- 1 Season
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.