Network: ABC Family/Freeform
Episodes: 103 (hour)
TV show dates: June 6, 2011 — present
Series status: Cancelled/ending
Performers include: Katie Leclerc, Vanessa Marano, Constance Marie, D. W. Moffett, Lea Thompson, Lucas Grabeel, Ivonne Coll, and Sean Berdy.
TV show description:
This dramatic TV series tells the story of two teenage girls who discover that they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. As a result, they are raised in very different environments than what they would have been.
An artistic teenager, Bay Kennish (Vanessa Marano) grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother. Privileged and eccentric, she’s lived a charmed life with the family she thought was her own. She was raised by her stay-at-home mom Kathryn (Lea Thompson) and former professional baseball player father John (D. W. Moffett), in the wealthy neighborhood Mission Hills, Kansas, along with her brother Toby (Lucas Grabeel).
After studying blood types in school, Bay begins to wonder why her blood type does not match her parents’. The family has some genetic tests done and discover that Bay is not biologically related to them. They discover that the hospital mistakenly switched her with another female newborn, Daphne Vasquez (Katie Leclerc).
She’s a deaf teen living with her struggling single mother Regina (Constance Marie) and Puerto Rican grandmother (Ivonne Coll) in a working-class neighborhood in Riverside, Missouri. A case of meningitis caused Daphne to lose her hearing as a child so she attends Carlton, a school for the Deaf, where she plays basketball and learns sign language.
Emmett (Sean Berdy) is Daphne’s sweet but protective best friend. Also deaf, he has a passion for photography and can be often found taking pictures or riding his motorcycle. His mother Melody (Marlee Matlin), is best friends with Daphne’s mom, Regina.
Things come to a dramatic head when the families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.
This TV series has not ended yet.
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