The BEST Episodes of Speechless

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 15, 2021

Network: ABC (US)

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.”

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Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.24
157 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Matt Roller, Scott Silveri

#2 - P-R-PROM

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 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.

star 8.02
504 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Elizabeth Beckwith, Eric Lapidus

#3 - M-A-- MAY-JAY

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 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.

star 7.99
481 votes
Directors: Geeta V. Patel
Writers: Brian Keefer, Miriam Datskovsky

#4 - R-U-N-- RUNAWAY

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.98
518 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Mark J. Kunerth

#5 - C-A-- CAMP

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 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.

star 7.98
441 votes
Writers: Danny Chun, Matt Roller

#6 - D-I - DING

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 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.

star 7.97
562 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Matt Roller

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

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.96
530 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Elizabeth Beckwith, Seth Curland

#8 - H-E-R-- HERO

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.94
540 votes
Writers: Carrie Rosen


Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.88
278 votes
Writers: Christine Gernon

#10 - C-H-- CHEATER!

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.87
528 votes
Directors: Michael Weaver
Writers: Ron McCants


Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 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.

star 7.87
157 votes
Directors: Danny Chun
Writers: Greg Gallant, Zach Anner

#12 - R-O--ROAD T-R--TRIP

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.87
577 votes
Directors: Ben Lewin
Writers: Dan Holden, Miriam Datskovsky


Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.85
787 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Danny Chun


Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.85
706 votes
Directors: Robert Cohen
Writers: Niki Schwartz-Wright

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

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 9, 2016

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

star 7.83
682 votes
Directors: Phil Traill
Writers: Danny Chun, Mark J. Kunerth


Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.83
523 votes
Writers: Danny Chun, Scott Silveri

#17 - N-O– NOMINEE

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 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,

star 7.82
220 votes
Writers: Danny Chun, Matt Roller, Scott Silveri

#18 - J-J'S D-R–DREAM

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.82
390 votes
Writers: Seth Kurland

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

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 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.

star 7.82
619 votes
Directors: Bill Purple
Writers: Carrie Rosen, Seth Kurland

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

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 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.

star 7.81
896 votes
Writers: Scott Silveri


Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 16, 2016

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

star 7.79
638 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Eric Lapidus


Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.79
520 votes
Directors: Stuart McDonald
Writers: Niki Schwartz-Wright, Shana Goldberg-Meehan

#23 - C-H-O-CHOIR

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.77
550 votes
Writers: Jeremy Bronson, Niki Schwartz-Wright

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

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.77
597 votes
Directors: Ken Whittingham
Writers: Elizabeth Beckwith, Ron McCants


Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 1, 2019

The DiMeos come together to help JJ shoot a last-minute film for his college application, working against the clock and Maya’s own best interests. Jimmy makes an embarrassing gaffe with JJ’s beloved, and Kenneth and Ray scramble to suppress embarrassing secrets.

star 7.77
161 votes
Writers: Matt Roller, Scott Silveri