Now that four episodes of the ABC comedy “Speechless” have aired, viewers can begin to form their opinions about the show. Here is what I think of “Speechless.”
I really like the show so far. While it focuses on a kid with cerebral palsy (J.J.) and his family, the show is not overly sentimental. It uses wit and sarcasm, and does a good job of not putting too much emphasis on J.J.’s disability. It acknowledges his disability and the challenges associated with it, but portrays J.J. as a typical high school student.
Burnsville native Cedric Yarbrough, who plays J.J.’s aide, is probably the funniest character. I especially appreciate how his character treats J.J. with respect and as a normal kid instead of feeling sorry for J.J. because of his disability.
I would maybe like to see a little less of Maya DiMeo, who is J.J.’s mom, and a little more of J.J. The show focuses a little too much on her when it’s really more about him and his experiences.
Despite this small criticism, I love “Speechless” so far. The show respects J.J. and his disability while not putting too much emphasis on it. I would give the first four episodes 4.5 out of 5 stars. I’m definitely looking forward to future episodes!
What is your opinion of the show?
***There will be no episode of “Speechless” this Wednesday, October 19, because of the presidential debate. “Speechless” will return to ABC on Wednesday, October 26, at 7:30 p.m. Central for a Halloween-themed episode!***
Written by Sam Graves