Tonight Freeform kicks off the fun new single-camera comedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay with a special 90-minute premiere. 25-year-old Nicholas (Josh Thomas, Please Like Me) had been living in Australia with his mother. Nearly 17 years ago, his parents got divorced after his father had a daughter with another woman. His father moved to America, got remarried and had a second daughter, but the girls’ mother passed away when they were young. 17-year-old Matilda is autistic, and marches to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t really get social cues or boundaries, and just says what’s on her mind—if she likes the most popular boy in school, she’ll just come right out and tell him, even though he may be out of her league. Matilda is smart and artistic, and it seems like she can do anything she sets her mind to. Her younger sister, 14-year-old Genevieve is at an awkward age. She has just become a woman, and is just trying to fit in at school and stay under the radar, along with the help of her two best friends. The girls’ half-brother Nicholas is just about to head back to Australia when his father drops the news that he is dying and doesn’t have much time left. Nicholas has never been the most reliable or mature guy, so his father never really considered him as a serious possibility to take over guardianship of his siblings, but Nicholas assures him, and insists that he can do it. And so, shortly afterwards, Nicholas finds himself thrust into this new situation, trying to be the adult, taking care of two teenage girls, while also trying to balance his own personal life with boyfriend Alex (Adam Faison, Liberty Crossing).
While the series is a fun show about teenage problems and family, I wouldn’t say that all of the humor and situations are necessarily family-friendly. Freeform was smart to drop that “ABC Family” name a while back, as a lot of its programming has become geared towards a slightly more mature audience. I had never seen Josh Thomas’s previous acclaimed series, Please Like Me, so I was unfamiliar with his style of comedy. Nicholas is neurotic and self-absorbed, with an odd, awkward sense of humor that sometimes borders on becoming annoying. However, you can tell that he truly cares about his sisters. The relationship between these siblings is a lot of fun, and tonight’s episodes had me laughing quite a bit. There’s lots of physical humor with Nicholas, and many laugh-out-loud moments coming from the autistic Matilda, who delivers one the funniest, most inappropriate eulogies for her deceased father. It looks like the series will balance the stories of the girls dealing with typical teenage and school problems and the loss of their father, with Nicholas trying to become a more responsible adult and father-like figure, while also attempting to have a love life. I’m look forward to seeing more of this oddball series.
In tonight’s series premiere, “Seven-Spotted Ladybug”, Nicholas’ single dad has very bad cancer and he’s going to die, soon; so Nicholas offers himself up to be the guardian for his two teenage half-sisters. Then, in “Greenbottle Blue Tarantula”, Nicholas wishes he could call an adult; after the death of their father, Nicholas, Matilda, and Genevieve struggle to return to their daily—and nightly—routines; navigating the stay-at-home parent life is harder than Nicholas thought.
Tonight, I’ll also be watching/recording Young Sheldon, The Unicorn, Carol’s Second Act, Evil, Superstore, The Good Place, Will & Grace, Perfect Harmony, and Deputy.