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TV Review: Speechless is a delightful addition to ABC’s stable of family sitcoms

At a distance, ABC’s family sitcoms can smack of pure laziness given the network’s slavish adherence to an in-house formula. Speechless has all the signifiers of a paint-by-numbers ABC half hour: an overbearing parent; a less overbearing, “cool” parent; precocious-to-a-fault siblings; and a focus on underrepresented groups. In the case of Speechless, the new seasoning on the old formula is adding the perspective of a family that includes a physically disabled child, the type of family almost never depicted on television.
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