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
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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
Chiquita Fuller
as Attendant
Rob Corddry
as Billy DiMeo
Lance Lim
as Justin Chang
Julianne Hough
as Miss Bloom
Bianca Lopez
as Attendant
Del Hunter-White
as Lunch Lady
Karly Rothenberg
as Crossing Guard
Tim Braun
as Cabana Boy
Jaden Martin
as Harley Ressler
Kiva Jump
as Drop-off Parent
Joseph Schirle
as Ben Ferguson
Victor Chi
as Festival Goer
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
Herbert Russell
as Custodian
Forte Rodriguez
as Security Guard
Cate Cohen
as Flight Attendant
Cassie Brennan
as Chloe Davis
Brian Park
as Party Animal
Reece Rios
as Darren
Nicole J. Butler
as Head Nurse
Becki Dennis
as Office Worker
Jake Regal
as Patron #2
Treisa Gary
as Teacher
Eric Normington
as Deli Worker
Asia Jackson
as Heather
Dina Spybey
as Jennifer
Matthew Bridges
as Customer #1
Kate Bergeron
as English Teacher
Sean O'Donnell
as Prom King
Beth Crosby
as Flier #2
Cyrus Deboo
as Administrator
Nicole Dele
as Customer #2
Morgan Peter Brown
as Jerk Customer
Miles Hayden
as Trick-Or-Treater #1
Malia Pyles
as prom Queen
Taylor Gregory
as Trick-Or-Treater #2
Heidi Fecht
as Flier #3
Robert James Watkins
as First Responder
Atticus Batacan
as Person in Crowd
Travis Guba
as Mr. Sharp
Christopher Cho
as Security Guard
Paris Smith
as Student #1
Michelle N. Carter
as Nurse Loretta
Ashlyn Lundahl
as Trick-Or-Treater #3
Jill Basey
as Elderly Choir Teacher
Jake Elliott
as Stephen
Kerri Medders
as Head Cheerleader
Grace Su
as Receptionist
Tom Ellenson
as Nicholas
Julie Meyer
as Natalie
Frank Crim
as Trooper
John Ruby
as Kevin
Lauren Oliveira
as Receptionist
Fernando Rivera
as Orderly #2
Shay Ali
as Customer
Myles Brewer
as Football Player
Irene White
as Nathalie
Anna Jaller
as Pregnant Woman
Paul Walia
as Rashad
Coby Bird
as Oliver
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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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

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…

Speechless exemplifies simple human decency without emphasizing it. Its world exists as ours should: unembellished. And in that, its powerful message could become extraordinary.

Sep 22, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

Speechless deftly avoids clichés and sentimentality...

Sep 16, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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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