Friday, September 23, 2016
My Review of "Speechless"
The brand new ABC sitcom Speechless is the show wheelchair users and their families have been waiting for! In Wednesday's premiere, the DiMeo family adjusts to living in the worst neighborhood of Newport Beach, California. Played by Minnie Driver, Maya gets carried away with making sure her son J.J. (played by Micah Fowler, who has cerebral palsy) has a positive experience at his new high school. Maya's husband Jimmy (John Ross Bowie) tries to be the voice of reason while their other son Ray (Mason Cook) and daughter Dylan (Kyla Kenedy) feel overshadowed by J.J. While there were a couple of unrealistic and surprising situations in the first episode, Speechless excellently portrays the life of a person with a physical disability and his or her loved ones while keeping the interest of non-disabled viewers through humor. Therefore, this show deserves a thumbs-up. It is the hope of this blogger that Speechless will stay on the air for years to come. If you missed the premiere of Speechless (or want to see it again), you can watch it at http://abc.go.com/shows/speechless/episode-guide/season-01/1-series-premiere-p-i-pilot.