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Special 

TV-MA | | Comedy, Drama | TV Series (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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Ryan O'Connell
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Season 2 Premiere



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Friday, April 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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Friday, April 12, 2019

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2   1  
2020   2019  
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ryan O'Connell ...  Ryan Hayes 8 episodes, 2019
Jessica Hecht ...  Karen Hayes 8 episodes, 2019
Punam Patel ...  Kim Laghari 8 episodes, 2019
Marla Mindelle ...  Olivia 8 episodes, 2019
Augustus Prew ...  Carey 8 episodes, 2019
Patrick Fabian ...  Phil 8 episodes, 2019
Christopher Lee Herod ...  Office Employee 5 episodes, 2019
Gina Marie Hughes ...  Samantha 3 episodes, 2019
Brandon Tucker Brandon Tucker ...  Chris 2 episodes, 2019
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SPECIAL is semi-autobiographical comedy about a gay man with cerebral palsy in his mid-20s coming of age by starting his first real job, beginning his first adventures in dating, and moving into his first apartment away from his helicopter mother. Written by Stage 13

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Comedy | Drama

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Produced by Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) and his husband Todd Spiewak See more »

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More shows like this, please!
11 May 2019 | by WestcoastalSee all my reviews

This series starts off a bit awkwardly but rewards patience by evolving into a sweet, addictive story with characters I want to see more from. As a viewer I found it incredibly refreshing to get a different perspective from voices I almost never see represented in TV and film. This is exactly the sort of story I want more of. I'm sick of culture and media that has such a narrow focus on characters I can't relate to, but which producers seem to think we want to see because they tick off certain physical and demographic boxes. It's so much more interesting for me to see representations of real people from different segments of the population. This series isn't good because the central character has CP, it's good because it's genuine, and it's genuine because it presents a character whose life experience is a bit different, yet so relatable. The show isn't about his CP, but his CP is part of what makes the show real and intimate and human. I am really looking forward to season 2, and I hope they expand it a bit because my one complaint is that it was too short.


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Official Sites:

Netflix

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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