The BEST episodes of Atypical

Every episode of Atypical ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Atypical!

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.

Last Updated: 6/18/2022Network: Netflix
Ernest Shackleton's Rules for Survival
551 votes

#1 - Ernest Shackleton's Rules for Survival

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
Dessert at Olive Garden
274 votes

#2 - Dessert at Olive Garden

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 7/9/2021

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

Directors: Michael Medico
Searching for Brown Sugar Man
398 votes

#3 - Searching for Brown Sugar Man

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/1/2019

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.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
The Silencing Properties of Snow
866 votes

#4 - The Silencing Properties of Snow

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/11/2017

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.

The Essence of a Penguin
399 votes

#5 - The Essence of a Penguin

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/1/2019

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

Directors: Michael Medico
Road Rage Paige
385 votes

#6 - Road Rage Paige

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/1/2019

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.

Sam Takes a Walk
379 votes

#7 - Sam Takes a Walk

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/1/2019

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

Directors: Robia Rashid
515 votes

#8 - Ritual-licious

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Ryan Case
Only Tweed
392 votes

#9 - Only Tweed

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/1/2019

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

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Magical Bird #2
252 votes

#10 - Magical Bird #2

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 7/9/2021

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.

Directors: Robia Rashid
In the Dragon's Lair
515 votes

#11 - In the Dragon's Lair

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Silver Tree
Player's Ball
243 votes

#12 - Player's Ball

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 7/9/2021

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

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Pants on Fire
529 votes

#13 - Pants on Fire

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Geeta Patel
395 votes

#14 - Shrinkage

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/1/2019

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

Directors: Annabel Oakes
A Nice Neutral Smell
883 votes

#15 - A Nice Neutral Smell

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/11/2017

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.

Directors: Seth Gordon
I Lost My Poor Meatball
840 votes

#16 - I Lost My Poor Meatball

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/11/2017

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.

Directors: Joe Kessler
391 votes

#17 - Y.G.A.G.G.

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/1/2019

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.

Directors: Wendey Stanzler
The Smudging
525 votes

#18 - The Smudging

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Pam Thomas
1259 votes

#19 - Antarctica

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/11/2017

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.

Directors: Seth Gordon
The D-Train to Bone Town
869 votes

#20 - The D-Train to Bone Town

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/11/2017

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

Penguin Cam and Chill
542 votes

#21 - Penguin Cam and Chill

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Ryan Case
That's My Sweatshirt
891 votes

#22 - That's My Sweatshirt

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/11/2017

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.

Standing Sam
394 votes

#23 - Standing Sam

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/1/2019

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.

Living at an Angle
515 votes

#24 - Living at an Angle

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Pete Chatmon
599 votes

#25 - Juiced!

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/7/2018

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.

Directors: Joe Kessler

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