Switched at Birth
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Created by

Lizzy Weiss

Production company

Pirates' Cove Entertainment
ABC Family Original Productions
Suzy B Productions


  • Vanessa Marano
  • Katie Leclerc
  • Constance Marie
  • Lea Thompson
  • D. W. Moffett
  • Lucas Grabeel
  • Gilles Marini
  • Sean Berdy
  • Country of origin

    United States

    No. of seasons


    No. of episodes


    Official website

    ABC Family - Switched at Birth


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    Switched at Birth is an American teen/family drama television series that premiered on ABC Family on June 6, 2011, at 9:00 ET/PT.[1] The one-hour scripted drama is set in the Kansas City metropolitan area, and revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in very different environments: one in the affluent suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, and the other in working-class East Riverside, Missouri. According to ABC Family, it is "the first mainstream television series to have multiple deaf and hard-of-hearing series regulars and scenes shot entirely in American Sign Language (ASL)".[2]

    The show's debut was ABC Family's highest-rated series debut to date.[3] The series won an honorary Peabody Award in 2013, and on July 30, ABC Family ordered a third season which premiered on January 13, 2014.[4] On August 13, 2014, ABC Family renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on January 6, 2015.[5][6]

    ABC Family, which change its name to Freeform in January 2016, announced on Wednesday October 21, 2015 that it has renewed the long-running drama for a fifth season.[7]

    As of October 26, 2015, a total of 93 episodes of Switched at Birth have aired.

    On March 19, 2016, it was announced that the fifth season was bumped from a March 2016 to a January 2017 premiere date. In October 2016, the network announced that the final season would premiere on January 31, 2017.


    Bay Kennish is an artistic teenager being raised by her stay-at-home mother Kathryn and former professional baseball player father John, in the wealthy Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, along with her older brother Toby. After studying blood types in school, Bay questions why her type is considered impossible given those of her parents. After genetic testing that confirms Bay is not biologically related to her parents, the family discovers that the hospital mistakenly switched Bay with another newborn, Daphne Vasquez, a deaf teen who lost her hearing as a result of meningitis, living with her struggling single mother, Regina and Puerto Rican grandmother in the low-income neighborhood of East Riverside, Missouri.

    When the two families meet, the girls struggle with their identities as Bay relates to Regina's artistic abilities and Daphne is drawn to John's athletic skills and to Kathryn's cooking abilities. The Kennishes learn that Regina is facing financial woes and propose the Vasquezes move into their guest home. The new living situation forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities. Kathryn attempts to bond with Daphne while unintentionally alienating Bay. At the same time, Regina struggles with Kathryn's influence on Daphne and bonding with Bay.

    Series Overview

    Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
    Series premiere Season finale Region 1
    June 6, 2011
    October 22, 2012 December 13, 2011[8]
    Vol. 1; 10 episodes
    January 7, 2013
    August 19, 2013 N/A
    January 13, 2014
    December 8, 2014 N/A
    January 6, 2015
    October 26, 2015 N/A
    January 31, 2017
    April 11, 2017 N/A

    The Main Casts

    DVD Released

    On December 13, 2011, ABC Family (now Freeform) released Switched at Birth: Volume One on DVD via their Disney-ABC collection.

    External Links

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    1. Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2011). "ABC Family Expands Schedule To 3 Nights Of Original Programming". Deadline.
    2. Pennington, Gail (January 12, 2013). "'Switched at Birth' goes deeper into deaf culture". St. Louis Today. Retrieved March 12, 2013.
    3. Barney, Chuck (June 29, 2011). "'Switched at Birth' another winner for ABC Family". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved July 16, 2011.
    4. Kondolojy, Amanda (October 21, 2013). "ABC Family Announces Premiere Dates for 'Pretty Little Liars', 'Twisted', 'Switched at Birth' and 'The Fosters'". TvByTheNumbers. Retrieved October 21, 2013.
    5. Andreeva, Nellie (August 13, 2014). ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth’ Renewed For Fourth Season. Deadline. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
    6. Bibel, Sara (November 12, 2014). "ABC Family Announces January Premiere Dates for 'Pretty Little Liars', 'The Fosters', 'Chasing Life' & More". TVbytheNumbers. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
    7. Swift, Andy (October 21, 2015). "Switched at Birth Renewed: Season 5 Coming to ABC Family/Freeform". TVLine. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
    8. Switched at Birth - 'Volume 1' DVD Release Announced for the ABC Family Show