As Ryan O’Connell often tells it, the first season of “Special” was a tough sell. Based on his own experiences as a gay man with cerebral palsy, “getting the show made has been a fucking journey,” as he told Variety in 2019. “This might shock you, but putting a gay disabled lead on TV isn’t an instant sell. It takes time, perseverance and a sprinkle of delusion.” Complicating matters was the fact that the show O’Connell wanted to make wouldn’t be the “inspiration porn” that has otherwise defined television’s scant representation of people with disabilities. His gay lead would be funny and kind, sure. But he’d also be a little selfish, self-centered at inconvenient times, and have hot, complicated, explicit sex.