The second weekend in April was a big one for TV. Of course, Game of Thrones returned. And heartthrob Noah Centineo continued his rom-con reign with The Perfect Date. But elsewhere on Netflix, a new show was offering us a sexy, funny, emotional take on being a queer person living with a disability, and Twitter was all over it:
Series creator and star Ryan O’Connell got things going with this intriguing invitation:
my show Special is out on Netflix today. go watch it. it feels like a warm, spiky hug.
— Ryan O'Connell (@ryanoconn) April 12, 2019
Digital media manager, Alex Goldschmidt pointed out that eight episodes at 15 minutes per episode makes for a quick binge, indeed:
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Be your own lube. 💦
Seize the weekend. 👏
LOL with @ryanoconn. 🤣
It only takes two hours. 🚨
— Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) April 12, 2019
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Ryan J. Haddad
Actor and playwright Ryan J. Haddad joined others in thanking the show for showing a person with cerebral palsy having a sex life:
Thank you @ryanoconn for putting gay, disabled (CP) sex on my television for the first time in my life. Watch SPECIAL on Netflix, darlings.
— Ryan J. Haddad (@RyanJHaddad) April 14, 2019
Director Robbie Rozelle tried to incite a little FOMO among those who hadn’t gotten on the binge-wagon:
— Robbie Rozelle 🏳️🌈 (@divarobbie) April 15, 2019
Musicians were excited to have their work associated with the groundbreaking show:
Proud to have my song ‘Fever, Fever’ feature on this new @netflix series called Special written by @ryanoconn The song comes in at the end scene of Season 1 Episode 5… Make sure to check it out!
.#specialnetflix #netflixoriginal #netflixsoundtrack #special #ryanoconnell pic.twitter.com/f8iXSIMYob
— Gizmo Varillas (@GizmoVarillas) April 15, 2019
Theater pro Rob Cook noticed at least one familiar face among the cast:
Watching #Special on Netflix and just clocked Augustus Prew.
I interviewed him about 8 years ago. I had a crush on him then. That has not changed.
— Rob Cook (@RobJamesCook) April 15, 2019
Writer and performer Kyle Peter was not alone in expressing admiration for the pert posterior of Brian Jordan Alvarez:
While everyone was watching Thrones, I binged #Special on Netflix. Holy shit! Hilarious and also wrecked me emotionally. Well done, @ryanoconn. Beautiful performance by #jessicahecht. Great to see my favourite Mormon @JMSPinafore, and a sweet turn (that butt) by @brianjoralvarez.
— Kyle Peter (@KylePKJP) April 15, 2019
Angel Van Stark
And Angel Van Stark shared the overwhelming sentiment that we need more Special (and more shows like Special) ASAP:
Congrats to @ryanoconn! #Special on #Netflix is the queer content we need! There are so many messages in this show that are both unique to a sub-queer community and the LGBTQ community as a whole. Can’t wait for more! 🏳️🌈💚🧩
— Angel VanStark (@angelvanstark) April 15, 2019
Have you watched Special? Did you like what you saw? Do you need more? Drop your take in the comments below:
Last modified: April 15, 2019