Speechless: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)


Season 1

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



Critic Ratings: 46


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User Ratings: 606

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Air date: Sep 21, 2016

A mom is driven to do what's best for her family in this sitcom, which begins with the DiMeos moving yet again, enrolling the kids in a new school and searching for the right caregiver to give JJ, her eldest son with special needs, his voice.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2016

Maya has second thoughts about Kenneth being JJ's full-time aide, especially after her son ditches a physical therapy appointment. Meanwhile, Jimmy tries to teach Dylan to be less amicable.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2016

A homecoming bonfire becomes Maya's latest crusade for equality when she points out that its beach location isn't wheelchair accessible. Meanwhile, Jimmy helps Ray get comfortable in their new surroundings.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2016

JJ and Kenneth go exploring on their own and discover they're an inspiration to strangers, which winds up scoring them free food and baseball tickets. Meanwhile, Dylan and Ray try to persuade their mom to let them play paintball, but Maya wonders if the family can have fun without JJ.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2016

Maya tries to cheer up Jimmy when he's disappointed by the kids' lack of interest in dressing up for Halloween. Meanwhile, Ray works on the school's haunted mansion with help from Dylan; and Kenneth fears for his job when JJ gets drunk at a party.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2016

JJ meets an injured gymnast who must learn to get used to being in a wheelchair, but develops a crush on her as he helps her to adapt. Meanwhile, Ray has to think fast to impress his classmates when it comes to a "sexting" matter; and Jimmy gives advice to Dylan on dealing with stress.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2016

The DiMeo's Thanksgiving plans to avoid another awful holiday with Jimmy's brother Billy go awry when the older DiMeo's clan shows up unannounced. Meanwhile, Kenneth and Ray do their best with the turkey; and the rest of the family invents a game to list annoying things about their relatives as the rivalry between Jimmy and Billy reaches the next level.

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Air date: Nov 30, 2016

The DiMeos' chronic tardiness prompts Ray to have them practice getting to school on time so he won't miss an upcoming weekend field trip. Meanwhile, the family pitches in to help when JJ is interested in a girl.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2016

JJ wants to play sled hockey, but Jimmy thinks it's too dangerous. Meanwhile, Maya realizes she should be nicer to Kenneth after she witnesses how much people like him during a CPR class.

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Air date: Dec 14, 2016

Maya's holiday spirit comes as a big surprise when the DiMeos get ready for Christmas, but her upbeat mood is challenged after the family's van is stolen?with all their gifts inside. Meanwhile, Ray joins the school choir when he's worried about getting into college, though he'll have to battle his brother over a coveted solo.

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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.

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Audience Reviews for Speechless: Season 1

  • Aug 10, 2019
    Great series, had a few problems but ultimately led to me watching every episode when they came out. The story line was good and allowed insight into the world of teenager with cerebral palsy, 7/10. Its a good series.
  • Jan 04, 2019
    Snappy dialogue and engaging characters, but it feel contrived.
  • Oct 22, 2017
    Such a great show. They bring light to a horrible disease in a heartfelt and funny way.
  • Jun 26, 2017
    An outstanding new sitcom that thoughtfully blends humor with sensitivity without being overly-emotional, and probably my top pick for new comedy this season.
  • Jun 17, 2017
    Taking everything you hate about family sitcoms and smothering it with comedic characters, stories worth your time and a fresh take on a family dealing with a special needs member. Speechless is a very enjoyable time for the whole family. Though what would make the series even better is if it the jokes would to learn when to take a step back and let the story do it's part.
  • May 10, 2017
    Funniest Comedy Show I've seen in awhile!
  • May 04, 2017
    following the critics with this.
  • Apr 25, 2017
    I have been watching this show sence the premiere of it and i am very happy with the outcome of it i set there. And laugh the entire time some times yes Minnie driver can be a hard core parent and annoying to watch at times but i love my boy JJ and Dylan is also funny with her terrets style fits and outburst I recommend if you are autistic or know somebody who is or even need a new family comedy this is that show please enjoy it i know i do
  • Apr 17, 2017
    As a parent of a child with special needs this show is getting it right and something everyone should watch period! It's super funny, super smart and the cast is phenomenal. The most important part is that it helps families who don't have these issues in their life understand families who do. It's ok to laugh in these situations and having a sense of humor can be a life saver. Thanks ABC & everyone involved, but especially to Minnie Driver who gives us moms a voice. When we lose it on behalf of our kids we have a damn good reason! :-)
  • Apr 12, 2017
    As someone in the same age group as the kids in the show, and having a brother with special needs, I see this as a show I can relate it personally and still have a good laugh about it as well. At some points making me have to pause the video to enjoy the moment, or to tear up in knowledge that other families experience what we do and how it can be scary at times but also hilarious. It is relieving to see a family on TV that is not like the shows that I would watch when I was younger, but more like mine where we have those struggles and challenges.

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