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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2016
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Maya DiMeo (Minnie Driver) takes charge of her family that includes her husband Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) and their three sons: Ray (Mason Cook), Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) and JJ (Micah Fowler), who has special needs.
  • Genre(s): Comedy

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Sep 19, 2016
    100
    The show is a perfect balance of comedy and heart, and the performances are superior on every level. Micah Fowler, though: wow.
  2. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Sep 21, 2016
    91
    This is the best network comedy of the season (yes, that's a caveat), with its deceptively easy balance of heart and snark.
  3. Reviewed by: Jon Negroni
    Sep 21, 2016
    90
    This is one of those rare pilots that lends about the same comedic weight to every main character (and a good deal of the supporting cast, as well).
  4. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 20, 2016
    80
    It's a promising pilot that gets the balance right on humor and heart, and that's enough reason to give it a chance going forward.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Sep 21, 2016
    80
    You won't feel like you're doing public service when you watch this show. It's very funny. Very entertaining. And it has a big heart.
  6. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Sep 21, 2016
    75
    The premise may sound more sad than funny, but fortunately, it's not. That's due in large part to Fowler, who like his character has cerebral palsy and is anything but pitiful. Both are smart and funny and determined to be their own person, no matter the obstacles.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 19, 2016
    50
    Speechless has its funny moments, but they are interspersed with So. Much. Yelling.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Nov 10, 2016
    10
    This is a show that may have to grow on some people but i love the demios myself jj is the man and the over angry teenage daughter isThis is a show that may have to grow on some people but i love the demios myself jj is the man and the over angry teenage daughter is hilarious mrs driver gets on my nerves with her mama bear attitude but aside from that issue the shows absolutly hilarious and the family is sweet and charming i recomend this to anyone whether u have a disability or know someone who does or u just love family conedys this show is for u give it a try u will be so happy u did Expand
  2. Oct 6, 2016
    10
    This is laugh out loud funny. It's quirky, but the family is lovable. Minnie Driver is her wonderful self in this show. It's this year'sThis is laugh out loud funny. It's quirky, but the family is lovable. Minnie Driver is her wonderful self in this show. It's this year's Goldberg's or Fresh off the Boat for sure. Expand
  3. Jan 18, 2017
    9
    It's amusing and filled with delightful comedy. Minnie Driver is extraordinary as the Dimeo's matriarch but the real scene stealer is youngIt's amusing and filled with delightful comedy. Minnie Driver is extraordinary as the Dimeo's matriarch but the real scene stealer is young boy Micah Fowler. Expand
  4. Feb 11, 2017
    8
    After a poor pilot (where Driver's character was very annoying, the story was weird and the supporting characters were bland), the DiMeosAfter a poor pilot (where Driver's character was very annoying, the story was weird and the supporting characters were bland), the DiMeos quickly became one of the best families in the TV universe. Speechless stays in "ABC family comedy block" (Modern Family, Goldbergs, Fresh Off The Boat ...) limits, so it sometimes touches the important topics troubling the society (just enough to makes us think). But most of the time it stays in comfortable quirky family stories format. That's a perfect combination Expand
  5. Oct 3, 2016
    4
    Love the lead actor (Micah Fowler)... but Minnie Driver's character is just too "over the top" and overly-emoted. The show unfortunately isLove the lead actor (Micah Fowler)... but Minnie Driver's character is just too "over the top" and overly-emoted. The show unfortunately is quite dull, and rarely actually funny. While we do need more shows with handicapped actors, this one could have had potential but lacks luster of any kind with a boring story line. Expand
  6. Oct 3, 2016
    3
    This is a great premise poorly executed. Trying way to hard to be funny with Minnie Driver absurdly and unbelievably over the top. By the endThis is a great premise poorly executed. Trying way to hard to be funny with Minnie Driver absurdly and unbelievably over the top. By the end of the second episode it just becomes wearing. I'll give it one more show but not optimistic. Too bad. Expand
  7. Dec 22, 2016
    1
    As a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy. I find "Speechless" to be an insult to the entire disability community. While humor can serve as aAs a wheelchair with Cerebral Palsy. I find "Speechless" to be an insult to the entire disability community. While humor can serve as a vehicle for education and enlightenment, this show is a complete disaster. The adults are unstable and the dialogue doesn't even try to even remotely emulate the real-life struggles of disabled children and their parents--while comedy is fine, real life isn't a joke. The parents come off as scammers and the male caregiver for J.J. (the disabled student) comes off in multiple episodes as an inappropriate sex-crazed pervert in his interactions with the other characters on the show (especially the teenagers) in a disjointed and failed attempt at humor. Finally, I was disappointed to learn that apparently Micah Fowler, the actor that plays J.J., can actually speak with difficulty--the non-speaking nature of the main character reinforces the stereotype that all disabled can't speak and therefore are stupid. This show does ZERO to improve public perception of disability and only reinforces current negative perceptions. Expand

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