Watching Everything’s Gonna Be Okay will cause you to do the seemingly impossible, which is laugh at death and feel more thankful for your siblings then you ever thought possible.
This new wickedly dark and heart-warming comedy, which has premiered exclusively on Stan, is written and produced by Aussie comedian Josh Thomas who also serves as main character Nicholas, a young Australian man visiting his father and two teenage half-sisters in LA.
On the day he is due to finish up his holiday and head home, his father delivers him the grave news that he’s very ill and has not long to live. Suddenly caught up in the idea of family and responsibility, Nicholas, who is big on dry humour and light on responsibilities, makes a spur-of-the-moment decision and boldly declares that he will become guardian to the two sisters he’s only ever seen during brief holiday visits.
While this may seem like a sad premise for a TV series, it’s the relationship between these three siblings, thrown together by tragedy, that leads to unexpected and sometimes wildly inappropriate hilarity.
Together, this trio unpacks grief, sex, love, and independence along with everything else that comes with growing up and finding your feet in the world.
Basically, if you fell in love with Josh Thomas’ first brilliant offering Please Like Me, then you’ll be equally enamoured with Everything’s Gonna Be Okay.
Take a look at the trailer for Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, now streaming only on Stan.
In Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Kayla Cromer plays the elder sister Matilda, who manages to find the sweet side in her underqualified brother coming into her life as a stand-in father figure.
For Matilda, who is autistic, there’s an extra layer of grief in her father’s death because he had always been the one person to walk her through life in a way that made her feel safe and understood that she processes the world in a different way.
Some of the loveliest moments of the series come from the way she teaches Nicholas how to be a father-like figure to her, like how instead of hugging he should instead dance with her in the moments when her sadness threatens to become too much.
Kayla Cromer is the first ever autistic actress to be cast as a lead character, simultaneously bringing an extra layer of much-needed realism to the role and making strides within the arts community for those with autism.
Stand-up comedian Maeve Press plays younger sister Genevieve and in stark contrast to Matilda’s sweet optimism about their new family dynamic, Genevieve’s reaction is much drier and disapproving, largely due to the fact that she feels more capable of responsibly leading their family than her flighty brother Nicholas (and we soon discover that she kind of has a point).
Watching the three siblings settle into their new reality, and all the family dynamics that come with it, is where the unique humour and heart of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay truly sit.