In a world where everyone gains a superpower when they turn 18, Extraordinary follows Jen (Máiréad Tyers), a twenty-something Northern Irish girl, living in London, and still waiting to develop her power. Perhaps a cliched premise, but the show still manages to feel like a fresh take (with an 18 rating) that brings the humour and truthfulness of life in your twenties, needed to keep it original. A couple of favourites in my house are Jizzlord the cat and Gordon whose power is to make anyone orgasm upon touching them. Witty writing with plenty of hilarious one-liners is boosted by a talented ensemble cast. For example, Sofia Oxenham plays Carrie, whose ability to channel the voice of dead people is exploited by her insurance job, while her somewhat hapless time-travelling boyfriend Kash (Bilal Hasna) attempts to form a group of vigilantes, including one man with a bum that doubles as a 3D printer. The show is perfect for fans of Sex Education and Derry Girls. It even features Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls’ Sister Michael) who delivers as ever, the most impeccable comedic timing.
Disney has brought a killer soundtrack and a well-deserved budget to writer Emma Moran’s debut show, that brings this superpower filled world to life. That being said, Moran has stated that it was important to her to keep the economic realities of the viewer in order to ensure the emotional ground layer of the show remained intact. Moran infuses the current inundation of superhero content with an honest emotional relatability of navigating the difficult world of finding jobs, friendships and hook-ups. She describes the core of the show as the feeling of being “lost and messy” in your twenties and tackles the universal urge to constantly compare yourself to others, who seem to be endlessly thriving and reaching milestones. Of course, that is not the case, which Extraordinary proves, and comforts viewers with the reassurance that it is okay to just be okay. It’s a celebration of the mediocrity that we all feel as we 'come-of-age'. And even if you can fly you still need to remember to call your mum and tell your friends that you love them.
So, gather your housemates for a feel-good binge and be grateful you do not live with someone who can read your mind.