The BEST episodes of Speechless

Every episode of Speechless ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Speechless!

Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband, Jimmy, and kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with special needs. As Maya fights injustices both real and imagined, the family works to make a new home for themselves and searches for just the right person to give JJ his “voice.”

Last Updated: 12/15/2023Network: ABC (US)Status: Ended
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U-N-R– UNREALISTIC
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8.22
157 votes

#1 - U-N-R– UNREALISTIC

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/12/2019

Maya braces for JJ’s high school graduation and departure for college, but tough news from NYU changes everything. Dylan teaches Jimmy a “Dad lesson” as he gets ready for a big job interview. Kenneth pressures JJ to prepare for a grand finale to their time together, and Ray uses his class trip to Catalina to examine his bad luck in love.

Directors: Bill Purple
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R-U-N-- RUNAWAY
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8.02
453 votes

#2 - R-U-N-- RUNAWAY

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/26/2017

When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to have hard talks with the kids without Maya, and Dylan tries to get Kenneth to revive his glory days as a high school sports star.

Directors: Claire Scanlon
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P-R-PROM
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8.02
446 votes

#3 - P-R-PROM

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/3/2017

It's prom night, and all three DiMeo kids are going, which leaves Maya and Jimmy with a rare night to themselves. Kenneth is shocked to learn that they like to spend their nights without the kids to bring up past arguments they have bottled up or ignored in the past. Later at school, Ray thinks he is finally about to have his first make-out session with a girl, but learns differently when she uses the "R" word. Meanwhile, a wary JJ bonds with someone who is sick of being the center of attention at school functions.

Directors: Bill Purple
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M-A-- MAY-JAY
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7.99
434 votes

#4 - M-A-- MAY-JAY

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/10/2017

With the school year over, Maya is excited to spend the summer with JJ, but he and Kenneth have other plans. Meanwhile, Jimmy gets special treatment at the most unlikely of places, while Dylan's identity in the family is threatened.

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D-I - DING
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7.97
490 votes

#5 - D-I - DING

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/15/2017

After leaving a note behind Maya’s back, Ray takes sides against the family when Maya dings a nearby car. Following through on a promise, Jimmy and Dylan share a moment, as father and daughter are on a search in the back room at the local supermarket while JJ teaches a rude customer a lesson, and a moonlighting Kenneth hides his side job from the DiMeos.

Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writer: Matt Roller
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S-I--SICK D-A--DAY
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7.96
462 votes

#6 - S-I--SICK D-A--DAY

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/18/2017

Dylan becomes Kenneth’s replacement for JJ when Kenneth also gets sick. Jimmy ends up doing well with Maya’s normal duties, but he tries to keep it from her to avoid her feeling bad. Meanwhile, JJ protects Dylan from a boy she’s interested in. And despite its illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray’s school project.

Directors: Bill Purple
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C-A-- CAMP
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7.95
390 votes

#7 - C-A-- CAMP

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/17/2017

As the family readies for their flight to JJ's camp, Maya gets a surprise at the airport. Ray sees the summer as an opportunity to reinvent himself, while Jimmy and Dylan turn the trip to camp into a father/daughter bonding moment.

Directors: Christine Gernon
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H-E-R-- HERO
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7.94
483 votes

#8 - H-E-R-- HERO

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/11/2017

In order to get on the good side of their insurance agent to get everything JJ needs, the DiMeos have Dylan make a tough sacrifice at her track meet. Meanwhile, Ray wants to use his brother for inspiration while writing for an essay contest at school, but JJ rejects his plan. But when another student lies using the same plan, Ray and JJ team together to outdo the other student.

Directors: Victor Nelli Jr.
Writer: Carrie Rosen
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S-I--SILENT N-I-- NIGHT
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7.89
263 votes

#9 - S-I--SILENT N-I-- NIGHT

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/13/2017

After leveraging JJ in an attempt to land a family dog, Dylan takes a vow of silence to better understand what it is to be her brother. Ray brokers a meeting between his girlfriend’s mother, Melanie (guest star Sarah Chalke), and Maya, only to realize they have a history. Jimmy drives Kenneth crazy by gaming a supermarket giveaway to score free Christmas turkeys.

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R-O--ROAD T-R--TRIP
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7.89
500 votes

#10 - R-O--ROAD T-R--TRIP

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/4/2017

The family goes on an annual impromptu family road trip, but Ray has something in store, which angers Maya when she finds out what it is. But Maya’s relentlessness proves to be helpful when she takes control of an emergency situation involving Ray’s appendix.

Directors: Ben Lewin
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C-H-- CHEATER!
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7.88
463 votes

#11 - C-H-- CHEATER!

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/5/2017

Maya and Kenneth team up to hold JJ accountable after he cheats on an exam at school. Meanwhile, Jimmy bails Ray out of a get-rich-quick scheme, but also learns the reason behind his need for some fast cash.

Directors: Michael Weaver
Writer: Ron McCants
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THE S-T-A– STAIRCASE
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7.87
156 votes

#12 - THE S-T-A– STAIRCASE

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/5/2019

When JJ’s attempts to make a good impression on Izzy’s parents fail, he changes course to make a bad one instead. Maya is jealous when Melanie is the recipient of a public display of mom-love. Meanwhile, Kenneth leans on Jimmy for support after a tour of his alma mater reveals a few surprises.

Directors: Danny Chun
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H-A-L-- HALLOWEEN
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7.84
605 votes

#13 - H-A-L-- HALLOWEEN

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/26/2016

Jimmy is upset the kids no longer want to participate in the family tradition of dressing up for Halloween. Maya tries to cheer up Jimmy by allowing him to do things he loves by taking things off the family "Dead to Me" list. Meanwhile, Ray recruits Dylan to help work the school's haunted mansion while Kenneth is scared of losing his job when JJ gets drunk at a party.

Directors: Robert Cohen
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N-O– NOMINEE
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7.84
212 votes

#14 - N-O– NOMINEE

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/21/2018

JJ travels to a film festival where he’s been nominated for an award but is upset when he learns the real reason he’s being honored. Jimmy stays home and struggles to protect Dylan from the truth about an impending eviction. And Ray takes an unlikely and painful route to basketball stardom in hopes of winning back Taylor,

Directors: Christine Gernon
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D-A-T-E-- DATE?
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7.83
582 votes

#15 - D-A-T-E-- DATE?

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/2016

JJ develops on a new girl at school who must adapt to life in a wheelchair after injuring herself in gymnastics.

Directors: Phil Traill
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R-A-Y-C-- RAY-CATION
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7.83
538 votes

#16 - R-A-Y-C-- RAY-CATION

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/30/2016

Maya enlists the family to assist JJ in romancing a girl at school, but it backfires when JJ expresses his feelings to Claire, and they are not reciprocated. Meanwhile, as the DiMeos are always late, Ray has the family practice to get to school in time for his upcoming weekend field trip.

Directors: Bill Purple
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B-O-N–BONFIRE
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7.83
672 votes

#17 - B-O-N–BONFIRE

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/5/2016

While JJ finds success at school with a group of friends, Maya forces the cancellation of the homecoming bonfire, concerned that the beach location is not wheelchair accessible. Soon, the students speak out against JJ. But when Maya realizes she was wrong, the two stage a fake prank to encourage his classmates to have a change of heart. Meanwhile, Jimmy helps Ray settle into the new home.

Directors: Bill Purple
Writer: Danny Chun
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T-H-A-- THANKSGIVING
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7.82
540 votes

#18 - T-H-A-- THANKSGIVING

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/16/2016

The DiMeos are forced to celebrate Thanksgiving with Jimmy's brother and family.

Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writer: Eric Lapidus
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J-J'S D-R–DREAM
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7.82
360 votes

#19 - J-J'S D-R–DREAM

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/11/2017

Ray gets in over his head when he makes up a fake charity to impress his girlfriend; Maya gives Jimmy tips on being the boss; and Dylan demands Kenneth get out of her space.

Directors: Christine Gernon
Writer: Seth Kurland
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V-A-L-- VALENTINE'S D-A-- DAY
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7.79
454 votes

#20 - V-A-L-- VALENTINE'S D-A-- DAY

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/8/2017

Maya gets help with Jimmy's Valentine's Day gift; Ray is excited about the prospect of having a secret admirer; J.J. distributes candy-grams.

Directors: Stuart McDonald
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O-S--OSCAR P-A--PARTY
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7.79
451 votes

#21 - O-S--OSCAR P-A--PARTY

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/22/2017

Maya feels threatened by the perceived perfection of one of the mom's at her annual Oscar party; Ray pretends to be someone he's not to impress a girl.

Directors: Christine Gernon
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N-E-NEW A-I-AIDE
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7.77
760 votes

#22 - N-E-NEW A-I-AIDE

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/28/2016

Maya struggles as Kenneth takes over as JJ’s full-time aide. Loving his new freedom, JJ avoids attending a physical therapy appointment, and Maya automatically blames Kenneth, using any excuse to confirm her misgivings and moves to fire him. Meanwhile, Jimmy struggles to teach Dylan the family way to not be so neighborly.

Directors: Christine Gernon
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S-L-- SLED H-O-- HOCKEY
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7.76
513 votes

#23 - S-L-- SLED H-O-- HOCKEY

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/7/2016

JJ instantly wants to join a sled hockey team made up entirely of people with disabilities, but Jimmy is not thrilled and thinks it’s dangerous. Meanwhile, Maya takes a CPR class with Kenneth, and she sees how popular he is and realizes that she needs to be nicer in order to keep him as JJ’s aide.

Directors: Ken Whittingham
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C-H-O-CHOIR
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7.75
470 votes

#24 - C-H-O-CHOIR

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/14/2016

Maya surprises everyone by embracing a newfound holiday spirit, but her view is put to the test when the family van is stolen along with all their holiday gifts. Ray joins the choir and gets a coveted solo. But when an attractive new teacher is hired, JJ decides to join his brother and takes Ray's solo.

Directors: Christine Gernon
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ON THE R-O-- ROAD A-G-- AGAIN
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7.75
170 votes

#25 - ON THE R-O-- ROAD A-G-- AGAIN

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired 3/29/2019

The DiMeos set out for one last “JJ Adventure” before he heads to college, but things get bumpy when the family takes an ill-advised shortcut. Maya and Kenneth’s relationship is tested when they disagree over who knows JJ’s needs best. Meanwhile, Jimmy, JJ and Dylan find fun they shouldn’t be having, and Ray tests his wilderness mettle.

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