One of Freeform’s sleeper shows is Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, about a young man who winds up the guardian of his half-sisters, one of whom is autistic.
The first season was much about a fish-out-of water, with Nicholas struggling to understand America and people in general, while being the support his two teenage sisters really need. Along the way he falls in love with Alex, a handsome dental student. Matilda, the older sister, is autistic and a musician who was accepted to Julliard but struggled with handling New York City. Her younger sister, Genevieve, dos her best to support and help Matilda, while trying to become her own person.
And just when you think they’re all starting to get a grip on their lives… the Pandemic happens.
One of the delightful aspects of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay is they don’t shy away from the difficult and awkward topics. They embrace the atypical and revel in the odd patterns that life creates, the things we take for granted and understand, and the things that confuse us all. All three siblings are offbeat in their own way, and they take on the world together, but now that COVID has hit, everything is uprooted.
Through season one, Matilda begins to explore sex and sexuality, having sex with an older boy before starting to date Drea, a fellow autistic classmate. But after failing to handle the Big Apple, and being trapped at home with her siblings, Matilda has begun to question her path in life.
When her sister starts to suspect that Matilda is using social distancing as an excuse not to touch her girlfriend, the siblings have to face a whole new set of questions about Matilda’s sexuality. What if she’s not actually queer? Is Nicholas, the very flamboyantly gay older brother disappointed? Is Genevieve going to start dating? How will this impact all of them?
Stuck with this jumbled family is Alex, Nicholas’ boyfriend, who is finding his entire world uprooted in even more when he’s unable to actually begin his career, due to the Pandemic, and then his family begins to fall apart.
While we hope everything’s gonna be okay, with everything that’s up the air? Who knows anymore.
Season Two Airs Tomorrow Night
Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Season 2 will premiere Thursday, April 8, at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT with two back-to-back episodes. After the series premiere, new episodes will air Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. EDT/PDT and next day on Hulu.
The awkwardness of life can sometimes make you wince-laugh, but Everything’s Gonna Be Okay continues to deliver on the title’s promise, no matter what path it takes to get there.