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Speechless is an American sitcom television series that debuted on ABC on September 21, 2016. Created by Scott Silveri and co-executive produced with Christine Gernon, Jake Kasdan and Melvin Mar, the 20th Century Fox Television/ABC Studios co-production was greenlighted to series order on May 13, 2016.[1] A first-look trailer was released on the same day.[2][3] On September 29, 2016, the series was picked up for a full 22-episode season.[4] An additional season was ordered on December 13, 2016 for a 23-episode season.[5]

Speechless
ABC's Speechless title card.png
Genre Sitcom
Created by Scott Silveri
Starring
Composer(s) Jeff Cardoni
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 23 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network ABC
Original release September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) – present

On May 12, 2017, ABC renewed the series for a second season.[6]

Contents

PlotEdit

The series follows the DiMeo family, each with a unique personality: Maya, a take-charge British mother with a no-holds-barred attitude; her husband Jimmy, who doesn't seem to care what others think; Dylan, their no-nonsense athletic daughter; Ray, their scholarly middle child who acts as the "brains" in the family; and their oldest son, JJ—a high schooler with cerebral palsy who has a biting wit and sense of humor. Unable to speak himself, JJ communicates by using headgear with a laser pointer to indicate various words, letters, and numbers on a board attached to his wheelchair, while others read aloud what he "writes". The DiMeos move frequently in an attempt to find a good educational environment for JJ. They believe they have found an optimal choice when they discover a school that prides itself on being inclusive and where JJ will have an aide to speak for him. Because the school is in an upscale part of town, Jimmy and Maya move the family into the cheapest, most rundown house in an otherwise nice neighborhood. Though they quickly find that not everything is as good as it could be, JJ enjoys having Kenneth, a well-meaning school groundskeeper with a likably deep and resonant speaking voice, work as his aide.

CastEdit

MainEdit

RecurringEdit

Special guestsEdit

EpisodesEdit

ReceptionEdit

Speechless received largely positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has a rating of 98%, based on 41 reviews, with an average rating of 8.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Speechless speaks to a sensitive topic with a heartfelt lead performance and a fine balance of sensitivity and irreverence."[7] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 79 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

The editors of TV Guide placed Speechless seventh among the top ten picks for the most anticipated new shows of the 2016-17 season. In its review from writer Liam Matthews, "ABC has another worthwhile addition to its strong lineup of modern families with Speechless," adding "It's a clear-eyed and empathetic exploration of life in a special needs family that makes plenty of room for hilarity."[9]

RatingsEdit

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
Total
(18–49)
1 "P-i-Pilot" September 21, 2016 2.0/8 7.38[10] 0.9 2.9[11]
2 "N-e-New A-i-Aide" September 28, 2016 1.8/6 6.43[12] 0.8 2.6[13]
3 "B-o-n-Bonfire" October 5, 2016 1.8/6 6.03[14] 0.8 2.6[15]
4 "I-n-s-Inspirations" October 12, 2016 1.8/7 6.03[16] N/A N/A
5 "H-a-l-Halloween" October 26, 2016 1.7/5 5.85[17] 0.7 2.4[18]
6 "D-a-t-e-Date?" November 9, 2016 1.7/6 5.64[19] TBD TBD
7 "T-h-a-Thanksgiving" November 16, 2016 1.7/6 5.72[20] TBD TBD
8 "R-a-y-c-Ray-Cation" November 30, 2016 1.5/5 4.98[21] 0.6 2.1[22]
9 "S-l-Sled H-o-Hockey" December 7, 2016 1.3/5 4.59[23] TBD TBD
10 "C-h-o-Choir" December 14, 2016 1.6/5 5.46[24] 0.6 2.2[25]
11 "R-o-Road T-r-Trip" January 4, 2017 1.7/6 5.75[26] TBD TBD
12 "H-e-r-Hero" January 11, 2017 1.8/6 5.93[27] TBD TBD
13 "S-i-Sick D-a-Day" January 18, 2017 1.6/6 5.39[28] TBD TBD
14 "V-a-l-Valentine's D-a-Day" February 8, 2017 1.6/6 5.54[29] TBD TBD
15 "T-h-The C-l-Club" February 15, 2017 1.6/6 5.64[30] TBD TBD
16 "O-s-Oscar P-a-Party" February 22, 2017 1.6/5 5.34[31] TBD TBD
17 "S-u-r-Surprise" March 8, 2017 1.5/5 4.99[32] TBD TBD
18 "D-i-Ding" March 15, 2017 1.3/5 4.63[33] TBD TBD
19 "C-h-Cheater!" April 5, 2017 1.4/5 4.75[34] TBD TBD
20 "R-u-n-Runaway" April 26, 2017 1.2/5 4.45[35] TBD TBD
21 "P-r-Prom" May 3, 2017 1.2/5 4.41[36] TBD TBD
22 "M-a-May-Jay" May 10, 2017 1.1/4 4.28[37] TBD TBD
23 "C-a-Camp" May 17, 2017 1.2/5 4.52[38] TBD TBD

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 13, 2016). "ABC Picks Up Comedy Pilot ‘Speechless’ To Series, Renews ‘Last Man Standing’". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ Trailer for "Speechless" from YouTube
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  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 29, 2016). "‘Designated Survivor’ & ‘Speechless’ Get Full-Season Orders By ABC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 29, 2016. 
  5. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (December 13, 2016). "6 ABC Comedies Score Additional Episode Orders". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 12, 2017). "‘Fresh Off the Boat’ & ‘Speechless’ Renewed By ABC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Speechless (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 20, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Speechless reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved February 8, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Our 10 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of Fall 2016" from TV Guide (September 16, 2016)
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  22. ^ Porter, Rick (December 21, 2016). "6 shows double in week 11 broadcast Live +7 ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
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