TV Shows That Have Done a Great Job Addressing Autism

TV Shows That Have Done a Great Job Addressing Autism

[easyazon_link identifier=”1476776245″ locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Autism[/easyazon_link] is a condition that can take on several different forms and degrees of severity. Asperger’s syndrome once appeared in the DSM as a mental disorder, but it has since been reclassified as falling under the autism spectrum. There are quite a few well-known celebrities that live with autism and despite their challenges, have become quite successful in their personal lives as well as their professional careers. The topic has also been covered in a variety of television shows. Not all of them do a good job of being tasteful or factual about it, but some have offered good education on the subject.

Here are the series that have done the best job of addressing autism.

 “[easyazon_link identifier=”B00DPUB592″ locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]The IT Crowd[/easyazon_link]”

This television show features a character named Maurice Moss. Moss is a collector but his treasures are offbeat things which include wires of all things. He definitely evidences the traits of a person who is on the autism spectrum. He isn’t any good at lying, but he does take pride in who he his. This is admirable and viewers can relate to him in a very positive way. Moss makes no apologies for who he is and his autistic like qualities are endearing to fans of the show.

“[easyazon_link identifier=”B00NJ4VMDS” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Parenthood[/easyazon_link]”

This series features Max Braverman as a character with Asperger’s syndrome. The character of Max is configured dead on and there is no question about the intention of the show. He stands as a representative of people with Asperger’s as the show delivers an accurate perspective on what it is like to live with the condition. Jason Katims is the executive producer of the show. He has had personal experience with autism because his son has Asperger’s. Katims has done his research and also includes his own life experiences to give viewers a quite realistic and honest look at the topic.

“[easyazon_link identifier=”B01HSF9PXW” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Community[/easyazon_link]”

The character Abed Nadir has an obsession with pop culture. The creator of the show is Dan Harmon, who himself has been diagnosed as being in the autism spectrum. Although Abed has not officially been diagnosed on the show, the traits are displayed plainly through the development of his character. He’s empathetic and he does a good job of developing relationships with family and friends. We’ve all heard the saying that “it takes one to know one,” and in this instance, fans who are familiar with the condition are drawn to Abed because they can easily relate to him in a positive way.

“[easyazon_link identifier=”B01LTIOIL8″ locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Bones[/easyazon_link]”

This show allows viewers to take a good look at how an autistic person can rise to great success in their chosen profession. Dr. Temperance Brennan is a character that was developed to show the world what Asperger’s syndrome really is, without being officially diagnosed. This is one of the aspects of the show that make it so highly relevant. There are countless people who actually fall into the autism spectrum but do not realize that this is what’s going on. They understand that there are things about them that are different from some others, but can’t quite figure out the causes. Brennan doesn’t really get sarcasm and she doesn’t show a lot of interest in most of the social conventions in her world. Her symptoms mirror what is known about autism in highly intelligent women, making the show a fair representation of the reality of autism.

“[easyazon_link identifier=”B074BK923N” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]The Middle[/easyazon_link]”

Brick Heck serves as a realistic example of ASD, but he’s not been diagnosed. The character has been formed with tics and obsessions that land him in a social skills group for ASD. The relationship that his father has with him is heartwarming and it shows us what it is like to have a loved one with ASD, even if the father doesn’t know precisely what is going on with his son. He accepts him for who he is and continues to bond with him over the things that the two can enjoy together.

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