There are a lot of shows on television (cable, Netflix, Amazon Prime, you name it…) these days that claim to have an autistic character. Often, it’s the main character. Some people are big fans of those shows, and those people may not like my opinion. But… I do have an opinion, and I’d like to share it.
I remember a few years back when my husband and I sat down to watch the movie Adam, have you seen it? We really enjoyed the movie. It was humorous and insightful while, at the same time, being thought provoking. After watching Adam, the hubby and I had many conversations about our son and what his life might be like when he is older. We had found so many similarities in the movie character and our kid. The thought of what would happen when we were gone was very much on our minds. We both liked the movie for the story and the emotion.
Remembering how that movie affected us was why I started watching all the shows I could find with similar subjects. That meant shows with autistic characters.
But I’ve been disappointed. A lot. And I’m pretty sure there are still many shows out there that I haven’t watched, but I’ve watched enough to just call it quits.