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Switched at Birth

Series Summary
Bay Kennish is a teenager who grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Fellow teen Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age, was raised by a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. One day in her high-school chemistry class, Bay discovers that her blood type doesn't match either of her parents'. Official tests confirm that Bay is not her parents' birth child. When the Kennish family meets Daphne and her mom, Regina, they realize that the girls were switched at birth. The news prompts the Kennishes to allow Regina -- who is experiencing financial difficulties -- Daphne and Daphne's grandmother to live in their guest house. The two polar-opposite families struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls, who try to keep their footing in both the world they know and the new one into which they are thrown.

Air Dates: 2011 - Present

Genres: Drama

Network: ABCF

  • Yuletide Fortune Tellers Dec 8, 2014

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    A Christmastime family dinner with "magical" garlic knots creates an alternate reality where Bay and Daphne are each raised by their biological parents.

  • Season 3, Ep. 21 : And Life Begins Right Away Aug 18, 2014

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    Shocking news about Carlton threatens to spoil graduation day; Daphne fears her past will jeopardize her future; John and Kathryn are not pleased after learning of Bay's post-graduation plans; Travis' wish comes true.

  • Season 3, Ep. 20 : The Girl on the Cliff Aug 11, 2014

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    Regina, Kathryn and John set ground rules after they learn the extent of Daphne's self-destructive behavior; a new dress code causes Bay to reconsider attending her school's prom.

  • Season 3, Ep. 19 : You Will Not Escape Aug 4, 2014

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    Things get out of hand when Daphne encourages her fellow students to join her in senior ditch day; Bay discusses her family medical history with Angelo's doctor; Kathryn brings Regina to New York for a party by her book publisher.

  • Season 3, Ep. 18 : It Isn't What You Think Jul 28, 2014

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    Bay tries to lend support to Tank when he meets his father for dinner; Toby stirs things up with Lily; Daphne and Travis receive their admission results from Gallaudet University.

critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • Katie Leclerc is instantly, sunnily appealing as Daphne....Vanessa Marano is fine as the other misplaced kid, except she's a sulker and sort of a drag. [13 Jun 2011, p.48] show more

  • High concept, and yet it works, thanks to solid acting. show more

  • If the situation of Switched at Birth often seems surreal and at times contrived (seriously, no one is going to even call a lawyer? Or a therapist? Or the hospital?), the performances keep the story grounded as yet another alternative American family blooms under the California sun. show more

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