Network: ABC Family/Freeform
Episodes: 103 (hour)
TV show dates: June 6, 2011 — April 11, 2017
Series status: Cancelled
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.
Episode 103 — Long Live Love
Kathryn becomes nostalgic when she realizes that it’s been five years since the switch was discovered and the two families started living together. As she searches for memories, Kathryn discovers a long buried family secret – stretching all the way back to the switch – that changes everything. Daphne competes against Mingo for a six-week paid internship in sports medicine. Bay is celebrated for her tattoo work in a magazine spread, but her struggle to prove herself as an artist to John threatens to destroy their relationship. Toby meets Amelia (guest star Lauren Potter), a young woman with Down Syndrome who changes his perception about his son’s future. Melody, Emmett and Travis make some major decisions about their lives, and Regina takes a chance on love. (Courtesy Freeform. The finale is 90 minutes.)
First aired: April 11, 2017.
What do you think? Are you a fan of the Switched at Birth TV show? Do you think that it should have been cancelled or renewed for a sixth season?