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Maya DiMeo is a mom on a mission who will do anything for her husband Jimmy, her kids Ray, Dylan, and JJ, her eldest son with cerebral palsy. 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".
Maya DiMeo moves her family to a new, upscale school district when she finds the perfect situation for her eldest son, JJ, who has cerebral palsy. While JJ and daughter Dylan are thrilled with the move, middle son Ray is frustrated by the family's tendencies to constantly move, since he feels his needs are second to JJ. Soon, Maya realizes it's not the right situation for JJ and attempts to uproot the family again. But JJ connects with Kenneth, the school's groundskeeper, and asks him to step in as a his caregiver, and Ray manages to convince Maya to give the school another chance.
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.
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.
Exploring the city on their own, JJ and Kenneth realize strangers look at them as inspirational. The two push their luck, receiving free food and baseball game admissions. Kenneth lets this go to his head, goes overboard, and things fall apart. Meanwhile, as the family can't do anything without having to worry about wheelchair accessibility, Dylan and Ray convince Maya to take them paintballing. But can Maya let herself have fun without JJ?
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.
JJ meets a new girl at school, an injured gymnast, who must learn to adapt to school life in a wheelchair. JJ shows her the ropes and soon forms a crush. Elsewhere, Ray saves face by claiming a picture of his own nipple on his phone to be a "sext" from his "girlfriend." The plan makes him a hero among the boys at school, but backfires after Maya learns the whole story. Meanwhile, Jimmy teaches Dylan how to properly deal with stress.
The DiMeo plan to avoid another horrible Thanksgiving with Jimmy's brother's family backfires when they invite themselves over to celebrate. While Kenneth and Ray destroy the turkey, the rest of the family creates a game, checking off the various instances of annoyance their relatives are known for. When Jimmy and his brother Billy decide to take their competition to the streets, the family discovers that Billy's family is not as perfect as it seems.
Maya gets the family to help J.J. romance a girl at school; as they're always running late, the DiMeo family practices getting to school on time for Ray's upcoming weekend field trip.
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.
Maya struggles to maintain her newfound holiday spirit when the van -- containing all of the family's Christmas gifts -- is stolen; Ray joins the choir to beef up his college resume.
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. Meanwhile, Jimmy attempts to continue his tradition of spending no money on vacation while Dylan becomes anxious after visiting a fortune teller. Back at home, Kenneth has trouble fitting in at school while JJ is away.
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.
When Maya gets sick, Jimmy is forced to be the mom of the house, and 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 their illness, the family bands together and pulls an all-nighter to finish Ray's school project.
Maya attempts to give Jimmy a Valentine's Day gift, with the help of his old roommate and her ex-fiance while Ray is elated to find out he has a secret admirer, but will he learn the truth of who it is? Meanwhile, JJ is in charge of distributing candy-grams, which proves challenging for both him and Kenneth.
JJ gets into an argument with Kenneth over their time together, while Dylan decides she must "parent-trap" them both so they can get back together. Meanwhile, the family gets a chance to be members of a country club for a week. Ray sees it as a chance to live the high life while Maya jumps at the chance to spend mother-and-son time.
When the DiMeos throw their annual Oscar party with other special-needs families, Maya feels threatened by new mom Becca, who seems a little too perfect. Meanwhile, Jimmy encourages the fathers at the party to let loose, while Ray tries to impress a girl by pretending to be someone he is not.
Dylan asks Maya not to have their annual birthday party for her, but Maya holds an amazing surprise party anyway and soon learns the real reason why Dylan didn't want to have a party. Elsewhere, Ray is put in charge of watching JJ but panics when his brother has a day of independence at the mall to buy Dylan a birthday present, while Jimmy and Kenneth struggle to find something they have in common.
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.
Maya and Kenneth work together to hold JJ accountable for his academic future when he cheats on an exam at school. Meanwhile, Ray gets into a get-rich scheme, but when Jimmy bails him out and teaches him an important lesson, Ray's motivation to make fast money is revealed.
When Maya learns JJ attempted to run away, she is determined to help him complete the task as any able-bodied person could, but her actions exasperate JJ, as he longs for independence. 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.
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.
Maya looks forward to spending summer with JJ, but he and Kenneth have other plans; Jimmy gets special treatment in an unlikely place; Dylan's identity within the family is threatened.
Maya gets a surprise at the airport as the family prepares for their flight to JJ's camp; Ray looks to the summer as a chance to reinvent himself; Jimmy and Dylan have a father/daughter bonding moment.
John Ross Bowie(Jimmy DiMeo)
Mason Cook(Ray DiMeo)
Kyla Kenedy White(Dylan DiMeo)
Cedric Yarbrough(Kenneth Clements)
Minnie Driver(Maya DiMeo)
Micah Fowler(J.J. DiMeo)
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