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"Lock yourself in a room with your loved ones and watch Everything's Gonna Be Okay."

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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.

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The first hurdle they have to tackle together is their father’s funeral and it’s safe to say that it’s a comedy of errors from start to finish.

With no one around to lend her a helping hand, Genevieve accidentally buys herself an incredibly inappropriate dress to wear to the funeral, and Nicholas, who is already feeling very out of his depth in this new guardian role, makes the situation much worse by trying to agree with her that she looks somewhat like a Gothic child bride.

Kayla Cromer as Matilda, Maeve Press as Genevieve and Josh Thomas as Nicholas in Everything's Gonna Be Okay. Image: Stan.

Things go from bad to worse after the funeral when Nicholas, who is still straddling the line between looking after his own interests and his new role as guardian, accidentally books a party limo for the occasion, complete with disco lights, and then infuriates his already overwhelmed sisters by inviting the guy he's sleeping with to ride with them.

But the thing about family relationships, particularly between siblings, is that you can be furious with each other one moment and then lovingly embracing each other the next. It's a dynamic that plays perfectly throughout Everything's Gonna Be Okay.

It's why Genevieve and Matilda can be raging against their older brother one moment, and then gleefully tearing up their father's funeral flowers with him the next, while also finding comfort by having him sleep in between them at night when their pain is at its worst.

For most families, real life is messy, painful and beautiful all at the same time, and this is the realisation you'll feel acutely while watching Everything's Gonna Be Okay, even through your own laughter and tears.

Everything's Gonna Be Okay is one of those unique TV offers that will compel you to share the viewing experience with other people, be that your own siblings, your parents or even the friends in your life who feel like blood.

All because this is a show that manages to touch on some of life's darkest experiences in such a tender and humorous way that, just like the title dictates, will make you feel like everything will really be okay.

If there's any gift you can give yourself and your family in 2020, it's to watch Everything's Gonna Be Okay.

Everything’s Gonna Be Okay is streaming now, only on Stan, with new dropping weekly, same day as the US.

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Stan is the Australian home of Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, the brand new series from the mind of Emmy-nominated and critically acclaimed Aussie writer and comedian Josh Thomas. Get ready to fall in love with this imperfect family as they navigate autism, budding sexuality, consent, parenthood, adolescence, family and grief, and discover the importance of finding happiness in even the most difficult times. The heartfelt comedy series is now streaming, same day as the US, only on Stan.

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