Does ABC’s Speechless Find Its Comedic Voice?

Yarbrough, Cook, Fowler, Ross, Driver, Kenedy & Hinkle in Speechless

Cedric Yarbrough, Mason Cook, Micah Fowler, John Bowie Ross, Minnie Driver, Kyla Kenedy & Marin Hinkle in ABC’s Speechless – (Cr. ABC)

On this episode we preview ABC’s new comedy Speechless. It stars Minnie Driver (About a Boy), John Ross Bowie (The Big Bang Theory), Micah Fowler (Labor Day movie), Mason Cook (Legends), Kyla Kenedy (The Night Shift), Cedric Yarbrough (Reno 911!), Jonathan Slavin (Better Off Ted) and Marin Hinkle (Two and a Half Men).

Speechless is a family sitcom that in the premiere follows a mom on a mission. She will do anything for her husband, her daughter and two sons, especially the eldest with son with cerebral palsy. She goes full throttle against both real and imagined injustices, as the family tries to make yet another new home for themselves and she continues her search to find the right person to give her son a voice.

Of the seven new comedies coming to the broadcast networks in Fall 2016, this is my favorite. It’s the one that actually made me laugh multiple times and didn’t feel like a mediocre retread from the late 90s/early 2000s, like so many of the others coming our way. I also like that while it revolves around a differently-abled child, he is not the butt of the joke. The comedy comes more from poking fun at the people around him that don’t understand or would make fun of him. Actually, a lot of the comedy comes from his character through whoever is voicing what he wants to say. Much like CBS’ Mom, it takes a serious subject and mines comedy out of the situation around it, without making fun of it. Unlike ABC’s other new comedy American Housewife, which felt more mean spirited in its comedy. Speechless has a great cast. I’ve always liked Minnie Driver and continue to here. Really like seeing John Ross Bowie getting to do something more than his one joke Kripke character on CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. The kids are all very good and you can’t really go wrong filling out your cast with the likes of Hinkle, Slavin and Yarbrough. This one will definitely be getting a DVR season pass.

Watch the Trailer for Speechless

Will you be checking out ABC’s Speechless when it premieres Wednesday, September 21st on ABC following The Goldbergs and before Modern Family. Or, will you watch it online right now before it premieres?

Listen and then let me know what you think in the comments or via Twitter @theTVaholic.

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