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Special Season 2 (series finale) Opening on Netflix at May 20, 2021

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
Marla Mindelle Olivia
Augustus Prew Carey
Patrick Fabian Phil
Christopher Lee Herod Office Employee
Buck Andrews Henry
Amanda ReaGuest Model
Natalie D. Woodard Wedding Officiant
Gina Marie Hughes Samantha
Brandon Tucker Chris
Brian Jordan Alvarez Shay
Devin Bonnée Trevor
Garrett Graham Louis
Justin Kirk Jordan
Jason Michael Snow Keaton
Mj Vandivier Laurie
Bina Chauhan Saleslady
Andrew Daly
Andrew Daly Michael
Giovanni Desoto Barista
Brandon Potter
Kat Rogers Caitie
Shanaya Kapai
Shanaya Kapai Tiffany
Samantha Lee Bonnie
Carson White
Randy E. Aguebor Random Dude
Dixie the Dog
Sean Koetting Trey
Cameron Wofford Dalton
Avery Merrifield Bartender
Dwaylan Applewhite Braydon
Brady Box Brandon
Roshaun Valentine Andrew
Julie Cude-Eaton Shopper
Shahroze Khan Colton
Olivia Olsen Bar Patron


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