Web series based on a real Staten Island family raising twins with autism
The cast of Surprisingly Complicated
Sometimes you just have to laugh. That seems to be Guzin Kurun’s mantra while raising twin teenage boys with autism. The Tottenville mom’s new Staten Island-based web series, Surprisingly Complicated, portrays the many comedic highs and lows she faces in her own daily life while raising her two sons, Adem & Eren. The boys attended Eden II from 15 months old and are now students at the Hungerford School.
“We always tried to do different things with the boys. We aren’t afraid of their behaviors when we’re out,” Kurun explained. “So we took them to Ikea, Universal Studios, Harry Potter rides – and we ended up shutting down the rides. It was a miserable experience; but at the same time it was funny.”
Kurun, who worked for CNN and has some experience script-writing, decided to document these experiences into a pilot for a show, and now has a full season of episodes waiting to be filmed. Her goal is to feature children on the spectrum in every episode. Parents with children on the spectrum will surely find the show very funny and relatable, but Kurun noted that all parents will enjoy the humor and the frustrations that go along with raising children in general.
Check out their first two episodes on Amazon at this link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076JHBQFR
The Kurun Family: Mom & Dad Aydin & Guzin with twin sons Adem & Eren