Switched at Birth

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  • TV-14
  • 2011
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.7  (26,093)

Switched at Birth is an American television drama series that premiered on FreeForm in 2011 and ran until 2017. The show follows two families who are brought together after it is discovered that their daughters were switched at birth in the hospital. One of the girls, Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc), is deaf and was raised by a single mother in a low-income household. The other girl, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano), is hearing and grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother.

The series begins with the discovery of the switch, and the emotional turmoil that both families experience as they try to come to terms with the fact that they have been living with the wrong child for sixteen years. As Daphne and Bay are introduced to each other and to their new families, they must navigate the unfamiliar worlds that they find themselves in and learn to live with the consequences of the mistake that was made.

Throughout the course of the series, the characters deal with a range of issues related to family, identity, relationships, and disability. Daphne, as a deaf character, adds a layer of complexity to the show's portrayal of disability, as the series explores the challenges that she faces in a hearing world, as well as the richness of Deaf culture and community. The show also features a diverse cast of characters, including several who are Latinx, African American, and LGBTQ, which contributes to its multi-layered and nuanced depiction of social issues.

Katie Leclerc gives a standout performance as Daphne, bringing authenticity and depth to her portrayal of a deaf teenager who is learning to navigate the complexities of her new family and her evolving sense of identity. Sean Berdy, who is himself deaf, is excellent as Daphne's best friend Emmett, and Lucas Grabeel is charming as Bay's older brother Toby. Vanessa Marano is also strong as Bay, who is struggling to reconcile her privileged upbringing with the new knowledge that she was exchanged at birth.

The show's supporting cast is also strong, with notable performances from Jason Brooks as Bay's driven father John, D.W. Moffett as Daphne's biological father Angelo, and Lea Thompson as Bay's artist mother Kathryn. Austin Butler, William Lucking, Stephen Lunsford, Robin Thomas, Charles Michael Davis, Robin Riker, Max Lloyd-Jones, Maiara Walsh, Cameron Dye, Erinn Westbrook, Tina Huang, Cassi Thomson, Tamara Feldman, Tania Raymonde, Gilles Marini, Mariah Bonner, Nathalia Ramos, Zoey Deutch, Allison Scagliotti, Charlene Amoia, Constance Marie, Marlee Matlin, Ivonne Coll, and Ryan Lane all play important roles in the story, and the chemistry between the actors is palpable.

The show's writing is consistently strong, with well-crafted storylines that blend drama, comedy, and romance in a way that feels authentic and organic. The show's creators, Lizzy Weiss and Paul Stupin, are adept at exploring complex emotional terrain and creating characters that feel real and relatable. The show also tackles difficult social issues head-on, including racism, classism, ableism, and the challenges faced by people with disabilities.

The show's production values are also impressive, with striking visuals that capture the beauty of southern California and exquisite attention to detail in everything from set design to costume choices. The show's use of American Sign Language is particularly innovative, as it makes the show more accessible to a deaf and hard-of-hearing audience while also enhancing its storytelling.

Overall, Switched at Birth is a beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant drama that explores complex issues with depth and sensitivity. Featuring a talented cast and exceptional writing, the show is a must-watch for fans of character-driven storytelling and nuanced social commentary.

Switched at Birth is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (103 episodes). The series first aired on June 6, 2011.

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Long Live Love
10. Long Live Love
April 11, 2017
In the emotional series finale, Kathryn realizes it’s been five years since the switch was discovered and the two families started living together. As she reminisces, she discovers a long buried family secret that changes everything.
The Wolf is Waiting
9. The Wolf is Waiting
April 4, 2017
Travis and Bay have dinner with his birth mom, but painful memories surface during the reunion. Daphne considers helping Chris cheat on a test. Regina gets an unexpected visit.
Left in Charge
8. Left in Charge
March 28, 2017
In an effort to pay their electric bill, Bay and Daphne throw a “lights on” party at their apartment above the Cracked Mug but the night takes a turn for the worse when Toby overhears two students making disability jokes.
Memory (The Heart)
7. Memory (The Heart)
March 21, 2017
In the series' 100th episode, a mysterious young woman stirs up memories for Bay and Daphne of their deceased father Angelo. Toby is caught in the middle of his mother’s wishes to baptize his son Carlton and his wife’s feelings about faith.
Four Ages in Life
6. Four Ages in Life
March 7, 2017
Daphne begins volunteering at a clinic for extra credit and comes face-to-face with her old mentor, Dr. Jackson. While eager to reconcile with him, she grows alarmed when it becomes obvious he’s having trouble properly treating his patients.
Occupy Truth
5. Occupy Truth
February 28, 2017
With tensions boiling over, the Black Student Union stands up to the school administration until their demands are heard.
Relation of Lines and Colors
4. Relation of Lines and Colors
February 21, 2017
After Daphne and Sharee witness a threat to the Black Student Union, Daphne tries to understand the escalating racial tensions on campus.
3. Surprise
February 14, 2017
Returning from London for a visit, Toby and Lily have exciting news to share. Regina must decide whether to reveal her relationship with Luca to the family.
This Has to Do with Me
2. This Has to Do with Me
February 7, 2017
After a photo of Daphne and Mingo dressed up as their favorite singers at a college costume party goes viral, the pair find themselves caught up in a controversy that escalates into a discussion of race relations and free speech. Bay seeks a job at the tattoo parlor in town. Kathryn and John court a new shortstop for the UMKC baseball team, while Regina and Luca work on a class project together.
The Call
1. The Call
January 31, 2017
Daphne and Bay are captivated by China and decide to stay indefinitely. After 10 months they get an emergency call and drop everything to return home. Upon their return, they both struggle to adjust to life at home.
Where to Watch Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth is available for streaming on the FreeForm website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Switched at Birth on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, FuboTV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV and Freeform.
  • Premiere Date
    June 6, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (26,093)