When a show tells you it’s going to be ‘heart-warming’, do you automatically think, ‘shlocky nonsense?’
Well, there’s a new TV show that is both genuinely heart-warming and smart. It’s called Speechless and you can watch it on Network Ten.
It’s about a special-needs family made up of a hilariously combative mother, an accepting and supportive father and two siblings vying for their parent’s attention next to their brother JJ who has cerebral palsy.
But it’s not sad, not even a little bit. It’s hilarious, and most of the humour centres around JJ.
Laura and Tiffany talk about Speechless on The Binge. Article continues after this podcast clip.
Cerebral palsy is a medical term that refers to a group of movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Symptoms include poor muscle tone, tremors and trouble speaking due to poor functionality in the part of the brain that controls movement.
The rest of the brain works perfectly well.
The show has an incredible cast including Minnie Driver as passionate mum Maya, John Ross Bowie as ridiculously supportive and comforting husband and father Jimmy and Micah Fowler, the 19-year-old actor who plays JJ.
Fowler actually has cerebral palsy, and this is why the show works so well, with much it based on his real-life experiences. But Fowler, like JJ in the show, is more than his cerebral palsy.