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 an affluent suburb, and the other in working-class areas. 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]

On October 21, 2015, ABC Family confirmed the series had been renewed for its fifth season, which will air on Freeform.[7] It was later confirmed to be the final season.[8] On March 19, 2016, it was announced that the fifth season was bumped to a 2017 premiere date.[9] In October 2016, the network announced that the final season would premiere on January 31, 2017.[10]


Bay Kennish, a teenage girl from the wealthy Kansas City suburb of Mission Hills, Kansas, discovers from a school lab assignment that her AB blood type is incompatible with her type A parents John and Kathryn. Genetic testing confirms Bay is not the Kennishes' biological daughter. She uses the phrase "real parents," but is informed that "biological" is the preferred term. It is revealed that the hospital mistakenly switched Bay with another newborn, Daphne Paloma Vasquez, who lives with her single mother Regina and grandmother Adriana in the low-income neighborhood of East Riverside, Missouri. Daphne is deaf, having lost her hearing as a result of contracting meningitis at age three. The Kennishes invite Daphne and Regina to their home, and after learning that Regina is struggling financially, propose that they move into their guest house with Adriana, an offer that Regina accepts.

This forces the girls, along with both families, to understand their differences and embrace their similarities. The girls sometimes struggle with their identities, as Bay discovers she has inherited her artistic talent from Regina, and Daphne discovers she has inherited John's athletic skill and Kathryn's love of cooking. Both mothers learn to bond with their biological daughters, while often unintentionally angering their legal ones. John learns to relate to his new-found daughter by coaching her deaf school's basketball team and employing her in the office of one of the local chain of car washes that he owns. Bay is driven by a need to find her biological father Angelo Sorrento, who left Regina shortly after Daphne went deaf. That causes a bond between her and Emmett that later becomes an intense romance.

Cast and Characters


Recurring characters

  • Marlee Matlin as Melody Bledsoe
  • Ivonne Coll as Adriana Vasquez
  • Austin Butler as Wilkie
  • Maiara Walsh as Simone Sinclair
  • Blair Redford as Ty Mendoza
  • B.K. Cannon as Mary Beth
  • Anthony Natale as Cameron Bledsoe
  • TL Forsberg as Olivia
  • Christopher Wiehl as Patrick
  • Tania Raymonde as Bay's rebellious friend Zarra
  • Justin Bruening as Chef Jeff Reycraft
  • Ryan Lane as Travis Barnes
  • Max Lloyd-Jones as Noah
  • Annie Ilonzeh as Lana
  • Cassi Thomson as Nikki Papagus (Kennish)
  • Stephanie Nogueras as Natalie Pierce
  • Max Adler as Miles "Tank" Conroy
  • Alec Mapa as Renzo
  • RJ Mitte as Campbell Bingman
  • David Castaneda as Jorge
  • Bianca Bethune as Sharee
  • Sharon Pierre-Louis as Iris
  • Adam Hagenbuch as Greg "Mingo" Shimingo
  • Nyle DiMarco as Garrett Banducci
  • Daniel Durant as Matthew
  • Rachel Shenton as Lily Summers
  • Alice Lee as Skye


On August 1, 2011, ABC Family announced that they were ordering more episodes for the first season of Switched at Birth, bringing the first season to a total of 30 episodes. The series continued with a winter premiere on January 3, 2012, ending on March 20, 2012, with 12 episodes.[11][12] The series began airing the remaining 8 episodes of its first season beginning September 3, 2012.[13] On August 17, 2012, ABC Family renewed Switched at Birth for a second season;[14] it premiered on January 7, 2013.[15] After the spring finale on March 11, 2013, the second season resumed on June 10, 2013.[16] On July 30, 2013, ABC Family renewed the show for a third season to premiere 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]

On October 21, 2015, ABC Family confirmed the series had been renewed for its fifth season, which will air on Freeform.[7] It was later confirmed to be the final season.[17] On March 19, 2016, it was announced that the fifth season was bumped to a 2017 premiere date.[18]


The show's premiere on the ABC Family network was the highest-rated ever, with 3.3 million viewers. The first season averaged a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2,080,000 total viewers.[19] The second season ended with a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1,720,000 total viewers.[20] The third season averaged a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1,420,000 total viewers.[21] The fourth season averaged a 0.43 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 1,020,000 total viewers.[22] The fifth and final season of the show averaged a 0.21 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 501,000 total viewers, which were both down 50% from the fourth season.[23]


  1. Andreeva, Nellie (March 7, 2011). "ABC Family Expands Schedule To 3 Nights Of Original Programming".. Retrieved on March 8, 2011.
  2. Pennington, Gail (January 12, 2013). "TCA: 'Switched at Birth' goes deeper into deaf culture : Entertainment".. Retrieved on March 12, 2013.
  3. Barney, Chuck (June 29, 2011). "Chuck Barney: 'Switched at Birth' another winner for ABC Family".. Retrieved on July 16, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "ABC Family Announces Premiere Dates for 'Pretty Little Liars', 'Twisted', 'Switched at Birth' and 'The Fosters'". (October 21, 2013). Retrieved on October 21, 2013.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "ABC Family’s ‘Switched at Birth’ Renewed For Fourth Season". (Aug 13, 2014). Retrieved on Aug 19, 2014.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bibel, Sara (November 12, 2014). "ABC Family Announces January Premiere Dates for 'Pretty Little Liars', 'The Fosters', 'Chasing Life' & More".. Retrieved on November 12, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Swift, Andy (October 21, 2015). "Switched at Birth Renewed: Season 5 Coming to ABC Family/Freeform".. Retrieved on October 21, 2015.
  11. "ABC Family Orders More Episodes of Switched at Birth". (August 1, 2011). Retrieved on August 1, 2011.
  12. "Switched at Birth, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game: return." Retrieved 11/03/11.
  13. Bibel, Sara (July 10, 2012). "'Switched at Birth' to Air Its Season Premiere Monday, September 3; Season Kicks Off With All Day Marathon".. Retrieved on July 10, 2012.
  14. Kondolojy, Amanda (August 17, 2012). "ABC Family Renews 'Melissa & Joey', 'Baby Daddy', 'Switched at Birth' & Orders Additional Episodes of 'Bunheads'".. Retrieved on October 23, 2012.
  15. Ausiello, Michael (September 28, 2012). "'Pretty Little Liars' Season 3b Return Date — Plus 'Bunheads' Return Date".. Retrieved on October 22, 2012.
  16. "ABC Family Announces Summer Lineup Including Premieres of 'The Fosters', 'Twisted' + Return of 'Baby Daddy', Pretty Little Liars' & 'Switched at Birth'".. TV by the Numbers. Retrieved on 11 March 2013.
  19. "Switched at Birth: Season One Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on June 13, 2016.
  20. "Switched at Birth: Season Two Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on June 13, 2016.
  21. "Switched at Birth: Season Three Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on June 13, 2016.
  22. "Switched at Birth: Season Four Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on June 13, 2016.
  23. "Switched at Birth: Season Five Ratings".. TV Series Finale. Retrieved on July 30, 2017.

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