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One of the hallmarks of Josh Thomas’ particularly spiky and sympathetic sense of humor is how he takes a situation we’ve seen unfold on TV before and makes the bold choice to let his characters react like actual human beings. On his semi-autobiographical comedy “Please Like Me,” people struggled through depression and their gnarled feelings with such candor that it felt both jarring and revelatory. The same holds true for his new Freeform comedy “Everything’s Going to Be Okay,” which follows a trio of siblings — played by Thomas, Maeve Press and Kayla Cromer — learning how to care for each other after their father (Christopher May) dies. They’re angry and sad in their grief, of course, but they’re also still themselves: messy and funny, wry and earnest. When, after their father’s funeral, they feel a need to express themselves with a wildly silly dance session in their kitchen, it makes perfect sense.
Another fact that shapes their lives is that Matilda is autistic, and tends to cope with the world by breaking it down into manageable pieces as best she can through pointed questions. (Cromer, the relative newcomer playing her with such nuance and precision, is also on the autism spectrum herself, and therefore acts from lived experience.) This informs a big part of her personality, but to the show’s credit, “Everything’s Going to Be Okay” is careful to approach her character as a very specific teenage girl rather than some all-inclusive representation...
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