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I hate most sitcoms. Generally, they suck and aren't at all funny. It's boring, ordinary people doing boring, ordinary things or getting into ridiculous and often unrealistic hi-jinks that are supposed to be funny and are just cringe-inducing at best.

And then there's "Speechless," a sitcom about a boy (J. J.) in a wheelchair, played by an actually disabled actor. This series makes the able bodied people the joke, but also lets all the characters grow and change and learn and better themselves. And yes, there are situational elements to the comedy, situations they get into that are either the result of, and/or solved by, the unique challenges and traits of J. J. and his family. It's hilarious, it's heartwarming, and it's educational about the ways able bodied people are unintentionally discriminatory about the disabled. I highly recommend it!

I also like "American Housewife." I can't articulate why, aside from it being unique and the fact that the premise itself is kind of funny (lower middle class family living in a wealthy town, and how they interact with their neighbors, coworkers, and other peers there). Oh, and I like the character Anna-Cat Otto, a very intelligent little girl with OCD. Which... come to that, one more thing: the other members of the Otto family are all weirdos in their own ways. Oh, and the show manages to be genuinely funny without resorting to casual domestic abuse and other bad stuff; that is, the Otto family love each other, and even when they argue they eventually come to an understanding. Then, when it really comes down to it, they stick together against all enemies.

Yeah, so "Speechless" and "American Housewife" are the only two sitcoms I watch anymore. The only sitcoms worth watching for at least 15 years, in my opinion.

Yay diversity!

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