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TV-MA | | Comedy | 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.


Ryan O'Connell
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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
Gina Hughes ...  Samantha 3 episodes, 2019
Christopher Lee Herod ...  Office Employee 3 episodes, 2019
Brandon Tucker Brandon Tucker ...  Chris 2 episodes, 2019


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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12 April 2019 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Sweet and special but short
15 April 2019 | by imlindaheartSee all my reviews

Never in my life have I watched an entire 8 episode season of any show this fast. Largely due to the 15 minute episodes, but also because of a sweet, innocent yet brave and somewhat selfish main character and his crew.

The series is very lovely, funny and looks real. How can it not look real? As I found out between episodes 4 and 5, the guy who plays the main character actually is him. Ryan wrote, produced and starred in "Special", which is actually based on his own life being a gay man with CP.

The only downside for me about this show was the fact that it was too short. 8 episodes of 15 minutes, that's only 2 hours! You can't really get in depth into the characters or use the whole potential of the funny moments and situations, which could be so much better with a bit more screen time. Anyways, at least it shouldn't take long till season two as it won't be too hard to get another 2 hours on tape.

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