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Typically, these conflicts are exacerbated by the characters’ inability to be honest with one another.

Although the show is titled The A Word, an equally apt title might be "Neurotypical People Are Bad Communicators." While I admit that this particular style of family drama is not to my tastes, I appreciate that the show has chosen to include so many subplots not specifically related to Joe’s disability.

Sure, it’s obvious that Joe’s family loves him deeply.

But casual viewers are likely to walk away with the impression that everything would be better if he just weren’t autistic. And while this opening dialogue might suggest that the season will explore Joe’s feelings about his disability, unfortunately that isn’t the case.

Although she isn’t always perfect, Alison at least tries to be positive.

She forms a relationship with the mother of a young autistic man, and works to help teenaged Mark Berwick (Travis Smith, who is actually autistic) gain admission to university. Conversely, Paul is the closest thing this show has to a villain.

After all, life doesn’t stop just because one of the children in the family is autistic.

The Hughes family, who live in rural Northern England, have a seemingly unending litany of interpersonal dramas: the marital strife, the conflict between parents and adult children, and other assorted relationship issues.

The show does attempt to demonstrate that some of Paul’s more egregious behavior is wrong, which I appreciate.

But there are far too many ableist assumptions that go completely uncontested.

The Clichés of Autism Parents Most autism stories focus heavily on parent experiences, and The A Word is no exception.

Joe’s parents Paul (Lee Ingleby) and Alison (Morven Christie) are prominently featured.