The Best Episodes of Atypical

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2018

Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum, decides it's time to find a girlfriend, a journey that sets Sam's mom on her own life-changing path as her son seeks more independence.

Ernest Shackleton's Rules for Survival

#1 - Ernest Shackleton's Rules for Survival

Season 2 - Episode 10

Cruel yearbook comments show Sam who's got his back, a favor he repays at graduation. Feelings for Izzie confuse Casey. Elsa asks Doug a key question.

star 8.60
264 votes
Writers: Robia Rashid
The Silencing Properties of Snow

#2 - The Silencing Properties of Snow

Season 1 - Episode 8

After a disastrous dinner with Paige's family, Sam makes amends at the school dance. Casey's fury at her mom affects her relationship with Evan.

star 8.35
599 votes
Writers: Robia Rashid
Ritual-licious

#3 - Ritual-licious

Season 2 - Episode 9

Ignoring Casey's wishes, Elsa throws her a big birthday party, while Sam insists on following a decade-old birthday ritual. The bartender haunts Doug.

star 8.12
241 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: D.J. Ryan, Mike Oppenhuizen
In the Dragon's Lair

#4 - In the Dragon's Lair

Season 2 - Episode 6

To prepare for college life, Sam sleeps over at Zahid's. Sam's $700 loss reunites Doug and Elsa with Arlo's parents, former friends of theirs.

star 7.92
239 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Robia Rashid
A Nice Neutral Smell

#5 - A Nice Neutral Smell

Season 1 - Episode 4

When a classmate shows interest in him, Sam makes a list of pros and cons to see whether she's girlfriend material. Casey gets a prestigious offer.

star 7.91
614 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Annabel Oakes
Pants on Fire

#6 - Pants on Fire

Season 2 - Episode 4

Zahid teaches Sam to lie, while Elsa practices being honest. Evan helps Casey get over an embarrassment. A doctor visit forces Julia out of denial.

star 7.89
242 votes
Directors: Geeta Patel
Writers: Mike Oppenhuizen
I Lost My Poor Meatball

#7 - I Lost My Poor Meatball

Season 1 - Episode 7

When Paige makes a confession to Sam, he creates a checklist to figure how he feels. Things with Nick suddenly get too real for Elsa.

star 7.89
583 votes
Directors: Joe Kessler
Writers: Robia Rashid
Penguin Cam and Chill

#8 - Penguin Cam and Chill

Season 2 - Episode 2

Casey feels less than welcome at Clayton. Sam asks Paige to spell out the rules of their "casual relationship," while Doug sets boundaries with Elsa.

star 7.85
262 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: Robia Rashid
That’s My Sweatshirt

#9 - That’s My Sweatshirt

Season 1 - Episode 5

Sam becomes rattled after Paige invades his bedroom. Casey visits Clayton Prep and gets a taste of what life away from her brother would be like.

star 7.79
620 votes
Writers: Dennis Saldua
The D-Train to Bone Town

#10 - The D-Train to Bone Town

Season 1 - Episode 6

Paige proposes having an autism-friendly school dance to the PTA. Sam makes preparations for losing his virginity. Doug and Julia help each other.

star 7.79
609 votes
Writers: Mike Oppenhuizen, Jen Regan
Antarctica

#11 - Antarctica

Season 1 - Episode 1

Interested in having a girlfriend, Sam researches dating advice and puts it to the test. Meanwhile, his overprotective mom Elsa must learn to let go.

star 7.78
872 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Robia Rashid
Living at an Angle

#12 - Living at an Angle

Season 2 - Episode 8

Sam loses his portfolio for his art school application and panics. Megan gets flirty with Doug, who makes a decision about Elsa. Julia calls Miles.

star 7.76
234 votes
Directors: Pete Chatmon
Writers: Jen Regan, Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal
The Smudging

#13 - The Smudging

Season 2 - Episode 7

Casey tells Izzie what Nate did. Sam tries to figure out which colleges to apply to. Doug discovers a need to educate first responders about autism.

star 7.74
246 votes
Directors: Pam Thomas
Writers: Dennis Saldua, Robia Rashid
Little Dude and the Lion

#14 - Little Dude and the Lion

Season 2 - Episode 3

A peer group meeting leads Sam to an important decision. Detention with Izzie shows Casey they have more in common than she thought.

star 7.73
252 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal
Juiced!

#15 - Juiced!

Season 2 - Episode 1

Sam's frustration at being unable to find a therapist and Casey's anxiety about going to a new school spark a blowup between the two.

star 7.72
307 votes
Directors: Joe Kessler
Writers: Robia Rashid
Julia Says

#16 - Julia Says

Season 1 - Episode 3

Sam decides to update his look. Casey learns a family secret. Feeling like her family no longer needs her, Elsa seeks attention elsewhere.

star 7.70
654 votes
Writers: Brian Tanen
The Egg Is Pipping

#17 - The Egg Is Pipping

Season 2 - Episode 5

In peer group, Sam realizes he needs to manage his own money. Doug gets advice from Megan on dealing with Elsa. Evan meets Casey's new friends.

star 7.67
248 votes
Writers: Bob Smiley
A Human Female

#18 - A Human Female

Season 1 - Episode 2

When Sam learns his crush is already taken, dad Doug helps him woo her. A lost credit card sends Elsa back to the bar. Casey hears rumors about Evan.

star 7.60
719 votes
Writers: Mike Oppenhuizen