Special: Season 1 (2019)

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Season 1
Special

Critics 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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Critic Ratings: 25

83%

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User Ratings: 170

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

In the wake of being hit by a car, Ryan begins a coveted internship and finds an opportunity to redefine himself based on his recent run-in.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

Kim encourages a daunted Ryan to be more comfortable with his body at Olivia's pool party, where they both make some surprising new friends.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

Karen reluctantly agrees to help Ryan find an apartment while Kim eagerly volunteers to help him check another big milestone off his list.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

Ryan's underwhelming attempt at a housewarming party leads to a bonding session with Kim; Karen's nest doesn't stay empty for long.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

Karen's shopping trip is cut short as she tends to pressing matters for her mother and Ryan, fueling frustrations with her role as dual-caregiver.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

While Ryan attends a dudes' poker night, Karen lets loose with Phil at home, basking in her affection for him -- and for grilled cheese.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

An unconventional blind date leads Ryan to examine his own biases and insecurities; friction develops in Karen and Phil's burgeoning romance.

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Air date: Apr 12, 2019

Conflicted by how he's being defined, Ryan decides to come clean at work and with his friends, but focusing on himself leaves Karen feeling left out.

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Cast & Crew

Ryan O'Connell
Ryan Kayes

Actor
Jessica Hecht
Karen Kayes

Actor
Punam Patel
Kim Laghari

Actor
Marla Mindelle
Olivia

Actor
Augustus Prew
Carey

Actor
Patrick Fabian
Phil

Actor
Ryan O'Connell
Executive Producer
Jim Parsons
Executive Producer
Eric Norsoph
Executive Producer
Todd Spiewak
Executive Producer
Anna Dokoza
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Critic Reviews for Special: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Special: Season 1

  • Jan 09, 2022
    Seasons 1-2. Interesting and entertaining. I'd recommend it. Season 1 has 8 15-minute episodes. Season 2 has 8 30-minute episodes. So a relative quick watch. I'd watch another season if/when it becomes available.
  • Jun 15, 2021
    I love this show so much, definitely one of my top 5 favorite TV shows I've ever watched. The writing is outstanding; so well written, hilarious, and the deeper moments are beautiful. Ryan O'Connell gives a phenomenally charismatic, funny, and beautifully authentic performance and Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel, and Marla Mindelle gave superb performances. The chemistry between Ryan and Punam is hilarious and the chemistry between Ryan and Jessica is so beautifully believable and authentic especially in the season finale their performances were perfection. The first season of Special is an A+ to me; I love seeing more authentic representation of people with a disability and people who are gay being represented by someone who is disabled and who is gay.
  • Jun 14, 2021
    Genuine!! 🏳️‍🌈 This short TV show follows Ryan O'Connell who also stars in this semi-autobiographical series based on his own memoir "I'm Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves". He plays Ryan, a gay man with mild cerebral palsy who decides to do away with his identity as an accident victim in hopes of finally going after the life that he wants. Short but compelling!
  • Jun 02, 2021
    The show appears to be twisted: The main character seems really selfish, self-absorbed. Responds to everything with a condescending "okay...?". What do guys like about his personality? I don't really get it, could not watch the whole thing.
  • Apr 06, 2020
    Super good: the same genre as Master of None, Ramy, Feel Good, etc.
  • Oct 18, 2019
    Funny af watched it in a day!
  • Aug 18, 2019
    Parsons was the reason to terminate the best series ever made Big Bang theory for spending his time in tv series like this? What a pity.
  • Jul 08, 2019
    This series demonstrates that anyone can be an awful person. 20-something pain in the ass more worried about image than how he treats people. The millennial me-first mentality. Not funny, uncomfortable to watch, poorly presented, awkward, and goes nowhere.
  • May 17, 2019
    Special can use its title honestly due to its perfect blend of heartfelt and funny moments - thanks to Ryan O'Connell's talent as both lead star and writer.
  • May 04, 2019
    Ryan the main character really is an asshole who takes for granted the people around him and what people really do for him specially his mom which at the end of the season throws a pity party for himself when his mom expresses all she really does for him I really hope this show doesn't get a second season by far one of the worst shows on Netflix

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