The BEST Episodes of Atypical

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2020

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.

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 8.64
455 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Robia Rashid
Searching for Brown Sugar Man

#2 - 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 8.44
305 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers:
The Essence of a Penguin

#3 - 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 8.35
308 votes
Directors: Michael Medico
Writers: Lauren Moon, Michael Oppenhuizen
Road Rage Paige

#4 - 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 8.33
295 votes
The Silencing Properties of Snow

#5 - 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 8.33
753 votes
Writers: Robia Rashid
Sam Takes a Walk

#6 - 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 8.11
291 votes
Directors: Robia Rashid
Writers:
Ritual-licious

#7 - 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 8.07
415 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: D.J. Ryan, Mike Oppenhuizen
Only Tweed

#8 - 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 8.02
300 votes
Y.G.A.G.G.

#9 - 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 7.90
297 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Michael Oppenhuizen
In the Dragon's Lair

#10 - 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 7.90
419 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Robia Rashid
Shrinkage

#11 - 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 7.89
301 votes
Directors: Annabel Oakes
Writers: Bob Smiley, Nicole Betz
Pants on Fire

#12 - 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 7.88
430 votes
Directors: Geeta Patel
Writers: Mike Oppenhuizen
A Nice Neutral Smell

#13 - 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
767 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Annabel Oakes
I Lost My Poor Meatball

#14 - 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
737 votes
Directors: Joe Kessler
Writers: Robia Rashid
The Smudging

#15 - 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 7.81
431 votes
Directors: Pam Thomas
Writers: Dennis Saldua, Robia Rashid
Penguin Cam and Chill

#16 - 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 7.79
443 votes
Directors: Ryan Case
Writers: Robia Rashid
Antarctica

#17 - 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
1,123 votes
Directors: Seth Gordon
Writers: Robia Rashid
Standing Sam

#18 - 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 7.77
299 votes
The D-Train to Bone Town

#19 - 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
757 votes
Writers: Jen Regan, Mike Oppenhuizen
That's My Sweatshirt

#20 - 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
782 votes
Writers: Dennis Saldua
Juiced!

#21 - Juiced!

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.74
489 votes
Directors: Joe Kessler
Writers: Robia Rashid
Living at an Angle

#22 - 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 7.74
419 votes
Directors: Pete Chatmon
Writers: Jen Regan, Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal
Cocaine Pills and Pony Meat

#23 - Cocaine Pills and Pony Meat

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 1, 2019

An ethics professor pushes Sam to his limits. Elsa keeps an eye on Doug ... and Megan. Casey considers her future and encourages Evan to do the same.

star 7.74
296 votes
Little Dude and the Lion

#24 - Little Dude and the Lion

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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
434 votes
Directors: Silver Tree
Writers: Theresa Mulligan Rosenthal
The Egg Is Pipping

#25 - The Egg Is Pipping

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 7, 2018

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 7.68
435 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Bob Smiley