Comedy, Drama / TV-Series (2019)
Special is comedy streaming television series that premiered on Netflix on April 12, 2019. The series is based on the memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves (2015) by Ryan O’Connell, who also stars, writes, and executive produces the series. From the heart and mind of Ryan O’Connell, Special returns to Netflix on May 20, 2021.
Ryan (O’Connell) really needs to get his shit together. It’s been two months and he still hasn’t spoken to Karen (Jessica Hecht) since their fight and he has a gnarly case of writer’s block that’s getting him in hot water with Olivia. Enter Tanner, a fun, flirty dance instructor who charms Ryan despite not being totally available. When his writer’s block eventually lifts, he’s inspired to write a long-form piece about disability. From there, he begins a journey of self-discovery that creates unexpected complications in his relationship with Tanner.
Meanwhile, Kim (Punam Patel) lets her guard down when she meets Harrison, a sensitive tech mogul with a humble background – but her insecurities and jealous tendencies continue to hamper her personal life and threaten to push Harrison away. With her spiraling credit card debt driving Kim even further towards rock bottom, she makes a hard choice to regain control of her finances and personal life. Since taking care of Ryan was her life’s purpose until their fight, Karen realizes that she needs to take an active approach to create a fulfilling life for herself – beyond just taking care of her ailing mother. Will she be content with continuing to clean up everyone else’s messes, or will Karen be able to lean into her newfound independence and create a life that centers around her own desires for once?
Creator: Ryan O’Connell
Director: Anna Dokoza
Writer: Ryan O’Connell
Stars: Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Punam Patel, Marla Mindelle, Augustus Prew, Patrick Fabian, Christopher Lee Herod, Buck Andrews
|Ryan O’Connell||►||Ryan Hayes|
|Jessica Hecht||►||Karen Hayes|
|Punam Patel||►||Kim Laghari|
|Christopher Lee Herod||►||Office Employee|
|Amanda Rea||►||Guest Model|
|Natalie D. Woodard||►||Wedding Officiant|
|Gina Marie Hughes||►||Samantha|
|Brian Jordan Alvarez||►||Shay|
|Jason Michael Snow||►||Keaton|
|Randy E. Aguebor||►||Random Dude|
|Dixie the Dog||►|
|Olivia Olsen||►||Bar Patron|