‘Speechless’ is an American sitcom television series that airs on ABC. The series first premiered on September 21, 2016. The series has been created by Scott Silveri who is best known for being a writer and executive producer on ‘Friends‘. Silveri has co-executive produced ‘Speechless’ along with Jake Kasdan, whose works include ‘Bad Teacher‘ and ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle‘.
It is a series which throws light on the challenges of life while giving it a humorous touch about a family with a teenager who is challenged with cerebral palsy. It already has made its way to the most sought-after TV shows list. Naturally, the way the content of the show was handed drew fans, and soon the series began to develop a growing fan base. Critics too lauded the series, noting the way it broached sensitive topics with heartfelt lead performances that walked a fine line between sensitivity and irreverence. One of the critics summarized it well: “ABC has another worthwhile addition to its strong lineup of modern families with ‘Speechless’. It’s a clear-eyed and empathetic exploration of life in a special-needs family that makes plenty of room for hilarity.”
Speechless Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Speechless’ includes the members of the DiMeo family. They are Maya DiMeo, the determined mother, who is played by Minnie Driver. The happy go lucky, fun loving and gullible father, Jimmy DiMeo Sr., who is an airport employee is played by John Ross Bowie. Always nagged by Dylan, the nerdy and lean Raymond “Ray” DiMeo is played by Mason Cook. Micah Fowler stars as Jimmy “JJ” DiMeo, the teenager with cerebral palsy. He cannot speak, which is why the show is titled ‘Speechless’ and uses a wheelchair. The famous Emma Watson gags are around the fact that he has a big crush on her. The bratty Dylan DiMeo, the prankster of the family is played by Kyla Kennedy.
The voice of J.J is Kenneth Clements, who is a talented singer, and the role is played by Cedric Yarbrough. There are several recurring and guest stars alongside the main cast members, and they make the experience all the more memorable as the show progresses.
If there is an upcoming season, we are likely to see the main cast members who play the members of the DiMeo family return, and they may be joined by new characters, who are bound to make the series all the more exciting.