Special: Season 1 (2019)


Critic Consensus: Honest and genuinely affecting, Special lives up to its name with a funny -- if a bit too concise -- first season brightened by Ryan O'Connell's infectious charms.


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Air date: Apr 12, 2019
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
Air date: Apr 12, 2019

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A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the life he wants.

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Critic Reviews for Special Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

Feels like a finely-tuned, precision-crafted Web series, with potent little zingers stitched into every exchange - along with the occasional sledgehammer.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Special feels real and lived-in because it's O'Connell's voice and experiences - which is why it's so refreshing, honest and never self-pitying or condescending.

Apr 21, 2019 | Full Review…
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Its appealing length is a sign of much-appreciated self-awareness, as "Special" needs some time to hone its delivery and find more storytelling confidence, but there's more than enough in Ryan O'Connell's new series to make it the right kind of notable.

Apr 17, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Though the series and character sometimes verge on being too sweet, there is an unimpeachable emotional realism here...

May 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's very light, there's nothing sad or disturbing about it. It's light, and it's sweet, and it gives you a slice of the gay community you usually don't get to see.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

The 15-minute episodes are an easy binge and the two lead characters...are often a hoot even if some of the secondary characters (a witch-on-wheels boss, in particular) and situations undercut the show's attempts at realism.

May 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Biting but warm comedy skewers millennial life, disability.

Apr 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

'Special' is a window to the influence of language on our environment, our thoughts, our bodies, our ideals and our reality. It is not about accepting oneself. It is about showing oneself as it is. (Full Review in Spanish)

Apr 23, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The series, based on O'Connell's own life, writings and a podcast, is devilishly funny and madcap.

Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…

If you stick it out through the end, eight episodes in all-easily done, on account of their affable tone and agreeably modest fifteen-minute running time-you will encounter some savory self-knowledge to cut the sweet cheer.

Apr 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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