Speechless: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)



Critic Consensus: Speechless speaks to a sensitive topic with a heartfelt lead performance and a fine balance of sensitivity and irreverence.


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Air date: Sep 21, 2016
Air date: Sep 28, 2016
Air date: Oct 5, 2016
Air date: Oct 12, 2016
Air date: Oct 26, 2016
Air date: Nov 9, 2016
Air date: Nov 16, 2016
Air date: Nov 30, 2016
Air date: Dec 7, 2016
Air date: Dec 14, 2016
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In Season 1 of "Speechless," the Dimeo family move to a new neighborhood so that their son, JJ (Micah Fowler), who has cerebral palsy, can go to an inclusive school. With the help of his brother Ray (Mason Cook), sister Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) and assistant Kenneth (Cedric Yarbrough), JJ negotiates the day-to-day difficulties of being a teenager---not ever letting his condition slow him down. Meanwhile, their mother Maya (Minnie Driver) walks the line between being overprotective and letting JJ thrive in his new environment; at the same time, dad Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) tries to bond with all his children.


Minnie Driver
as Maya DiMeo
John Ross Bowie
as Jimmy DiMeo
Micah Fowler
as J.J. DiMeo
Mason Cook
as Ray DiMeo
Kyla Kenedy
as Dylan DiMeo
Marin Hinkle
as Dr. Miller
Shirley Chen
as Student #3
Paul Bates
as Older Cop
Parker Wierling
as Student #2
Jeromy Ramos
as Zach Garcia
Rob Corddry
as Billy DiMeo
Bianca Lopez
as Attendant
Chiquita Fuller
as Attendant
Lance Lim
as Justin Chang
Julianne Hough
as Miss Bloom
Karly Rothenberg
as Crossing Guard
Del Hunter-White
as Lunch Lady
Kiva Jump
as Drop-off Parent
Tim Braun
as Cabana Boy
Jaden Martin
as Harley Ressler
Victor Chi
as Festival Goer
Joseph Schirle
as Ben Ferguson
Mark Bloom
as Businessman
Cecily Breaux
as Counselor #2
Darcy Shean
as Fancy Woman
Tony Forsmark
as Coach Barry
Kelly King
as Ethan's wife
Brandon Morales
as Officer Shaw
Forte Rodriguez
as Security Guard
Cate Cohen
as Flight Attendant
Cassie Brennan
as Chloe Davis
Reece Rios
as Darren
Brian Park
as Party Animal
Kate Bergeron
as English Teacher
Sean O'Donnell
as Prom King
Treisa Gary
as Teacher
Nicole J. Butler
as Head Nurse
Becki Dennis
as Office Worker
Jake Regal
as Patron #2
Matthew Bridges
as Customer #1
Eric Normington
as Deli Worker
Asia Jackson
as Heather
Dina Spybey
as Jennifer
Beth Crosby
as Flier #2
Malia Pyles
as prom Queen
Nicole Dele
as Customer #2
Cyrus Deboo
as Administrator
Morgan Peter Brown
as Jerk Customer
Miles Hayden
as Trick-Or-Treater #1
Christopher Cho
as Security Guard
Taylor Gregory
as Trick-Or-Treater #2
Heidi Fecht
as Flier #3
Atticus Batacan
as Person in Crowd
Robert James Watkins
as First Responder
Travis Guba
as Mr. Sharp
Tom Ellenson
as Nicholas
Paris Smith
as Student #1
Jill Basey
as Elderly Choir Teacher
Michelle N. Carter
as Nurse Loretta
Ashlyn Lundahl
as Trick-Or-Treater #3
Grace Su
as Receptionist
Jake Elliott
as Stephen
Kerri Medders
as Head Cheerleader
Julie Meyer
as Natalie
Frank Crim
as Trooper
Louis Santos
as Russell
Lauren Oliveira
as Receptionist
John Ruby
as Kevin
Shay Ali
as Customer
Fernando Rivera
as Orderly #2
Irene White
as Nathalie
Anna Jaller
as Pregnant Woman
Myles Brewer
as Football Player
Coby Bird
as Oliver
Paul Walia
as Rashad
AlexAnn Hopkins
as Young Woman
Kyra Locke
as Surgeon
Mia Ferjulian
as Savannah
Matthew Josten
as Eastlake Player
Ellee Jo Trowbridge
as Teenage Girl
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News & Interviews for Speechless: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Speechless Season 1

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (22)

Speechless is all but guaranteed to be the Alphabet network's next comedic hit.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Speechless is bitingly funny and is also that rare instance that can tell the story of a disabled character and his family without being morose or pitying.

Oct 28, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Driver is impeccable in the role, and her comic timing is perfection, just as it was on About a Boy and Will & Grace. But the rest of the cast is impressive too, most notably Fowler.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…

One of the best things that could happen to TV this fall would be for JJ DiMeo to become just another sitcom character.

Sep 9, 2016 | Full Review…

Speechless mixes humor with plenty of heart, much of the latter provided by Micah Fowler, an actor who in real life has cerebral palsy. He simply lights up the screen.

Sep 7, 2016 | Full Review…

The premise may sound more sad than funny, but fortunately, it's not.

Sep 22, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Its other major strength lies in its darkly wisecracking family dynamic (think Modern Family, with added scorn), with Driver and Bowie perfectly encapsulating a couple who've learned the hard way to use cynicism and humour for fuel.

Mar 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Speechless takes the risk with a topic often considered taboo and -- so far -- delivers a captivating show.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

ABC's knack for understanding family comedy shines brighter than ever here; between the sharp jokes, silly situations, and realistic struggles, the show knows itself well and doesn't shy away from topics that other shows are prone to mishandling.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

ABC's smart comedy Speechless bypasses any notions of a gimmicky attempt at diversity, and instead delivers a sweet, irreverent look at the life of a teenaged boy with cerebral palsy.

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Speechless: Season 1

Speechless would have been innovative with its use of a disabled person maybe 40 years ago. Otherwise this sitcom has got obnoxious characters (stupid dad, bossy mum, rebellious disabled son, know it all daughter and pussy middle child). Unbearable, just unbearable.


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