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‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ Is So Damn Funny I Forgot To Be Sad

EVERYTHING'S GONNA BE OKAY - "Pilot" - A neurotic 25-year-old still living at home with his single dad and two teenage half-sisters, one of which has autism. He is not particularly helpful in raising his siblings, but when their dad becomes terminally ill, the girls have to cope with not only a devastating loss but also the realization that Nicholas is the one who will have to hold it all together. (Freeform/Tony Rivetti) KAYLA CROMER, MAEVE PRESS, JOSH THOMAS

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay Review

‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ is the best thing on Freeform right now.

I kid you not, I enjoyed the first three episodes of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay on Hulu so damn much that I started watching them again, while I wait for episode four, before I even started writing this review.

And I still can’t get over how GREAT this show is.

I mean, I knew it was gonna be funny when I saw the trailer a few weeks ago, but goodness! I didn’t think they’d come out swinging like that in the first episode.

Talk about amazing writers!

And with touchy subjects like autism, cancer, and losing a loved one – I think they did an incredible job. Honestly, I didn’t even realize their sister had autism at first.

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The show tackles autism, cancer and the pain of losing a loved one with so much humor that you seriously forget to be sad.

I didn’t expect to laugh so damn much during these first few episodes, but I did.

And at things I never thought could be funny – someone passing away, autism quirks, telling your kids you have cancer. It’s just written and performed SO perfectly that you legit forget that what’s happening before you is serious shit!

The entire show reminds me of the meme, with the dog sitting in the middle of a fire, pretending to be okay as the house burns down! Lol (Pictured above.)

Cause everything that’s happening is BEYOND crazy, but their brother just sits there like, nope this is fine, we’re fine. Lol

And can we talk about that eulogy!

One of the sisters gives a eulogy and it is priceless!

But why was that scene so great?

Aside from the fact that her speech was both hilarious and emotional, kids with autism are known for having a hard time understanding jokes and telling them.

They take things at face value so sarcasm usually goes over their head. Which makes her eulogy SO darn good!

Not only did she write a whole speech with jokes that were funny, that she clearly understood well, the entire audience got it too. And at a funeral, when people can side eye you for being too “insensitive” every joke she told had an emotional impact!

Because, just like she says in the show – if it weren’t for her dad she wouldn’t have been able to tell that speech so well.

I also love that there’s no intro song.

As a music person, I look forward to seeing how music is used throughout a show and I’m always on the look out for a good intro song.

But ‘Everything’s Gonna Be Okay’ doesn’t have one!

They just throw the title up casually and keep the shit rolling. There’s no need to roll your eyes as the theme song starts and hit “skip intro” and I love it. Lol 

However, what I love even more than not having to hit “skip intro” for every episode is how the music is used in this show.

The way the sound switches from background music to the music playing in a car is so smooth! And it’s the same with the piano piece she was playing that was used as background music in a different scene.

This tactic keeps the emotions on the same level so you KNOW you’re still supposed to be upset even if someone has told 5 jokes back to back and you feel like laughing.

The cuts between each scene are quick AF, and even though I’m not sure what that’s called right now, just know that each scene flips back and forth from one awkward situation to another so quickly you barely have a chance to be bored.

In fact, with the scenes crossing over each other so quickly, one may wonder which scene is supposed to be funny and which is supposed to be taken seriously.

But thanks to the music there’s no question about how you should feel.

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And for a show that’s basically punch line after punch line while discussing tragedy, that’s important.

However, unlike Disney Plus’s Diary of a Future President series, the bullying in this show is disgusting.

I know kids are mean, especially girls, but I liked not having to see that played out in Disney Plus’s Diary of a Future President series. (Or at least it wasn’t present in the first two episodes I watched.)

But that’s not the same case with Everything’s Gonna Be Okay!

From throwing tampons at someone’s head in class, to laughing at someone with autism because she said she had a crush on the guy everyone likes, bullying is openly present in this show.

It’s actually a great way to bring bullying up in conversations if you do have teens, which is why Freeform incorporates bullying into their shows, but I figured I’d let you guys know ahead of time. Cause you know ‘triggers’.

Everything's Gonna Be Okay Review
EVERYTHING’S GONNA BE OKAY – “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. They already know not to put their heads in the oven. What’s the worst that can happen? (Freeform/Tony Rivetti) ADAM FAISON, JOSH THOMAS, CHRISTOPHER MAY

Last but not least, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay is extremely LGBT+ friendly!

For some of you that may be a problem! (Especially if you were planning to watch this with your kids. Which you probably shouldn’t if they’re on the younger side, as this is rated TV14. But if you have teens then you should be aware.)

It’s not a problem for moi, because … I’ve been watching Freeform for years now, and I noticed the transition of their shows a long time ago. My kid is also only 7, so I’m definitely not watching this with her.

However, if you’re not a BIG Freeform fan, then you probably don’t realize that all of their shows these days are LGBT inclusive! Which is great! Unless you’re one of those that can’t stand to see men or women kiss each other! *rolls eyes*

So if that’s you, you’re gonna wanna have your finger over the “fast forward button” ready and waiting cause there’s lots of sexual encounters and conversations! (Or maybe you should just get over it and let people live they life? Lol)

But I mean the brother is openly gay, so the jokes are straight out the gate!

You figure out what’s best for you though! I’m gonna try not to judge you, cause I know people are allowed to do what they wanna do. So whatever! Lol

But most importantly, Everything’s Gonna Be Okay just feels good!

Penn Badgley (who plays Joe Goldberg, the star, from Netflix’s hit series You) said awhile back, when talking about what You really is about, that often times people will watch You and then watch something else to wash the bad thoughts and feelings out of their system.

And honestly that’s exactly what Everything’s Gonna Be Okay does!

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, despite talking about taboo topics, washes away the pain and awkwardness from these situations with lots of quips.

And it’s instantly now my FAVORITE show on Freeform!

I mean I love Grownish but I’m still mad at their writers for Season 3’s premiere episode. Lol So let’s not even talk about them right now. Ugh!

Have you seen Everything’s Gonna Be Okay yet? If not …

Click this link to watch Everything’s Gonna Be Okay on Hulu. Episode Recaps will be linked below soon.

Everything's Gonna Be Okay Review


P.s – Thanks for reading! Don’t forget to hit the share button below so your friends can read this awesome post as well. Comments are always appreciated and responded to. So gon’ and tell me how you REALLY feel! Thanks in advance! Now click around and read something else. Lol There’s lots of suggestions below!

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Written by Shaye Wyllie

Shaye is an Entertainment Writer from Brooklyn, NY and a big fan of anything and everything superpowers related (especially if kids/teens are involved), cooking + baking shows (like MasterChef Junior and Cupcake Wars), teen dramas, sitcoms, comedies, and legal dramas. When she's not binging the latest series on Netflix or writing, you can find her spilling her thoughts on the Brown Side of Disney Chat or creating YouTube videos with her daughter for their new family site, Popcorn and Tater Tots.

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