7.4
478 votes
Speechless

Speechless

ABC 2016

Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

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The 10 Best Episodes of Speechless

Speechless - S3E22

#1 - U-N-R– UNREALISTIC

8.24

Season 3 - Episode 22

Maya braces for JJ’s high school graduation and departure for college, but tough news from NYU changes everything. Dylan teaches Jimmy a “Dad lesson” as he gets ready for a big job interview. Kenneth pressures JJ to prepare for a grand finale to their time together, and Ray uses his class trip to Catalina to examine his bad luck in love.

The episode was rated from 157 votes.

Speechless - S1E23

#2 - C-A-- CAMP

7.98

Season 1 - Episode 23

As the family readies for their flight to JJ's camp, Maya gets a surprise at the airport. Ray sees the summer as an opportunity to reinvent himself, while Jimmy and Dylan turn the trip to camp into a father/daughter bonding moment.

The episode was rated from 441 votes.

Speechless - S1E18

#3 - D-I - DING

7.92

Season 1 - Episode 18

After leaving a note behind Maya’s back, Ray takes sides against the family when Maya dings a nearby car. Following through on a promise, Jimmy and Dylan share a moment, as father and daughter are on a search in the back room at the local supermarket while JJ teaches a rude customer a lesson, and a moonlighting Kenneth hides his side job from the DiMeos.

The episode was rated from 535 votes.

Speechless - S3E21

#4 - THE S-T-A– STAIRCASE

7.91

Season 3 - Episode 21

When JJ’s attempts to make a good impression on Izzy’s parents fail, he changes course to make a bad one instead. Maya is jealous when Melanie is the recipient of a public display of mom-love. Meanwhile, Kenneth leans on Jimmy for support after a tour of his alma mater reveals a few surprises.

The episode was rated from 156 votes.

Speechless - S1E21

#5 - P-R-PROM

7.91

Season 1 - Episode 21

It's prom night, and all three DiMeo kids are going, which leaves Maya and Jimmy with a rare night to themselves. Kenneth is shocked to learn that they like to spend their nights without the kids to bring up past arguments they have bottled up or ignored in the past. Later at school, Ray thinks he is finally about to have his first make-out session with a girl, but learns differently when she uses the "R" word. Meanwhile, a wary JJ bonds with someone who is sick of being the center of attention at school functions.

The episode was rated from 477 votes.

Speechless - S2E10
#6 - S-I--SILENT N-I-- NIGHT
7.88
Season 2 - Episode 10

After leveraging JJ in an attempt to land a family dog, Dylan takes a vow of silence to better understand what it is to be her brother. Ray brokers a meeting between his girlfriend’s mother, Melanie (guest star Sarah Chalke), and Maya, only to realize they have a history. Jimmy drives Kenneth crazy by gaming a supermarket giveaway to score free Christmas turkeys.

The episode was rated from 278 votes.
Speechless - S1E20
#7 - R-U-N-- RUNAWAY
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 20

When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

The episode was rated from 491 votes.
Speechless - S1E22
#8 - M-A-- MAY-JAY
7.87
Season 1 - Episode 22

With the school year over, Maya is excited to spend the summer with JJ, but he and Kenneth have other plans. Meanwhile, Jimmy gets special treatment at the most unlikely of places, while Dylan's identity in the family is threatened.

The episode was rated from 454 votes.
Speechless - S1E13
#9 - S-I--SICK D-A--DAY
7.85
Season 1 - Episode 13

Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

The episode was rated from 503 votes.
Speechless - S1E12
#10 - H-E-R-- HERO
7.84
Season 1 - Episode 12

In order to get on the good side of their insurance agent to get everything JJ needs, the DiMeos have Dylan make a tough sacrifice at her track meet. Meanwhile, Ray wants to use his brother for inspiration while writing for an essay contest at school, but JJ rejects his plan. But when another student lies using the same plan, Ray and JJ team together to outdo the other student.

The episode was rated from 513 votes.

Last updated: oct 09, 2020

Comments

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I had to watch a few episodes to get there, but I love the show now. JJ is brilliant and I love the fact that he can laugh at life the way he does. Some silly bits, some touching - but it does hit the spot once you get to know the characters.

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This really could have been good, the general concept is OK -- but the show is about as bad as a sitcom gets. They tried to cram unique subject matter into a formulaic network TV format and layer it with generic acting, writing and overall production quality. Nothing heartwarming or humorous about it. Should have been called "Early Series Cancellation" -- will be surprised if this lasts a full season. At best, some of the episodes will air on ABC, then it'll get moved over to the Hulu graveyard -- but even that would be a stretch. A missed opportunity to present something with a perspective unfamiliar to the average viewer.

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This is a SitCom. I don't usually like SitComs. They usually present life in charicatures locked in hyperbole which doesn't appeal to my love of storytelling, art with purpose and my appreciation for wit that isn't reduced to gags. But every once in a while there are exceptions. I think this is one of those exceptions. I was drawn to check out this series after listening to an ACTOR ON ACTOR interview of Minnie Drive (I've been a fan of her work since CIRCLE OF FRIENDS). Last week I binge watched it from pilot to the present (1.1 to 2.4) - and I like it. The acting is good (Minnie Drive is fantastic, as I expected, John Ross Bowie is surprisingly good when freed from the aforementioned roles that are charicatures, the young cast is talented, and Cedric Yarborough completes a perfect ensemble). The stories, unfortunately, are still married to the network concept of being calendar driven, but the true magic is twofold: 1) surgical social commentary and 2) presenting human stories that show all our peculiarities as humans just trying to cope with life. I give this series an 8 (great) out of 10, and will be keeping up with it in weekly instalments. [Situation Comedy]. This is a postscript. Season 3 devolved into silly becoming all that I stated was my issue with SitComs. At the end of Season 3, I have to reduce my rating to a 6 (fair).

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