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TealOtter
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02 Jun 2015, 5:10 pm

I've heard some people say that they really like how one of the characters is depicted with his struggles with Aspergers. What do you guys think? Does the show represent the struggles of Aspies well or poorly?



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05 Jun 2015, 6:55 am

I managed to get by never getting into that show. Found it to be more annoying than anything else.



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05 Jun 2015, 10:36 am

Given the wide diversity of how ASD can present, I imagine it well portrays someone's experience. For me, I found it stereotypically played and annoying.



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06 Jun 2015, 8:43 pm

There are actually two characters. Max is the first. The other is the character Hank, played by Ray Romano. After spending time with Max, and reading about Asperger's, he realizes that he is possibly on the spectrum. I really liked Ray Romano's character. There are parts of the show I really liked, and there are aspects of the show that I found annoying. The annoying part is personal. The characters sometimes take some nasty mood swings. I don't know how to describe it expect the writers needed some drama. Sometimes it just seems irrational. I also found it annoying how young people who supposedly had little money seem to live beyond their means, and everyone has a bottle of wine in the fridge.

Still those are my petty personal gripes, and I didn't let it stop me from watching. Like I said, I really liked Ray Romano's character.



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18 Jul 2015, 3:17 pm

pcgoblin, i totally agree with you. it actually bothered me how the family talked about and treated max (the aspergers kid), not to mention the shameless plugs and fals info from Autism Speaks (episodes on that false divorce statistic, for example). The guy evaluating me for autism actually suggested I start watching it, since my appointments were so spread out (i was waiting months!). If i wasn't an aspie, maybe I would have taken the hint!

HOWEVER i LOVE ray romano's character!! !! SO MUCH! and he was my favorite character from the first episode that he was in, well before they started the asperger's story line.

so: i liked the show more when they weren't talking about asperger's, until ray romano shows up.


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