In this edition of Screenhub’s recommendations, Games and Digital Content Lead Jini Maxwell wants to give a shout it to the five-episode second season, which has just premiered on ABC. ‘I loved it even more than the first.’
Bestowing honorary lesbian status on Michael from Love On The Spectrum, I adore him pic.twitter.com/DK34zBgZqW— Jess McGuire (@jessmcguire) June 1, 2021
Love on the Spectrum won my heart last year for its celebratory, inclusive approach to the subject of neurodivergence and love. The series combines dating show elements with stories from autistic people who are in happy, long-term relationships, to paint a positive, tender portrait of its cast.
Season two is even better than season one, featuring some returning favourites as well as a diverse new range of cast members, the show is a total break from stereotypes of autism on screen, which often depict autistic people as lacking empathy, unfriendly, or generally unemotional. Here, autistic people are shown in a way that actually feels realistic: as unique and multifaceted in their interests, feelings, thoughts, and emotional lives as everyone else, and in this show, with much better respect and consent practice.
Where Love on the Spectrum succeeds best is in how well it demonstrates that the barriers many autistic people experience to dating are external, not internal; with the smallest amount of support and accommodation, the show makes a safe space that lets the cast’s romantic sides blossom.
In the second season the cast is even more diverse, with eye-opening new perspectives, and the season culminates in a wedding that had me crying happy tears. If you’re ready for your heart to grow two sizes, I couldn’t recommend it more highly.
Season 2 of Love on the Spectrum is now streaming on ABC iview.