Special: Season 1 (2019)


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.

96%

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Critic Ratings: 23

85%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 126
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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
2
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
3
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
4
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
5
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
6
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
7
Air date: Apr 12, 2019
8
Air date: Apr 12, 2019

Tv Season Info

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 (23) | Top Critics (9)

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…

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…
Top Critic

Netflix's first sitcom of 15-minute episodes plays out like a woke, snappy, millennial dream.

Jul 23, 2019 | Full Review…

"The show is vastly significant in terms of what it does for our representation in the mainstream culture...provides me, and other disabled and marginalized people, with a much-needed piece of representational belonging."

Jun 19, 2019 | Full Review…

That shines through when you realize Special isn't a "disability comedy," it's a comedy where disability is a meaningful, but singular, slice of its main character's rich life.

Jun 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Special-with O'Connell's obvious talent as a writer and star-makes a compelling case for why disabled writers, creators, and actors should be leading the way in expanding media representation for people with a variety of disabilities.

Jun 6, 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…

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 brilliance of O'Connell's game is that he's created an uber-accessible comedy, full of self-referential and -deferential humor. It's also full of wise observations about the absurdity of modern culture.

Nov 22, 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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Special: Season 1

  • 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
  • Apr 26, 2019
    Overall, this show was really well done! It had a lot of heart and comedy in a way that I have never seen before. The ending to the first season was good and a little bumpy, however, it did leave me wanting more from season two. Also, I would love to see the episodes be longer!
  • Apr 21, 2019
    Special is fun and one of the best Netflix original comedy series, because it has a good direction, a great script, a very pleasant rhythm due to the short duration of the episodes and excellent characters that are very charismatic and interpreted in an incredible way by Ryan O'Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel and Augustus Prew
  • Apr 21, 2019
    Ryan is super fucking annoying. I loved all the other character's except the mom's boyfriend. I thought that him and Ryan became rude for no reason. Apart from that I loved all the characters and found myself shipping people and chuckling but not laughing. I'm excited to see where this show goes. It's short but sweet. there is a certain romance i can't wait to see develop and I really don't want his mom to feel like she is guilty. Hopefully they don't take the show in that direction. 3.5/5
  • Apr 20, 2019
    Excelent. Want to watch the season 2 soon.
  • Apr 19, 2019
    So many emotions at the end of this and not the one's I imagined after say episode 3. By that point I thought that it was the freshest thing since After Life. Now I'm not so sure.I have to admit in ep 8 I was left with as many questions as Ryan and his mother had. All the things that were said in the last scene needed to be said. I just thought the reactions were a bit disjointed and I found myself yelling 'NO, don't say that' or ' He doesn't really mean that'. It asks so many questions of the audience as well. When Phil says ' you an be an asshole with CP' ,I found myself agreeing with him and when he says ' I don't want to date my girlfriend's kid' I also was totally on his side. And that was my problem, we should be on the side of mother and son and we totally agree with Phil. Was this intended. Shouldn't we be Team Ryan and Mum. I also agreed with Kim when she was upset with Ryan for not disclosing his condition. I think there are a few kinks to be ironed out but that all said it is one of the most original off centre quirky pieces I have seen. Where the faults lie I am not sure but I don't want to be annoyed with Ryan like I was at the end. I want to cheer for him like I did most of the series. I also hope there is enough love and support for another series and that Mum gets her boyfriend and her son and they both grow and learn from the things they said at the conclusion.

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