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Ringer aired from 2011 to 2012 on the CW. The hour-long soap opera marked Sarah Michelle Gellar's eagerly awaited return to television. She played two twin sisters who lived vastly different lifestyles. The show's central drama begins when Bridget, the poor, down-on-her-luck twin, is asked to testify against her murderous boss in court. Bridget senses that her life is in danger, so she seeks out Siobhan, her rich, well-to-do sister. Siobhan fakes her own death, and Bridget takes over her life and identity. Bridget believes that Siobhan really is dead.

After the trappings of her new upper-class lifestyle lose their appeal, Bridget realizes that stepping into Siobhan's shoes does not solve her problems. Siobhan's life has been quietly tumultuous for a long time. Bridget has to maintain a marriage to a man she does not love and nurture friendships with people who are strangers to her. She also has to navigate the romantic affair that Siobhan was having with her best friend's husband. Bridget learns that Siobhan's life had been in danger as well, meaning that she has stepped out of one murder plot and right into another.

Ringer's intriguing premise was not enough to keep it on the air for longer than one season. The CW had hoped that Ringer would help it expand beyond its trademark teen fare, but the show failed to lure mature viewers away from more adult networks. Ringer also never caught on with CW's core viewers, who preferred lighter fare such as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. The series did manage to wrap up as many loose threads as possible before its untimely cancellation. Bridget finds out that Siobhan is alive and had been a participant in the murder plot against her.

The show pokes fun at its own use of soap opera tropes. While Bridget is posing as Siobhan, she flounces about in Siobhan's extensive collection of Joan Collins-esque caftans. The green screen effects for outdoor scenes are deliberately obvious. The very notion of twins who are both at the centers of their very own murder plots is deliciously campy. Ringer's detractors pointed to these supposed flaws as evidence of the show's poor quality. These attributes actually hinted toward self-awareness on behalf of the show runners. Ringer never got the chance to fully explore its soapy conventions, but as it stands, the show is still a fast-paced, engrossing send-up of the genre.

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1 Season, 22 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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Ringer Full Episode Guide

  • With Bridget's upcoming vow renewal, she realizes she needs to reveal the truth to Andrew. Meanwhile, Henry struggles whether he should tell Bridget the truth about Siobhan.

  • Catherine's plot to separate Andrew and Bridget doesn't go as planned; Machado discovers who wanted Siobhan dead; and Siobhan's plan to help Henry hits a snag.

  • Agent Machado tries to explain the shooting attempt to Siobhan and Andrew.

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"Ringer" went out with a bang (pun intended) as the season closed out tonight. The bigger question is did the series just end as well?

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 21 Recap - 'It's Called Improvising Bitch!'

Things are beginning to tie together on this week's episode of "Ringer". Who knew when we first started the show that Catherine, Andrew's bitter ex-wife, would play such a prominent role in everything? Or that Olivia was involved? Or that she was a lesbian? It was just truth-bomb after truth-bomb this week.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 20 Recap - 'If You're Just an Evil Bitch Then Get Over It'

Things are getting intensely crazy on this week's episode of "Ringer". This is mostly thanks to Catherine, who reveals herself to be progressively more unhinged as the episode goes on.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 19 Recap - 'Let's Kill Bridget'

Everyone has murder on the mind in this week's episode of "Ringer". Siobhan fantasizes about killing Bridget in a scene that was produced entirely to be put into misleading promos. Bridget, as per usual, is nearly killed a million times. Agent Pretty Eyes delivers a beat down, loses his badge and nearly dies, which is really a Malcolm kind of day minus being tied to something.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 18 Recap - 'That Woman's Never Been a Victim Her Entire Life'

This week's "Ringer" was wildly uneven, managing to pack in a lot of edge-of-your-seat moments and revelations with an equal amount of boring conversations in hospital rooms. Even though we found out huge information bombs like Henry's unwitting murder of Tyler and that it's Bridget, not Siobhan the shooter was gunning for (pun fully intended) the hour still dragged.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 17 Recap - 'What We Have Is Worth The Pain'

A lot of secrets were revealed and a lot of truth bombs were dropped in this week's episode of "Ringer". We finally have the background on why Siobhan went to all this trouble to disappear. Like any good "Bond" movie villain, Siobhan finally described her dastardly plan to her main minion squeeze Henry. The mystery of what happened to Tyler, where the flash drive went and what happened to Malcolm still loom large however.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 16 Recap - 'You're Way Too Pretty to Go to Jail'

The stakes have never felt higher than they have on this week's episode of "Ringer". Sure, the show started with Bridget realizing that twin sister Siobhan's life wasn't as charmed as she had once thought after a murder attempt. Since the comedy of errors with the body of the would-be assassin in the trunk, however, the show has stuck mostly to its mistaken identity trappings.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 15 Recap - 'P.S. You're an Idiot'

Whenever twins turn up in "Ringer" you can be assured they will be double the trouble. So it is for Siobhan when she learns that the father of her babies isn't turtleneck-enthusiast Henry like she hoped, but most likely Andrew. Isn't it such a bummer when your husband turns out to be the father of your children?

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Can I just say wow? For once 'Ringer' both impressed and surprised me. I did not see the reveal with Juliet and Mr. Carpenter coming. This was easily one of the best episodes of the entire season, due in large part to how quickly the narrative began moving forward.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 12 Recap - 'What Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?'

I don't know about you, but I personally think the episode title of this week's 'Ringer' is among the best episode titles to ever exist in the history of television. It's a finely crafted program indeed that can work the word 'ho-bag' into an episode title.

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