudden loud noises?
22 supporters
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4
Does a baby cry?
13 supporters
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5
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9
2
Lexie24
The baby is not full on crying but just whining a little
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Is there shakey cam?
25 supporters
Yes
26
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1
0
Nylah_jp
Yes end of season 2 episode 3 right after casey says "dad you gotta watch this video of Evan doing karate, he's a purple belt!"
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Is there screaming?
9 supporters
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3
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0
3
greenseaturtle
Depends on your definition of "obscene." Early in the first season, the mother flips the bird at Sam's therapist's door. Zahid also pantomimes having sex.
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Nylah_jp
Not very often i remember there was flashing lights season 1 episode 8 if you have epilepsy/triggerd by flashing lights just skip the first 10 minutes of the show (you won't miss much) and some flashing lights were seen season 1 (forgot what episode) it is right after casey had been told Evan got arrested and Arlo got out of the car (it happens when Arlo is making fun of Sam but i would skip it from when Arlo gets out of the car)
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Paranoia
Is someone watched without knowing?
8 supporters
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1
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2
Is the fourth wall broken?
7 supporters
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0
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7
Pregnancy
Is a baby stillborn?
17 supporters
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0
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8
Is there childbirth?
15 supporters
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1
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32
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siennammmmm
no, but it is mentioned as julia had a baby.
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Are there abortions?
13 supporters
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0
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32
1
sarahtollemache
S1
 E6
***SPOILER***
Julia finds out she is pregnant S1E6 and the pregnancy is mentioned several times over the next few episodes… there is an ultrasound S2E4…
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Does someone miscarry?
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37
Does a pregnant person die?
10 supporters
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3
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34
Prejudice
Are there fat jokes?
35 supporters
Yes
11
No
27
4
JoeLollo
S1
 E1
In the first episode Evan’s sister Beth is called an “orca” multiple times because of her body and Bailey graffitis it on her locker.
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4
quinnalec
spoilers!! in s4 a black character does die, but i don’t believe he was the first to die (could be wrong)
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Nylah_jp
Nothing homophobic but Casey was very worried that her dad wouldn't support her dating a girl (Izzie) <he did>
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22
Are there "Man in a dress" jokes?
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1
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14
Is there hate speech?
20 supporters
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51
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2
12
Nazetel
The R word is used at Sam a lot.
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Is a minority is misrepresented?
15 supporters
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Yes
13
No
2
Does an LGBT person die?
26 supporters
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0
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40
7
Markjackson
A big part of the show is not only the ups, but the downs of being autistic, which includes dealing with ableism throughout the show
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Are there n-words?
24 supporters
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0
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20
Is there aphobia?
15 supporters
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Yes
0
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6
Race
Is there blackface?
22 supporters
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0
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4
Relationships
Is there a large age gap?
27 supporters
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0
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6
Sex
Yes
49
No
1
0
Boop
There are lot of discussions about underage sex (and then the characters turn 18) so there's also adult sex(technically).
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Is someone sexually objectified?
26 supporters
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Yes
6
No
0
Are there nude scenes?
26 supporters
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0
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5
Is there bestiality?
56 supporters
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0
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6
Is there BDSM?
13 supporters
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0
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3
1
Lostomat
A big topic of the series is sex. The main character loses his virginity throughout the show, the sex scene is not visual though and it is only indicatet that it happens. There are multiple scenes talking about the main characters 'firsts' (e.g. a blowjob). Considering that the main characters sister is young and gets into a relationship, she might also lose her virginity, however, this is not mentioned and no sex scenes or talk about sex happen on-screen.
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Are there incestuous relationships?
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60 supporters
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0
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34
Sexism
Yes
2
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2
Sickness
Does someone have a stroke?
8 supporters
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3
No
1
Does someone have a chronic illness?
10 supporters
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Yes
1
No
2
Is there dementia/Alzheimer's?
18 supporters
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Yes
1
No
4
Is someone terminally ill?
12 supporters
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Yes
0
No
3
Social
Is someone homeless?
1 supporters
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0
No
6
Are there anti-abortion themes?
25 supporters
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0
No
3
Are there fat suits?
17 supporters
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0
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4
Spoiler
Is Santa (et al) spoiled?
2 supporters
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0
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31
Are there end credit scenes?
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0
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3
Yes
0
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35
1
Nylah_jp
I would say yes and no, (SPOILERS) Sam and Paige decide they need to break up which was towards the end which was very sad but Casey and Izzie decide to be a couple again and Sam goes to Antarctica after all so im torn if it's a sad or happy ending
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Vehicular
Does a car crash?
11 supporters
Yes
23
No
14
6
FranklinKing
Sam is hit by a car in the beginning of season 2, he's okay tho and nothing really happens
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Does a car honk or tires screech?
10 supporters
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7
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0
Does a plane crash?
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0
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34
Yes
42
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1
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Anonymous
Sam does get hit by a car, but he doesn't get hurt at all and the person driving was a student who knows him and immediately went to see if he was okay.
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Violence
Is there a nuclear explosion?
3 supporters
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0
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34
Is there blood/gore?
39 supporters
Yes
32
No
10
8
FranklinKing
Someone accidentally cut of their fingertip about 13 minutes into episode 4 of season 2
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Does someone drown?
11 supporters
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0
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37
Is there gun violence?
16 supporters
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0
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29