The BEST Episodes of Atypical

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 2, 2021

Network: Netflix

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.

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Ernest Shackleton's Rules for Survival

#1 - Ernest Shackleton's Rules for Survival

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 8.59
527 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Robia Rashid
Dessert at Olive Garden

#2 - Dessert at Olive Garden

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 9, 2021

Sam deals with a big disappointment, Casey clashes with Elsa over college plans, and a recurring dream vexes Doug.

star 8.45
223 votes
Directors: Michael Medico
Writers: Robia Rashid
Searching for Brown Sugar Man

#3 - Searching for Brown Sugar Man

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

A rogue plan for Zahid leads to a last-minute mission for Sam, Casey, Paige and Abby. Meanwhile, Doug faces a major test and makes a pivotal choice.

star 8.36
376 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
The Silencing Properties of Snow

#4 - The Silencing Properties of Snow

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 11, 2017

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 8.31
836 votes
Writers: Robia Rashid
The Essence of a Penguin

#5 - The Essence of a Penguin

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

Sam’s art assignment inspires an impromptu field trip. Casey navigates a fight with Izzie. Evan works hard for a second chance with Doug.

star 8.29
375 votes
Directors: Michael Medico
Writers: Lauren Moon, Michael Oppenhuizen
Road Rage Paige

#6 - Road Rage Paige

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

A hard truth keeps Casey up at night. Sam experiences a rough season with Zahid -- and Paige. Elsa and Doug brace for their next chapter.

star 8.28
363 votes
Sam Takes a Walk

#7 - Sam Takes a Walk

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

As Sam gets political with his art, Elsa and Doug explore a (not-so-normal) weekend away. Casey and Izzie re-examine their relationship.

star 8.05
355 votes
Directors: Robia Rashid

#8 - Ritual-licious

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 8.03
489 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: D.J. Ryan, Mike Oppenhuizen
Magical Bird #2

#9 - Magical Bird #2

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 9, 2021

As Casey reaches a crossroads, she finds herself questioning a lot of things. But in the meantime, she helps Sam get over a hurdle of his own.

star 8.01
209 votes
Directors: Robia Rashid
Writers: Robia Rashid
Only Tweed

#10 - Only Tweed

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

As Paige makes a plan in the face of adversity, Sam awaits a crucial academic update. Elsa endures an uncomfortable encounter.

star 7.97
368 votes
Player's Ball

#11 - Player's Ball

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jul 9, 2021

Casey and Sam fume about their parents meddling in their lives. Zahid hosts a big send-off for something near and dear.

star 7.93
197 votes
Writers: Mike Oppenhuizen

#12 - Shrinkage

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

While Sam and Casey face friendship dilemmas, Elsa uncovers a charming surprise, and Doug makes an unexpected decision.

star 7.88
371 votes
Directors: Annabel Oakes
Writers: Bob Smiley, Nicole Betz
In the Dragon's Lair

#13 - In the Dragon's Lair

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 7.88
490 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Robia Rashid
A Nice Neutral Smell

#14 - A Nice Neutral Smell

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 11, 2017

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 7.87
850 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Annabel Oakes
I Lost My Poor Meatball

#15 - I Lost My Poor Meatball

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 11, 2017

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 7.86
814 votes
Directors: Joe Kessler
Writers: Robia Rashid

#16 - Y.G.A.G.G.

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

Casey and Evan take to the open road for a tense reunion. Back home, Sam and Zahid get ready to party, and Elsa bids farewell to the past.

star 7.85
365 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Michael Oppenhuizen
Pants on Fire

#17 - Pants on Fire

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 7.85
505 votes
Directors: Geeta Patel
Writers: Mike Oppenhuizen
The Smudging

#18 - The Smudging

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 7.80
504 votes
Directors: Pam Thomas
Writers: Dennis Saldua, Robia Rashid

#19 - Antarctica

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 11, 2017

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 7.77
1,229 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Robia Rashid
The D-Train to Bone Town

#20 - The D-Train to Bone Town

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 11, 2017

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 7.76
838 votes
Writers: Jen Regan, Mike Oppenhuizen
Penguin Cam and Chill

#21 - Penguin Cam and Chill

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 7.76
520 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: Robia Rashid
Are You in Fair Health?

#22 - Are You in Fair Health?

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 9, 2021

Sam seeks a worthy caretaker for Edison. Casey tries to be supportive, but her plan backfires. Zahid shares tough news with Sam.

star 7.76
206 votes
Directors: Jennifer Arnold
Writers: Bob Smiley
That's My Sweatshirt

#23 - That's My Sweatshirt

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 11, 2017

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 7.75
859 votes
Writers: Dennis Saldua
Standing Sam

#24 - Standing Sam

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

Sam makes a bold move amid the buzz of orientation day. Casey crosses paths with Nate. Elsa and Doug unpack the hazards of half-truths.

star 7.74
367 votes
Living at an Angle

#25 - Living at an Angle

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 7.73
490 votes
Directors: Pete Chatmon
Writers: Jen Regan, Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal