KING AND MAXWELL/TNT/2013 (Autism)
Edgar Roy (Ryan Hurst), a high-functioning autistic savant who specializes in patterns and numerical sequences. Based in Washington, DC, he assists former Secret Service agents Sean King (Jon Tenney) and Michelle Maxwell (Rebecca Romijn) solve crimes at private detectives located in a lakeside beach house.
An adept computer hacker, Edgar used to work for a defense contracting company. He was framed by a rival defense contractor, but King, with a newly acquired law degree, proved him innocent and the hired Edgar to assist with their investigations at King and Maxwell. Edgar’s work requirement are rather simple. He likes to sit at a “friendly desk” and have soup for lunch on Mondays.
Edgar considers Sean and Michelle his friends, as well as Benny, a streetwise criminal (a counterfeiter whom Sean once helped convict) who provides information to their agency.
Note: The TV series is based on the crime novels of the same name written by David Baldacci. To research the part of an autistic person, Hurst read a book about the savant syndrome entitled “Islands of Genius” by Darold Treffert,
WAR OF THE WORLDS/SYN/1988-90 (Wheelchair)
Norton Drake (Philip Akin), a black computer genius in a wheelchair who battled the menace of alien invaders from outer space. He is a cool, laid back character with a good sense of humor. Norton nicknamed his voice-activated wheelchair “Gertrude.” In earlier episodes, Norton spoke with a quasi-Jamaican accent.
Norton was part of a team called the Blackwood Project and headed by Dr. Harrison Blackwood (Jared Martin) an astrophysicist whose parents were killed in the 1953 alien invasion of earth.
Other team members included Dr. Suzanne McCullough (Lynda Mason Green), a microbiologist and single mother; and Lt. Col. Paul Ironhorse (Richard Chaves), a conservative, Native American military officer.