• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 12, 2019

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7

Critic Reviews

  1. 80
    With a full half-hour and a bigger budget, Special could go from being a great if slightly-too-scant story to something really magical.
  2. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Apr 9, 2019
    Special is a work in progress about a character who's a work in progress and, in this quickly digestible form, it's set up to potentially continue to grow into something special — hopefully without losing that under-20-minute charm.
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Apr 8, 2019
    If the series were given more time to tell his story, it would be fascinating and even more satisfying to see where O’Connell might take it.
  4. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Apr 12, 2019
    There’s plenty to improve upon, but “Special” has the right pieces in place.
  5. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Apr 11, 2019
    Irreverent and enjoyably brisk. ... Special is only truly memorable when it depicts Ryan's endearingly awkward embrace of his sexuality. [15-28 Apr 2019, p.13]
  6. Reviewed by: Liam Mathews
    Apr 9, 2019
    Netflix's flimsy development process failed this show.
  7. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tyler Aquilina
    Apr 1, 2019
    It's a promising premise, with charming performances from its supporting cast, but Special's quirkiness, only-sometimes-successfully sweet emotional moments, off putting characters, and humor don't mix well. [5/12 Apr 2019, p.92]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Apr 13, 2019
    It's more than a gay man with CP and mother-son codependency going array. It's a charming story that leaves you wanting for more, and more. Loved it!