Special, the new series via Netflix looks like it might really be special, indeed. Young Ryan O’Connell, the co-producer, writer, and star, based the show on his own memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves (2015). It tells the tale tells of a gay man with cerebral palsy trying to get some sort of control over his life. O’Connell moves out of his mother’s house and into a cool new job, only to end up in an entirely new closet, denying his disability and dealing with people’s perceptions of him. He wrestles with his sexuality, considers new challenges, learning to trust and embody those things that make him special.
It looks like Special will make for an uplifting viewing experience with a convincingly authentic depiction of someone living with cerebral palsy, plus, it seems totally original to have a lead character with cerebral palsy that is actually written by and played by a person with that disability. Special begins streaming today, Friday, April 12. I adored the first episode, especially Jessica Hecht as Ryan’s mother. If you are old enough, you might remember her for groundbreaking role as Susan, Ross’ ex Carol’s lesbian partner on Friends, which is also streaming on Netflix. Special is fresh and funny. Watch the trailer below:
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