EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OK

There is a television show that kind of flew under my radar on FreeForm. I started watching it on FreeForm’s website today and I actually really like it. The show is called Everything’s Gonna Be OK. Matilda, the main actress on the show, is on the Autism Spectrum. The premise of the show is pretty dark, actually. The basis is that a man in his mid-20s steps in to take care of his two stepsisters after their dad dies of cancer. The show aired on January 16 at 8:30 and I missed the episode…again, mainly because it kind of slipped under my radar. The dad is alive in the first episode but breaks the news to his son, who is home from Australia, that he “Is gonna die…soon. I have terrible cancer I will give you information on later on.” So yeah…pretty morbid. Genevieve, one of the stepdaughters, is blissfully unaware that some things should be kept to yourself. She happily bursts into the kitchen while everyone is eating and exclaims, “I just got my first period! I can get pregnant now!” Both of the stepsisters, including Matilda, have crushes on boys in High School. Matilda has a crush on someone she doesn’t even know. The son, Nicholas, is gay. So Nicholas is struggling with his sexuality. So it sounds like a weird, twisted, convoluted plot, but you have to keep in mind, it focuses on the dad, Nicholas, Genevieve, and Matilda. Plus it’s the first episode so think of it as an “intro” to the characters and the show itself. About halfway through the first episode, the dad and Nicholas have a heart-to-heart about guardianship of the girls. Obviously, Nicholas does not want to hear or talk to his dad about dying and who is going to take care of the girls. The best part about the show is that Matilda is played by an actress named Kayla Cromer. What’s so good about that, you ask? Well Kayla told interviewers and reporters that she herself has Autism. Plus the show is not all grave and dark. It actually has some humor in it, too. It’s not an outright comedy, but there is some humor present. Some of the humor is adult and sexual in nature, so I am maybe a little surprised it’s on a channel like FreeForm. But whatever. I suggest you at least check out the show. I cannot form an opinion for you. Personally, I like the show but whether you do or not is entirely up to you. Just do yourselves a favor and check it out before you form any conclusions. Thanks for reading!

-Tom

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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