O’Connell is best known as the creator, writer, executive producer and star of Netflix short-form series, Special. Debuting on the streaming service in April of 2019, the comedy is loosely based on O’Connell’s upbringing and experience as a gay man navigating the world with cerebral palsy. Earning a total of four Emmy nominations in its first season, the series also brought O’Connell GLAAD’s Special Recognition Award and a Visibility Award from LGBTQ advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign.
Set to return in May for its highly anticipated second (and final) season, Special is executive produced by Jim Parsons and his That’s Wonderful Productions banner. Thus far, O’Connell and That’s Wonderful have also teamed up on Accessible, a half-hour series in development at HBO Max,